Quantcast

History in the Maten

By Matt Dykstra | December 13, 2018

Miami HEAT two-way player Yante Maten is off to an incredible start to his career, but lately he’s been playing on a different level entirely. In a recent five-game span from November 24 to December 8, Maten did something that no Skyforce player had ever done before by scoring 30-or-more points in five-straight games. His streak was snapped in Monday’s loss to the Agua Caliente Clippers as Maten scored a “lowly” 29 points to go along with a team-high 12 rebounds.

Former Skyforce players Tharon Mayes and Tony Harris were tied at four-straight 30-point games apiece before Maten burst onto the scene this season. Harris scored 30-or-more points in six out of seven games during the 1994-95 season, with his lone stumble being a 27-point outing against the Yakima Sun Kings. Similarly, Mayes tallied 30 points seven out of eight games during the 1990-91 season on his way to scoring the most single-season points in franchise history with 1,354. Mayes averaged 25.1 points per game in 54 regular-season appearances that year, and if Maten would continue his current 27.7 points per game mark across all 50 games this season, he’d top Mayes with 1,385 points.

Here’s a comparison between Maten’s last six games, and similar stretches made by Mayes and Harris:

Yante Maten’s Past Six Games:

DATE PTS REBS ASTS FGM FGA 3PM 3PA FTM FTA FG%
11/24/18 31 20 2 14 21 0 3 3 3 66.7
11/30/18 30 7 3 8 13 1 3 13 14 61.5
12/02/18 42 14 2 15 21 3 6 9 13 71.4
12/05/18 35 13 0 11 22 1 3 12 14 50.0
12/08/18 32 13 3 12 16 3 3 5 7 75.0
12/10/18 29 12 3 11 22 1 4 6 8 50.0

 

Tony Harris’ Seven-Game Stretch:

DATE PTS REBS ASTS FGM FGA 3PM 3PA FTM FTA FG%
02/11/95 42 5 4 10 17 1 2 21 23 58.8
02/15/95 35 8 11 13 25 1 2 8 12 52.0
02/17/95 27 5 6 9 20 0 2 9 10 45.0
02/18/95 34 7 7 10 17 3 5 11 11 58.8
02/22/95 44 3 5 11 21 2 3 20 25 52.4
02/24/95 32 3 2 13 28 0 7 6 6 46.4
02/25/95 38 4 4 12 29 1 6 13 13 41.3

 

Tharon Mayes Eight-Game Stretch:

DATE PTS REBS ASTS FGM FGA 3PM 3PA FTM FTA FG%
12/23/90 33 4 10 10 22 4 7 9 9 54.5
12/25/90 32 6 9 12 24 1 4 7 9 50.0
12/26/90 37 3 3 13 25 4 7 7 7 52.0
12/28/90 34 3 0 13 25 3 6 5 6 52.0
12/29/90 26 2 5 9 13 2 6 6 7 69.2
01/02/90 35 2 9 12 22 2 5 9 9 54.5
01/03/90 35 4 4 12 25 1 7 10 12 48.0
01/05/90 43 10 2 12 30 5 8 14 17 40.0

 

Maten is averaging a team-leading 27.7 points and 10.5 rebounds to start the season, and is shooting at a much more efficient rate than the high-scoring guards of the old Skyforce teams. He’ll undoubtedly spend time in the NBA at some point this season as part of his two-way contract with the HEAT, but for now, Maten remains one of the most lethal weapons the Skyforce has ever had at its disposal.