Spooky Good – On This Day in the NBA

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Although this year the league started much earlier, most years have tipped off very near Halloween.  A player who plays especially well on Halloween may be conquering their own personal spooky demons and setting the stage for a scary good season.  Here are the GOAT performers on this day in the NBA – the eeriest day of the year!  I set the arbitrary minimums at 4 games played at 20+ points per game OR a 40+ point performance on Halloween Day.

Player # of Games Total Points Avg. Points Best Game
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 9 206 22.9 35
George Gervin 6 161 26.8 36
Adrian Dantley 5 159 31.8 50
Rudy Gay 6 152 25.3 40
Blake Griffin 6 147 24.5 39
Fred Brown 7 141 20.1 33
Lenny Wilkens 6 132 22 38
Chris Paul 6 129 21.5 42
Marques Johnson 5 127 25.4 33
Alex English 6 126 21 26
Cazzie Russell 6 126 21 32
Robert Parish 6 123 20.5 25
Dave Bing 5 121 24.2 29
Larry Kenon 5 115 23 31
Lou Hudson 5 110 22 31
Rashard Lewis 4 110 27.5 50
Larry Bird 5 108 21.6 29
Otis Birdsong 4 108 27 31
Kobe Bryant 5 108 21.6 30
John Havlicek 5 108 21.6 33
Tony Parker 5 107 21.4 24
Bob Boozer 5 106 21.2 28
Chet Walker 4 103 25.8 39
Allen Iverson 4 102 25.5 27
Gail Goodrich 4 102 25.5 38
John Long 5 102 20.4 32
Al Harrington 5 101 20.2 42
Steph Curry 3 96 32 53
Latrell Sprewell 3 60 20 45
Jerry Stackhouse 5 88 17.6 44
Moses Malone 3 91 30.3 42
Brandon Roy 2 68 34 42
Calvin Murphy 7 139 19.9 40
Bob Lanier 9 173 19.2 41

I think it is pretty clear that Adrian Dantley is the king of NBA Halloween, with 5 games played, averaged nearly 32 points per game, and this 50-point masterpiece of a game, in which he made 26 free throws!

Steph Curry is poised to take over the title if he can get a few more games under his belt.  Unfortunately the Warriors don’t play tonight.  Will someone else step up their game tonight?  We shall see!

Courtesy of Basketball Reference

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