On Thursday night, the Phoenix Suns, led by Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, Chris Paul and Frank Kaminsky, dispatched future Hall of Famers LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers 4-2 in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
Kaminsky, a Wisconsin Badgers legend, appeared in four of the six games in the first round against James, averaging 7.7 minutes per game. On Thursday night, Kaminsky scored two points, grabbed three boards and dished out four assists in a mere six minutes of playing time. James, who lost, scored 29 on an inefficient 11-of-26 shooting while only having three more assists than Kaminsky despite playing 35 more minutes.
For the series, Kaminsky was a plus-2.0 while James was only a plus-1.7. You’d probably expect numbers like that since Kaminsky’s team won the series and LeBron’s team lost, but it’s still important to report all of the facts.
Everybody is saying Devin Booker this, Chris Paul that...all we want to say is Frank Kaminsky has two assists in three minutes of run! #PointCenter— Bucky’s 5th Quarter (@B5Q) June 2, 2021
Per 36 minutes, Kaminsky averaged 10.6 assists per game and 3.5 blocks per game which just shows a crazy amount of versatility. To show how impressive this is, let’s compare this to a player on the losing Lakers, say...LeBron James? His per 36 numbers show a meager 7.7 assists per game and a you have to squint to even see it 0.3 blocks per game.
Kaminsky and the Suns are on to the second round to take on presumed MVP Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets.