Mitchell, Doncic, Embiid… a wealth of talent, a deluge of points

Like Cleveland star Donovan Mitchell’s 71 points against Chicago on Monday, high-flying individual performances are currently on the rise in the NBA, a phenomenon largely due to an abundance of talent never before seen in the league’s best. in the world. .

It was a historic night for Mitchell, who has already left a mark in his time with the Cavs, for his first season in Ohio where only LeBron James and, to a lesser extent, Kyrie Irving have the status. unbeaten, since the title of champion won in 2016.

With his total, a new franchise record, the former Utah fullback joined five other players with 71 or more points in a game: Wilt Chamberlain (100), Kobe Bryant (81), David Thompson (73), Elgin Baylor and David Robinson ( 71).

It matched the sixth best score in history (Chamberlain also managed matches with 72 and 78 points) so far is the peak of the current exercise, but no one says it can’t be beaten, both exploits of this type is currently legion.

Last week, Luka Doncic (Dallas) passed 60 points to the Knicks, decorating his work with a rare triple-double with 21 rebounds and 10 assists. And like the American (22/34 on shots), the Slovenian prodigy (21/31) showed impressive skills in his third game of the season with at least 50 units. Before them, Joel Embiid (Philadelphia) scored 59 points against Utah, who also showed skill (19/28)…

– “The method on the physical level” –

Nearly halfway through the season, he has had 14 games with 50 or more points, the last coming Tuesday night with Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 55 unit in Milwaukee’s win over Washington, the two-time MVP (2019, 2020 ) which simultaneously beat his personal record.

For former player and coach Jacques Monclar, consultant for BeIn Sports, “it would be very simple” to explain this orgy of points “by the chronic lack of defense in the opposing teams”.

“At times, they were really very conciliatory, we have seen worse in the past. Certainly the 1980s were symbolized by the brutality of Homeric battles, but there was also a difference between the teams that some did not defend everything. Ditto in the 1990s, even in the 2000s”, he recalls.

Other factors are preferable according to him, starting with physical parameters.

“We are at a time of the season when the veterans, the seasoned players are in great shape. In current basketball where there are many races, round trips, their cardio level is amazing”, observes Jacques Monclar.

“Then there’s their ability to put their technique on a physical level. That’s what Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell, Luka Doncic manage to do every night. We can talk about defense… but the quality of baskets they recorded show that the exercise remains difficult and dangerous, it should not be ignored”.

– Ability to repeat exploits –

“The quality of a star today is judged by his ability to repeat them, not to make them,” he said.

However, more of them can enter this category in the NBA, despite the unrepentant scorers, Kevin Durant (Brooklyn), Stephen Curry (Golden State), Damian Lillard (Portland), Joel Embiid, Anthony Davis , Lebron James (Lakers), Jayson Tatum (Boston) and other Devin Booker (Phoenix)…

“Ja Morant (Memphis), Anthony Edwards (Minnesota), Jordan Clarkson (Utah), Trae Young (Atlanta) or even Klay Thompson (Golden State) could also + crash + 50 or 60. It’s been a little crazy” , lists Jacques Monclar.

There are too many players who know how to take advantage of any power attack in the NBA, where many teams play at a very high tempo. This translates into higher properties and shooting possibilities.

“The intensity they put on the floor is impressive. But the quality of work, training, management of workers also promotes individual performances,” said Jacques Monclar.

“The NBA also feels that the players have more talent, so it demands stricter compliance with the rules, like walking or carrying the ball. Because without that, at the speed at which they go, that have power. it’s theirs, the defenses don’t stand a chance”, he concluded.

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