When Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in the game almost six decades ago, it’s one of those records that remains to this day, and there is a high probability nobody will be able to break it. The only player that got really close to Wilt was the late-great Kobe Bryant when he scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors in 2006. Since then, we’ve seen multiple players drop 50,60 points, with Devin Booker going for 70 a few years ago. It will be hard to break Kobe’s performance even though there are a few players in the NBA right now that have the potential to come really close.
One of those players is Damian Lillard, who tends to score buckets at will, which he proved multiple times in his career. He recently went on the Dan Patrick Show, where he shared his thoughts on the players that have what it takes to break Kobe’s record if they have an outstanding scoring outburst.
If somebody gets close to Kobe’s 81, I think it would be between me, Steph, Devin Booker, can really get hot. I would say someone on Brooklyn, but with all three of them being out there, it’s going to be tough. So I would say me, Steph, Devin Booker, Klay could do it, and I think Bradley Beal can do it too.Damian Lillard, via Dan Patrick Show
Today’s NBA is a guard-driven league, with most great scorers being guards or small forwards who are now relying on shooting more than anything else. Lillard was asked what type of team those players would have to play against, and he said teams that are the most vulnerable are the ones with big men that are not mobile or explosive.
It’s going to take a crazy night, but it can happen. It would have to be against a team with a big that is not mobile because they wouldn’t be able to be as high like in pick-n-rolls and staff like that.Damian Lillard, via Dan Patrick Show
The NBA is so much oriented on offense now that if someone ever scores more than Kobe, there actually is a high probability it might be someone from the group of players Lillard mentioned. A great scorer today is more likely to get quite a few easier points than before, and with the amount of three-point shooting, those chances of scoring 80 or more increase significantly. It will be interesting to see if someone can score 80 again, and some say it’s only a matter of time. Still, like everything in life, there is also a probability Kobe’s 81-point performance remains intact much longer than we all initially think.