New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis had a crazy awesome game Saturday night. Isolating only his offensive performance proves he had a great night. Davis scored 25 points on 13 shot attempts during the Pelicans blowout of the Charlotte Bobcats.
As good as he was shooting, the number one pick in the 2012 NBA draft was even better on defense. In 37 minutes Davis compiled 6 steals and 6 blocks. As you can guess this is a very rare feat. The Basketball-Reference.com database includes all NBA games since Karl Malone entered The Association. It claims this was only the fourth time any player went for six steals and six blocks.
Davis being a few months shy of his twenty-first birthday is by far the youngest player to go 6/6. The second youngest is Hakeem Olajuwon who was 24 back in March of 1987. Hakeem went for an outrageous 38 points, 17 rebounds, 12 blocks and 7 steals in a Rockets loss to the Tom Chambers led SuperSonics that night.
Besides Anthony Davis and Olajuwon the only other two guys to go 6/6 are David Robinson and Andrei Kirilenko. All four players accomplished the feat just one time. What are the odds Davis goes crazy on defense again before his career is through?