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    Default Kevin McHale only has two 40 point games

    I find that stat strangely low. Kevin McHale, "the great" Kevin McHale, only has two 40 point games under his belt. He actually achieved that feet in the same week, in back to back games at that. Doing it back it back is great work, however he never reached that 40 point plateau again. Why is that?

    And Kevin didn't even win player of the week for that run. It went to Darrell Griffith. So, the greatest week in his career, he didn't even win the award.

    He actually never won a player of the week award.


    Top Power Forwrds 40+ point games:
    47 Bob Pettit
    44 Karl Malone
    37 Elvin Hayes
    29 Giannis Antetekoumpou
    21 Charles Barkley
    20 Dirk Nowitzki
    5 Tim Duncan
    4 Kevin Garnett
    2 Kevin McHale

    You would think someone the stature of Kevin McHale would have multiple 40 point games, but that is not the case.

    For good measure, PF's 20+ rebound games:
    54 Charles Barkley
    36 Kevin Garnett
    26 Tim Duncan
    12 Karl Malone
    5 Giannis Antetekoumpou
    1 Dirk Nowitzki
    0 McHale
    N/A Bob Pettit
    N/A Elvin Hayes

    Hayes and Pettit's rebounding totals aren't available but they most likely have the most on this list.

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    Default Re: Kevin McHale only has two 40 point games

    OP still upset McHale was voted ahead of Hayes by ISH.

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    Default Re: Kevin McHale only has two 40 point games

    Quote Originally Posted by L.Kizzle View Post

    He actually never won a player of the week award.


    Top Power Forwrds 40+ point games:
    47 Bob Pettit
    44 Karl Malone
    37 Elvin Hayes
    29 Giannis Antetekoumpou
    21 Charles Barkley
    20 Dirk Nowitzki
    5 Tim Duncan
    4 Kevin Garnett
    2 Kevin McHale


    You would think someone the stature of Kevin McHale would have multiple 40 point games, but that is not the case.

    For good measure, PF's 20+ rebound games:
    54 Charles Barkley
    36 Kevin Garnett
    26 Tim Duncan
    12 Karl Malone
    5 Giannis Antetekoumpou
    1 Dirk Nowitzki
    0 McHale
    N/A Bob Pettit
    N/A Elvin Hayes

    Hayes and Pettit's rebounding totals aren't available but they most likely have the most on this list.

    Relative to total games played I would guess Big Ticket and Big Fundamental are lookin at a similar proportional total.

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    Default Re: Kevin McHale only has two 40 point games

    Hayes PPG from '73-'79 when he played for winning teams: 21.5 ppg on only 46 FG% and 41 mpg

    McHale PPG from '84-'90: 21.6 ppg on 57 FG% on only 35 mpg.

    Hayes had his best scoring years on bad teams where they didn't have much options, when he got put into a winning team, like McHale was for the majority of his career, his scoring was on par with McHale's but his efficiency was a tier below and was putting in more minutes to get those points.
    Last edited by 1987_Lakers; 09-29-2022 at 09:13 PM.

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    Default Re: Kevin McHale only has two 40 point games

    Quote Originally Posted by 1987_Lakers View Post
    Hayes PPG from '73-'79 when he played for winning teams: 21.5 ppg on only 46 FG% and 41 mpg

    McHale PPG from '84-'90: 21.6 ppg on 57 FG% on only 35 mpg.

    Hayes had his best scoring years on bad teams where they didn't have much options, when he got put into a winning team, like McHale was for the majority of his career, his scoring was on par with McHale's put his efficiency was a tier below and was putting in more minutes to get those points.
    Yea; OP is also ignoring the fact that McHale came off the bench more than he started in his career.

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    Default Re: Kevin McHale only has two 40 point games

    Quote Originally Posted by HoopsNY View Post
    Yea; OP is also ignoring the fact that McHale came off the bench more than he started in his career.
    I actually made a thread on McHale being a bench player the majority of his career.

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    Default Re: Kevin McHale only has two 40 point games

    Quote Originally Posted by L.Kizzle View Post
    I actually made a thread on McHale being a bench player the majority of his career.
    So was Manu

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    Default Re: Kevin McHale only has two 40 point games

    Quote Originally Posted by 1987_Lakers View Post
    Hayes PPG from '73-'79 when he played for winning teams: 21.5 ppg on only 46 FG% and 41 mpg

    McHale PPG from '84-'90: 21.6 ppg on 57 FG% on only 35 mpg.

    Hayes had his best scoring years on bad teams where they didn't have much options, when he got put into a winning team, like McHale was for the majority of his career, his scoring was on par with McHale's but his efficiency was a tier below and was putting in more minutes to get those points.
    This isn't about Hayes, it's about McHale. Why didn't his high fg% lead to more points? And why do you bring up minutes? Hayes was their best scorer of course he gonna play more minutes.

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    Default Re: Kevin McHale only has two 40 point games

    Quote Originally Posted by 1987_Lakers View Post
    So was Manu
    No one has Manu over George Gervin.

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    Default Re: Kevin McHale only has two 40 point games

    Quote Originally Posted by L.Kizzle View Post
    No one has Manu over George Gervin.
    As they shouldn't. Gervin > Hayes

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    Default Re: Kevin McHale only has two 40 point games

    Quote Originally Posted by L.Kizzle View Post
    This isn't about Hayes, it's about McHale. Why didn't his high fg% lead to more points? And why do you bring up minutes? Hayes was their best scorer of course he gonna play more minutes.
    Why did Hayes only averaged 21-22 ppg despite playing 40 mpg?

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    Default Re: Kevin McHale only has two 40 point games

    Quote Originally Posted by 1987_Lakers View Post
    Why did Hayes only averaged 21-22 ppg despite playing 40 mpg?
    Why did old 40 year old Elvin Hayes outplay young 20 year old Kevin McHale?
    Hayes stats vs McHale from 81-84
    14/ 7 vs 12/6.
    Papa was putting it on nephew.

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    Default Re: Kevin McHale only has two 40 point games

    Poor OP

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    Default Re: Kevin McHale only has two 40 point games

    40 year old Hayes? lol.

    I like how you didn't include the minutes per game and fg% during their matchups.

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    Default Re: Kevin McHale only has two 40 point games

    Quote Originally Posted by 1987_Lakers View Post
    40 year old Hayes? lol.

    I like how you didn't include the minutes per game and fg% during their matchups.
    As well as your basketball knowledge is, McHale is going to win a FG% debate. Only Wilt and Shaq Gilmore had high FG% like Kevin did.
    Hayes shot on par with other MVP bigs like Cowens and Willis Reed and played as many minutes as guys like Bob Lanier and Bob McAdoo. McHale isn't over any of them either.

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