Kobe Bryant once said there is one player who has no weakness in his game every day all year around. The Black Mamba was referring to Brandon Roy who is one of the biggest "what if" players in NBA history. He was a very unique shooting guard who was able to create for himself and his teammates, often delivering clutch performances on a nightly basis.
We're taking a trip down the memory lane to one of the games that marked his short career, and that was a regular season game against the Phoenix Suns which featured a couple of Hall of Famers in Shaquille O'Neal, Grant Hil and Steve Nash but also a prime Amare Stoudemire. The Suns had big aspirations for that season but that night Brandon Roy stole the show.
He finished the game with 52 points and 6 assists while shooting 14-17 from the field. This game was nationally televised, but Roy didn't seem to feel any pressure at all.
“I think this is by far the best offensive game I’ve had,” Roy said. “I can’t say the basket was big, but my confidence was huge tonight. I just felt like every shot I took was going to go in.”
Trailblazers coach Nate McMillan wasn't even surprised by Roy's scoring outburst and said this is something he expects for him.
“It really felt like a quiet 52 points. He was just knocking down shots. You almost expect him to do this night after night.”
It's very unfortunate Brandon Roy's career practically ended at the age of 26. His game was incredibly fluid and his fundamentals were on a level rarely seen in the NBA. The Portland Trailblazers were also building at that a very solid young team that also featured LaMarcus Aldridge.
Nevertheless, Roy left his impact on the NBA and especially on the Phoenix Suns that night at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland.