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The 10 Best Individual Performances In NBL Canada History

As players, teams, and the league are preparing for the 2017-2018 season, we wanted to look back at some of the top performances from the league’s 6 years in existence.  Last year saw two 51 point performances and a league high 8 triple-doubles.

On the cusp of the 2018-17 season, our Jake Beckett breaks down the 10 greatest individual games in NBLC history*

*We only considered regular season games for this list, we’ll be producing a list of playoff performances soon

 

Honorable Mentions

Omar Strong, January 11, 2015 vs Island
44 points, 11-of-22 3FG, 5 rebounds, 9-of-9 FT

Chad Posthumus, January 10, 2015 vs Moncton
34 points, 22 rebounds, 15-of-31 FG

Eric Frederick, January 20, 2013 vs London
47 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals, 16-of-28 FG

Maurice Jones Jr, April 14, 2017 vs Orangeville
12 points, 19 assists, 11 rebounds

Royce Parran, March 16, 2013 vs Halifax
23 Points, 10 rebounds, 18 assists

 


 

10. Quinnel Brown
January 8, 2015 vs Brampton A’s
30 points, 10-of-10 FG, 8-of-11 FT, 4 Rebounds

Midway through the 2014/15 season, Express star, Quinnel Brown, treated the league to it’s first perfect night with 10 or more field goals made.  The 6’6 small forward shot an impressive 10-of-10 from the field against a solid Brampton A’s defense, on his way to 30 points, 3 assists and 4 rebounds.  Brown would go on to win the NBLC Scoring title, take home the MVP award, and win his second championship with the Express.

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9. Darren Duncan
January 25, 2013 vs Saint John Mill Rats
22 points, 20 assists, 9-of-11 FT, 2 steals

In a mid-season match up with the Saint John Mill Rats, Darren Duncan put on a passing clinic for the ages.  Not only setting the league record for assists in a game with 20 (a record that still stands), but Duncan also turned in the only 20 point and 20 assist game in league history.  Duncan added 22 points on a true shooting percentage of 62% to go along with his 20 assist but his Express still fell to the Mill Rats, 127-135.

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8. Kyle Johnson
February 4, 2017 vs Moncton Miracles
51 points, 6 assists, 17-of-22 FG

Making his return to the National Basketball League of Canada, Johnson joined the London Lighting for the 2016-2017 campaign and provided much needed bench scoring for the eventual champions.  During a 146-102 blowout win against the struggling Moncton Magic, Johnson tallied 51 total points, good for second most all-time (tied).  In what was the most efficient 50+ point game in league history, Johnson shot a sweltering 17-of-22 from the field.  Kyle’s 51 points is the highest output of any Canadian player in league history.

 

7. Tydran Beaty
March 26, 2017 vs The Island Storm
46 points, 15 rebounds, 18-of-28 FG, 4 assist

In a late season match up against the Island Storm, second year forward, Tydran Beaty, would score a career high 46 points.  After scoring no points in the first quarter and 15 in the second frame, Beaty went on a tear and scored 32 second half points.  Despite adding 15 rebounds and shooting an efficient 64% from the field, Beaty’s Miracles would fall short against the Storm.

 

6. Ryan Anderson
February 26, 2017 vs Cape Breton Highlanders
45 points, 6 rebounds, 13-of-27 3FG, 15-of-30 FG

The Cape Breton Highlanders struggled to defend beyond the arch in their inaugural season and Ryan Anderson took full advantage. In a shooting performance for the ages the long time NBLC player and London Lightning sharpshooter would break the league record made threes in a single game with 13 against the hapless Highlanders (a month later, Anthony Anderson would drop 11 made threes on the Highlanders).  Anderson’s 45 points was a season and career high for the fourth year player.  What made this performance more impressive, was the 72% true shooting percentage Anderson posted.

 

5. Royce White
January 8, 2017 vs KW Titans
30 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists

On January 7th, against the KW Titans, Royce White posted his first triple-double of 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assist.  The next night he would post a more impressive trouble-double against the very same Titans, this time posting 30 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.  In what would be White’s second of an NBLC best 5 triple-doubles last season, he posted arguably his best stat line of his pro career.  White eventually went on to win the National Basketball League of Canada Award and put in on of the most dominant seasons the league has ever season.

 

4. Anthony Anderson
February 18, 2016 vs Orangeville A’s
51 points, 14-of-22 FG, 8 assists, 7 rebounds

In his first of two entries on this list, Anthony Anderson would turn in the leagues second ever 50+ point game when he scored 51 against the Orangeville A’s during the 2015-16 season.  The former NBL Canada Most Valuable Player and all-time leader in almost all statistical categories (games played, points, FG made, assists, 3P made, and FT made), added another performance that solidifies his status as the best player to ever play in the National Basketball League of Canada.

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3. Isaac Butts
February 25, 2013 vs Halifax Rainmen
23 points, 20 rebounds, 10 blocks, 9-of-15 FG

Isaac’s stat line against the Rainmen is impressive for several reasons.  Not only did he turn in the only 20-20-10 triple double in league history, but he also the first of only two players to record triple-doubles with 10 or more blocks.  His 10 blocked shots remain a NBL Canada record that has only been matched once by the 2016 NBL Canada Defensive Player of the Year, Anthony Stover.  Butts’ performance stands as one of the most dominant games by a big man in NBL Canada history and helped earn him the NBL Canada Rookie of the Year award in 2012-13.

 

2. Anthony Anderson
March 28, 2017 vs Cape Breton Highlanders
51 points, 20-of-31 FG, 11-19 3FG, 10 assist, 5 rebounds

Anderson makes his second appearance on the list with another 51 point performance, this time against the Cape Breton Highlanders (their second time on this list as well).  In a late season match up against the Highlanders, Anderson turned in his best statline as a pro (yes even better than his triple-double in 2014).  Anderson’s 51 points came on a league record 20 made field goals and included 11 made three points, good for second most in league history.  Even more proof that Double A is the Greatest NBLC Player of All Time.

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1. Devin Sweetney
March 3, 2013 vs Montreal Jazz
56 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 18-39 FG.

The 2012-13 season just was not the season the Jazz wanted to have.  Besides going 2-38 on the season and holding the record for worst win percentage in league history (a record that won’t soon be broken), the Jazz will forever be known as the team Devin Sweetney scored 56 points on.  With a full statline of 56 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in just 48 minutes.  Sweetney easily lead the league in scoring and was appropriately awarded the Most Valuable Player award at the end of the season.  His 56 points still stands as the league record for points in a single game, as well as his 1001 regular season points and 25 points per game season average.

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