Michael Jordan. Allen Iverson. Rick Barry.
No, we're not playing a game of "Which of these things doesn't belong?".
Brewer joined some very elite company Friday night (against the Houston Rockets) becoming just the fourth player in NBA history to record at least 50 points and six steals in the same game according to ESPN's Ryan Feldman.
Corey Brewer has tied the Timberwolves single-game record with 51 points. MIN leads HOU 105-103 with 1:30 left. pic.twitter.com/ZV5XsUJ3Q6— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 12, 2014
Corey Brewer still not the most random 50-point scorer ever. #TonyDelk— devin kharpertian (@uuords) April 12, 2014
Feldman adds some other tidbits highlighting the uniqueness of Brewer's outburst:
Brewer is the sixth player in NBA history to score at least 50 points in a game without having previously scored 30 points in a game. The lowest previous career high for a player to score 50 points in a game was 26 by Terrence Ross(earlier this season for the Toronto Raptors) andTony Delk (in 2000-01 for the Phoenix Suns). Brewer, in his seventh NBA season, is the most experienced player ever to score 50 points without having previously scored 30.
The Minnesota Timberwolves swingman is known for his defense, but averages just 10 points per game on the season. He's almost the definition of a role player who very much knows his role. But on this night—in Kevin Love's absence—he was certainly something more.
Maybe Brewer just needs a team to himself.
More likely, however, this will rank as a rare accomplishment Brewer will never duplicate. He just had it going and, according to Fox Sports' Phil Irvin, wasn't keeping track of his tally: "I felt like I was in high school again. Everything was going in, but I was just playing. I wasn't thinking about it."
When Minnesota's rotation is whole again, Brewer will go back to serving as a complementary player. Though it's good to know he can rise to the occasion when needed, he's not the kind of guy for whom a team will call many plays—especially when said team has as much firepower as the Wolves.
For the moment, however, Brewer can certainly celebrate being in rare company.
In case you're wondering whether the big performance might net Brewer a big new contract, don't get your hopes up. The 28-year-old has two seasons remaining on his contract, each worth just under $5 million.