Bennedict Mathurin: never seen since 1995

Bennedict Mathurin: unheard of since 1995


Quebecer Bennedict Mathurin had the best start to the season for a rookie in 27 years, collecting 72 points in his first three games with the Indiana Pacers. 

Jerry Stackhouse was the last freshman to score at least that many points. He had 76 with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1995, according to information from the official Pacers website.

Mathurin started the campaign with a 19-point performance in a 114-107 loss to the Wizards Washington, then another 26 points two days later in a 137-134 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. On Saturday night, he tasted victory for the first time in the NBA – 124-115 against the Detroit Pistons – by virtue of a 27-point outing.

The young man from borough of Montreal North was the sixth selection overall in the last NBA draft. Since then, he hasn't stopped impressing, whether in the “Summer League” or during preseason games.

His good performance will be welcome since the Pacers are at the heart of a reconstruction process. If the playoffs seem like an unattainable dream for now, Mathurin could get some individual accolades at the end of the campaign.

He will be in action Monday night, when the Pacers play their first game of the season on the road. They will visit the 76ers in Pennsylvania for the occasion.