Tony Mitchell scored a (then) NBA D-League season-high 47 points in the Mad Ants' triple-overtime victory on Friday night. But by converting on only 16 of his 41 total shots, the forward still left basketball fans with something to be desired with regard to his inefficiency on the record-setting evening.
Red Claws' guard Jermaine Taylor must've heard all of their cries, because he made sure that record didn't stand tall for very long.
Just a night after Mitchell scored the now former NBADL season-high in points, Taylor poured in a special performance of his own with 49 points in Maine's 115-108 victory over the Armor on Saturday night. What may have made basketball fans smile all the more in delight was the fact that he did so while shooting 67% from the field, making 20 of 30 shots and even sinking all seven of his shots from the charity stripe.
Having bounced around a bit in the NBA, D-League, and overseas, Taylor has spent time with both the Kings and Rockets. Curious about what potential he may hold, the Rockets kept the guard in the fold the past two seasons as he donned a uniform for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
But after spending some time in Spain after signing with an international team this past fall, Taylor returned to his stateside D-League roots. When he signed with Maine just a couple weeks ago, the addition could have easily been overlooked as an afterthought of sorts, given that the Red Claws have become ever so notorious for reeling in past NBA vets to town. They sent five all-stars to Houston last month, and have added the likes of Gabe Pruitt and Josh Selby to their core in most recent months.
But Taylor has made sure to make his mark since first putting on his Red Claws jersey. In just five games, the Central Florida alum has averaged 30.2 points on 50% shooting from the field, 3.6 rebounds, and 3 steals per contest.
There's no doubt he's a favored candidate for the NBADL's "Top Performer of the Week" award, which is usually announced for the previous week on Mondays.