Gustavo Ayon Gets Sequential

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Last night against the Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Hornets forward Gustavo Ayon did something pretty cool.

He had one assist, two steals, three blocks, four rebounds, and five points.

1-2-3-4-5.

It’s a nifty stat line; a testament to the type of yeoman’s work Ayon does for the Hornets. With his sequential line, he stands among players who proudly own similar 1-2-3-4-5 stat lines like Vlade Divac, Ben Wallace, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas—players beloved by fans for doing the little things to keep their team in the game.

While Ayon didn’t have a particularly strong outing, his two field goals in the game came late in the fourth quarter, both game-tying baskets. Two of his three blocks came in crunch time; one as the Hornets mounted their late comeback, and the other as the Hornets were protecting their short-lived lead with less than two minutes left in the game.

His lone assist was a smart bounce pass out of the post, away from the reactive Bulls defenders, to a wide-open Trevor Ariza for a corner-3.

As far as 1-2-3-4-5 games go, since the 1985-86 season, only Danny Schayes has logged the same combination of points, rebounds,  assists, steals, and blocks as Ayon. He did it in 1985.

Ayon is tied with a bunch of other players for most games with the 1-2-3-4-5 stat line. However, they all (probably) trail Jon “Contract” Koncak, the Hawks’ 1985 draft bust and pariah, who has logged a 1-2-3-4-5 stat line on at least two occasions, in addition to playing in the same game where John Williams logged a 1-2-3-4-5 of his own. Not sure this achievement really makes up for his outrageous contract, though.

I’m getting sidetracked. Where was I? Oh, yeah. Gustavo Ayon did something pretty cool.

Seth Carstens