Trivia: Getting to the points quickly.

Posted on July 23, 2011 by


 Dre (@nerdnumbers) is Co-Editor for the Wages of Wins Network. He also leads up the stats collection department. Dre loves to scour the data for interesting facts and you lucky readers get regular doses of trivia as a result.

Congrats to Beasel32, Anthony Franco and Nathan Verney for taking this one down before the end of the weekend! Highlight below to see the answer if you don’t feel like guessing.

  • In 1978 Walter Davis scored 1959 Points to go along with a WP48 of 0.129 on Phoenix
  • In 1980 Dave Greenwood hit 1334 Points to go along with a WP48 of 0.142 for Chicago
  • In 1983 Clark Kellogg hit 1625 Points to go along with a WP48 of 0.230 for Indiana
  • In 1989 Willie Anderson hit 1508 Points to go along with a WP48 of 0.129 for San Antonio
  • In 1991 Lionel Simmons hit 1421 Points to go along with a WP48 of 0.149 for Sacramento
  • In 1992 Dikembe Mutombo his 1177 Points to go along with a WP48 of 0.193 for Denver

Today’s trivia question started with simple retweet I received from the best Colorado fan out there @Smooth_Operatah (paraphrased)

Dikembe Mutombo had offense!

This question  merits a post on its own, but for today it inspired a trivia question. My reply to this was that I’d prefer Dikembe due to his status as the greatest Nugget center and also the fact that in his earlier days he actually did have a pretty solid offense. Looking over the history of Dikembe’s offensive game using the simplest stat of Points Per Game, a funny thing about Dikembe stood out. It put him in rare company which leads to today’s trivia question:

Since 1978 only six players have managed to

  • Have a WP48 > 0.100 in their rookie season
  • Score 1000+ points in their rookie year
  • Played at least five seasons in the NBA
  • Had their best scoring season as a rookie

As per my usual routine I’ve named one of them for you. Think you can get the other five?