Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf’s Unappreciated First Half Of The 1995/96 Season
I still consider Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (formerly Chris Jackson) to be the greatest college scorer and best freshman ever. He scored 48 and 53 in his first month of his college career, 55 a month later and ended his season with the NCAA freshman scoring record. During his sophomore season he scored 40+ 11 times and 50+ 4 times.
Unfortunately, things didn’t start off or end that well for Mahmoud, a 3rd pick in the 90 draft, in the NBA. He did win the Most Improved Player award in 1993 but it was his controversial 1995-96 season when he averaged a career high 19.2 a game and played like Chris Jackson or (this is going to piss a lot of people off) Steph Curry before Steph Curry, that I rave about the most when his name is mentioned.
The season started off with a 32 & 13 game against the Lakers. He followed that up with 30 and 9 against the Spurs. Then in mid November he exploded for 30 points, a career-high 20 assists and 8 rebounds in a triple OT win over the Suns. It did take him 56 minutes to get those numbers and he did miss 15 of 27 attempts but it was still a great and very exciting performance.
A week after this game, he put up 39 & 10 vs the Mavs and then a week after that he blew up for 51 with 9 3-pointers in a win against John Stockton and the Jazz!
Unfortunately the only thing most people remember about this season is how it ended and pretty much ended his NBA career. If you want to know more about why and the National anthem controversy then you can google it. I just want to focus on what he did before the incident and why I constantly bring his name up when I watch Steph Curry play.
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