When Steel Ball’s steel toe hits the floor, the NBA is all over it
Steel Ball, who is the NBA’s youngest player, has gone from a budding star to a league MVP.
Steel Ball is the youngest player in the NBA, the youngest to score 20 points in a game in NBA history and the youngest person to score 50 points in the same game.
The NBA announced the milestone on Tuesday and it marked the first time a player had accomplished both feats since Steve Nash in 2007.
SteelBall has already been on a tear during the 2016-17 season, averaging 26.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.1 steals per game.
He also has become the youngest MVP since the game’s inception in 1927.
Steelball also became the youngest NBA player to lead the league in scoring, averaging 17.1 points per game while shooting 49.3 percent from the field.
He also became just the second player in league history to record at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in a single game.
In his career, SteelBall has scored 25.8 points per contest, which ranks first in the league and third among active players.
In a game that was dominated by teams trying to limit the Golden State Warriors, Steel Ball made three 3-pointers in the first quarter, scoring 19 points.
He then scored 20 more points in two quarters to reach 20 points for the second time in the quarter.
Steel was the only player in NBA History to score 10 points or more in four straight games and has been the first player in team history to do it twice in a four-game span.
He had previously done it twice against the Golden 1 and Golden State in 2017.
Steel has now scored at least 15 points in six consecutive games, tying Steve Nash for the most in a stretch of at least six consecutive consecutive games.
He is the longest active streak by a rookie player.
Steel also became only the second rookie in league franchise history to have at least 16 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and two assists in consecutive games in his career.
The other was Chris Bosh in 2011-12.
Steel won the NBA Finals MVP trophy in the 2017-18 season, becoming just the third player in franchise history (joining Nash and Kevin Durant) to win the award in four consecutive seasons.
The 23-year-old averaged 20.6 points and 12.6 rebounds in the regular season and shot 45.4 percent from beyond the arc, making 50 percent of his shots from behind the arc and 44.4 of his attempts from three-point range.
Steel is the third-youngest player in League history and his 18.4 points per outing ranked eighth in the game, according to NBA.com.
He has averaged 20 points per games during his career and the most among active rookies.
In addition to becoming the youngest in NBA playoff history, Steel also became one of only two players in NBA Finals history to score 30 points in four games.
The others: Magic Johnson in 1977-78, Scottie Pippen in 1994-95 and Paul Pierce in 2008-09.
In 2017-19, he scored 19 points in 16 minutes off the bench in a Game 6 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder to reach 30 points and lead the Warriors to their third NBA title in six years.