Jordan for a Day: The greatest role player performances in Portland Trail Blazers history

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Anfernee Simons. player. 34. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 5. Apr. 10th, 2019. vs. Kings

Final Stats:
— 37 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists on 13-of-21 FG, 7-of-11 3P, 4-of-6 FT in 48 minutes

—Apr. 10, 2019

One odd fact from that game:
— The list of teenagers to produce a 37-point, 9-assist game (or better): LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Anfernee Simons

The initial thought here was to insert Andre Miller’s 52-point game against Dallas, but he feels like too much of a “superstar role player” for a spot here. So, to top things off, we go with one of the most secretly-important performances in Blazers history.

There was some level of Jordan-effect to this game, too. The Blazers overcame a 25-point halftime deficit — in large part due to that said traffic cone defense — down 87-62.

It certainly helped that the Kings went with the second unit for the entire first half. But it wasn’t as if he wasn’t cooking already; he scored 23 points on 9-of-13 from the field.

In the fourth, Portland shot 17-of-24, anchored by Simons’ 12-point, 4-rebound showing. There’s a Jordan parallel, too, in the sense of how the Portland Trail Blazers managed to cut a 117-106 deficit in nine minutes, in large part due to Simons’ offensive brilliance, both as a scorer and as a passer (Gary Trent Jr. deserves a mention here, too.)

The game itself gave fans a glimpse into a potentially-bright future. And while some will say Simons’ 2019-20 campaign hasn’t quite lived up to the hype, it’s certainly better to have had and lost than never had in the first place.

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And on this day, Simons would ensure no losing would come into fruition.