Andre Emmett ● 6 feet, 5 inches ● 225 pounds ● ForwardA little over two weeks before J.R. Smith returned to America to begin his early-spring fling with the New York Knicks, he scored 60 points in a Chinese Basketball Association game, hitting 14 three-pointers on Feb. 1 en route to the third-highest scoring output in league history.
He was still 11 points shy of what Andre Emmett did in 2010.
Emmett, the leading scorer in the history of Texas Tech – where he played for four years under Bob Knight from 2000-04, amassing 2,225 points – hasn’t had a lot of success staying in the NBA after going to the then-Seattle Supersonics in the second round of the 2004 Draft. But he’s ripped apart pretty much every other league on the planet, including a 71-point night in the CBA in March of 2010 that broke (and remains) the league scoring record.
Then, after coming back to the NBA D-League for his fourth season in 2011-12, he became the more potent half of the league’s premier scoring tandem, along with Blake Ahearn.
Emmett signed a 10-day contract with the New Jersey Nets in the days leading up to All-Star weekend in 2012, and managed a little over two points with a rebound a game in six appearances (at 7.7 mpg) for Jersey. But, not wanting to waste four days of another 10-day with teams on break, the Nets waited until after All-Star to re-sign any NBA D-League players. And it looked like Emmett would be the one going back until Gerald Green came in like a whirling, dunking cyclone – with a long-range game – and essentially took his spot in Jersey.
Emmett spent the rest of the season in Reno, and went back to playing like a big fish in the Biggest Little City in the World. He wrapped up the year – his finest-ever season in the NBA D-League – with 23.1 points, 5.5 boards and 3.2 assists a game and a 52.1-percent clip from the field, all career-highs.