Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka had a sweet shooting game Friday against Jason Kidd and the Brooklyn Nets. He was a perfect 12-for-12 from the floor in 31 minutes played. According to his shot chart at Basketball-Reference.com five of Ibaka’s made baskets were from outside of ten feet. His other seven makes were all at the rim. His full season chart shows that he has been good from almost every spot inside of the three point arc.
It turns out that Ibaka had just the third perfect game (with 12+ FGA’s) since Karl Malone in 2001. The only other two in the past thirteen years both occurred in January of 2009. Yao Ming and Nene Hilario each went 12-for-12. The last 13-for-13 game was Vin Baker in 1997 and the only 14-for-14 game was produced by Seattle SuperSonics point guard Gary Payton in ’95.
Final note, the only perfect game in the Basketball-Reference database (since 1986) in which the player attempted zero free throws was by “The X-Man” Xavier McDaniel.