If someone told you that an NBA player dropped 44 points last night, who would come to mind?
James Harden? Kevin Durant? LeBron? DeMarcus Cousins? Anthony Davis?
You'd be lying if you said that Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Bojan Bogdanovic came to mind (or was one of your first 50 guesses).
Bojan Bogdanovic scores a career-high 44; the most in the Brooklyn era & the most since Deron Williams' 57 (3/4/12)https://t.co/A3NmFRMIR7— NBA History (@NBAHistory) March 16, 2016
As you can imagine, the 44 points were a career-high for the second-year Yugoslavian. He now averages 10.5 points per game this season after the incredible output. Here's what he had to say after the game.
As you would assume, his shooting numbers were outstanding. Known as a player who relies on an outside jump shot, he absolutely caught fire, going 17-for-27 from the floor and 6-for-7 from the charity stripe.
Since the Nets are in the midst of a dumpster fire of a season, their rotations vary on a nightly basis. Therefore, there are some games where unexpected players are relied on based on their performance. Tuesday was one of those nights for Bogdanovic.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 44 points on Tuesday (previous career high was 28 points) pic.twitter.com/WSkaCmLXwF— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 16, 2016
As you can see, through the first 143 games of his career, he averaged just 3.5 made field goals (he had 17 on Tuesday) and 7.9 attempted field goals (he had 27 on Tuesday). As noted, he had more points in Tuesday's contest than he did in his previous three games combined. That really tells you all you need to know.
In other words, don't count on this happening again this season (unless the team's new game plan is to give him the rock and let him hoist up shots all game).