Rick Barry Rumors
Justin Kubatko: Highest TS% by a player with at least 50 points in an NBA Finals game: 74.9 – Giannis Antetokounmpo, 2021 G6 69.2 – LeBron James, 2018 G1 61.6 – Bob Pettit, 1958 G6 61.2 – Michael Jordan, 1993 G4 56.7 – Jerry West, 1969 G1 56.1 – Elgin Baylor, 1962 G5 48.8 – Rick Barry, 1967 G3 pic.twitter.com/9uHSBga4ZJ
Justin Kubatko: Giannis Antetokounmpo has scored 129 points through four games of the 2021 NBA Finals. The only players in NBA history with more points scored through their first four career Finals games are Rick Barry (165) and Allen Iverson (141). pic.twitter.com/SVT6CmNxYx
Although Devin Booker had zero playoff experience coming into this year, you kind of felt because of his playing style and demeanor that he was built for the postseason. Booker has made history in the 2020-21 playoffs by having the best scoring debut in postseason history, beating Rick Barry‘s 1967 record.
Justin Kubatko: Devin Booker last night: ✅ 31 PTS ✅ 5 REB ✅ 6 AST Only two players in NBA history have scored more points in their first postseason than Booker: 521 – Rick Barry, 1967 518 – Julius Erving, 1977 490 – Booker, 2021 pic.twitter.com/i1uxezmdaO
“Every time Book hit a 3 or did something, you could just tell it just melted them down,” Suns guard Mikal Bridges, who scored 27, said of Milwaukee. “[They were thinking] like, ‘Dang, we was right there.'” It was Booker’s eighth game with 30-plus points in these playoffs out of the 18 games Phoenix has played on its way to the championship round. His 490 total points this postseason rank third all time for a player competing in his first playoffs, according to ESPN Stats & Information research, trailing only Rick Barry (521) and Julius Erving (518).