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Andre Roberson: The 0 Game
So far in his career, Andre Roberson of the Oklahoma City Thunder is known as a strictly defensive stopper. He has career averages of 6.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1 assist, 1.2 steals, and 1 block. Usually, if he plays for a substantial time, he could make a strong contribution to the stats.
But on the night of February 25, 2016, he had a pretty uneventful game. While playing 22 minutes against the New Orleans Pelicans, Roberson accounted for only two field-goal attempts in the box score. He had zeros in points, steals, block, assists, rebounds, turnovers, and even fouls. That amount of ineffectiveness seems almost impossible for 22 minutes on the court.
Reggie Miller's Terrible Game 1
One of the greatest players in NBA history, Reggie Miller holds second place for the all-time three-point field goal record and has a career average of nearly 20 points per game.
However, he didn't show this greatness in Game 1 of the 2000 NBA Finals. Against Shaq and Kobe of the Lakers, Miller shot at 1 for 16. He had seven points, two rebounds, and four assists. His only successful shot came in the third quarter; the Pacers took a 17 point loss to the Lakers. Miller, who usually raised his level of play during big games, dropped a dud in his Finals debut. The Pacers went on to lose the series in six games.
This was a far cry from his eight points in nine seconds against the Knicks or his game-winning shot against Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
Russell Westbrook's 0 Field Goals
Russell Westbrook is the second Thunder player to make this list. On December 28, 2011, he scored only four points against the Memphis Grizzlies. These were entirely from the free-throw line. He went 0 for 13 from the field in nearly 40 minutes of play.
His numbers for that game were three rebounds, six assists, and four turnovers. However, his bad performance did not cost Oklahoma City a win. They squeaked out a victory against the Grizzlies with the final score being 98-95.
Kenyon Martin's 20 Missed Shots in the Finals
The NBA Finals in the last place you want to have a terrible performance, especially in an elimination game. In Game 6 of the 2003 Finals, that nightmare became a reality for Kenyon Martin. In that game, he scored eight points while missing 20 field goals. He finished the game at 3 for 23 from the field. While only shooting at 13%, he did manage to add 10 rebounds and two blocks. His Nets would lose the game at 88-77.
Tony Snell and Joel Anthony
Tony Snell and Joel Anthony account for the second and third quintuple bagel on the list. Snell played 28 minutes against the Jazz in February of 2017. He did not record a single point, rebound, assist, steal or block. Other than two missed shots and a foul, he had no accountable stats at all. He nearly set the record for most minutes played in a zero stat game.
That record belongs to Joel Anthony, who on January 9, 2011, played 28 minutes and 46 seconds with zero points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. Luckily, he was able to get in a win over the Blazers. Anthony would have another zero stat game a few weeks later with 25 minutes of play.
Derek Fisher's 34 Minutes
A game-saving steal and a final score of 103-102 were the redeeming moments from an otherwise terrible game. In a year that the Lakers would win their 15th championship, Derek Fisher had a terrible early-season performance against the Houston Rockets. Playing in 34 minutes of the game, he shot 0 for 5 from the field, including 0 for 1 from the three-point line. He got 2 steals and 2 fouls. Other than that, it was zeros across the box score.
Richard Hamilton's Strange Game
Going 0-10 and still leading the team in scoring? That was accomplished by Detriot Pistons' Richard Hamilton on January 6, 2005, in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies. This game isn't as bad as some of the others on this list, but it was a strange feat. Hamilton redeemed his terrible shooting performance by going 14 for 14 from the free-throw line. As expected though, the Pistons lost the game at 101-79. The Pistons shot at 31% and had 2 quarters where they scored less than 20 points.
49 Point Game
The 1998-99 season was tough for the Chicago Bulls. The season was cut to 50 games because of the lockout, Michael Jordan had retired the previous year, Phil Jackson stepped down as head coach, Scottie Pippen was traded to the Rockets, and Dennis Rodman left for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Bulls were deep into the rebuilding process and no game was more evident of this than the April 10, 1999 game against the Miami Heat. On that day, the Bulls set a record for fewest points in a game at 49. They had 8 in the first quarter, 15 in the second, 10 in the third, and 16 in the fourth.
The team went 18-77 from the field, shooting at only 23.4%. They went 0-9 from the three-point line and were also 13-24 from the free-throw line. The Bulls finished the season with a record of 13-37.
More Notable 0 Stat Performances
- Kenny Walker while playing for the Bullets in a game against the Hawks. 12 minutes played, 0 FGA, 0 FTA, 0 TRB, 0 AST, 0 TOV, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 0 PF, 0 PTS.
- Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf while playing for the Kings in a game against the Magic. 15 minutes played, 0 FGA, 6 FTA, 0 TRB, 0 AST, 1 TOV, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 1 PF, 0 PTS.
- Mark Acres while playing for the Celtics in a game against the Hawks. 11 minutes played, 0 FGA, 2 FTA, 0 TRB, 0 AST, 1 TOV, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 1 PF, 0 PTS.
- Tariq Abdul-Wahad while playing for the Kings in a game against the Spurs. 11 minutes played, 0 FGA, 1 FTA, 0 TRB, 0 AST, 1 TOV, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 1 PF, 0 PTS.
Sandra Johnson from Tampa on April 18, 2017:
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