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:
Tony Harris’ Seven-Game Stretch:
Tharon Mayes Eight-Game Stretch:
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.