Russ Smith’s short stint with Luoyang has come to a close and the results are record-shattering.
During his time as a University of Louisville Cardinal, Russ Smith left a major mark on the school’s history.
“Russdiculous” produced greater than 300 rebounds, greater than 300 assists, and greater than 200 steals in his four-year collegiate career to complement his 1,908 total points scored.
Oh yeah, he also played a huge role in bringing the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship to “The Ville.”
Though Russ had a tremendous — and winning — career as a student-athlete at U of L, he has never given up. Perhaps his best work is happening post-graduation.
In case you have missed it this summer, Russ Smith is destroying basketball competition in China. He is slaughtering defenses and scoring at will. Actually, this is an understatement in itself.
Notching the Kobe Bryant-esque 81-point performance, amongst a slew of 70-point stat lines, Russ has been a flamethrower with Luoyang. His offense is coming at a very efficient clip, too, in nearly every way possible — two-point field goals, threes, free-throws, drives through the lane.
Our beloved “Russdiculous” ends his latest endeavor with an eye-popping scoring average of 61.2 points per game.
Yes, 61.2 points per game. The decimal placement is indeed correct.
— Christian Dudley (@ChristianDudley) August 19, 2017
As stated by Russ on his Instagram page, he know holds a world record. This is the highest scoring average by any professional basketball player in a professional basketball league for a single season.
Think about it. Of all the professional basketball leagues. Of all the professional basketball players there has every been — not just in the NBA.
Yes, Louisville Cardinals legend Russ Smith tops them all.
The most points Wilt Chamberlain averaged in a single season? 50.4.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? 34.8.
Michael Jordan? 37.1.
Kobe Bryant? 35.4.
LeBron James? 30.0.
Regardless the level of professional competition, Smith has reached a level that nobody else has touched. For this, he deserves nothing less than a standing ovation.
The latest challenge accepted by Smith will begin this fall. He is set to play the 2017-18 season against the top competition the best Chinese league has to offer.
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