Michael Adams – The Man With The Ugliest Golden Shot Ever
As odd looking as Michael Adams’s “herky jerky push shot” is, it’s one of the most effective in NBA history.
A 3rd round pick in the 1985 draft — where NBA greats Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, AC Green and Joe Dumars were called in the first round — the 5’11 “Mighty Mike” Adams played 11 years in the league and was first or 2nd in made 3-point goals for four consecutive years. His best statistical season came in 1990, when he averaged a ridiculous 27 points and 11 assists a game for the Denver Nuggets. One of the highlights of that season was when the Boston College alumni racked up 31 points and 17 assists against the Boston Celtics.
Here’s a few other monster games Adams put up that season with his odd shot.
- 54pts 9ast vs Bucks
- 44pts 10ast vs Kings
- 45pts 12ast vs Nets
- 39pts 12ast vs Rockets
- 22pts 18ast vs Clippers
- 37pts 14ast vs Mavs
- 31pts 16ast vs Hawks
- 35pts 9ast 7stls 9 3p vs Clippers
Surprisngly, this season wasn’t his All-Star season – that came a year later as a member of the Washington Bullets with averages of 18 points and 8 assists and an impressive debut of 23 points, 13 assists and 9 steals.
Adams’ final season was with the Charlotte Hornets in 1995/96. He only averaged 15 minutes in 21 games that year but did give fans one last great game on his birthday in 1996, when he scored a season high 14 points and dished out 12 assists vs the Miami Heat.
He has been coaching everywhere from the WNBA to the NCAA to overseas since and was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.