Shoot? Pass? Garrett doing both.

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Nearly four decades ago, there was a sleek and smooth guard tearing up the National Basketball Association.

Playing the 1972-73 season for the Kansas City-Omaha Kings, Nate "Tiny" Archibald registered one of the best statistical seasons in NBA history.

The 6-1 Archibald set a league scoring record for guards (34.0 ppg) and set an NBA season mark with 910 assists (11.4 / game). Archibald made or assisted on 53% of the Kings’ baskets that year.

Garrett, a distinctly different type of player than Archibald, has directly impacted 45.1% of the Cyclones’ field goals to date and is averaging a team-best 17.0 points per game and leading the Big 12 with 6.0 assists per game. He’s also second in the conference in steals (2.33 / game).

Keeping up those numbers for Garrett will be tough as the schedule is about to get tough. But, it’s an impressive start none-the-less.

In Big 12 history, here are the players who have ranked in the league’s top five in both scoring and assists in the same season:  Sherron Collins, KU, 2009; D.J. Augustin, UT, 2008; Acie Law, A&M, 2007; Curtis Stinson, ISU, 2006 & 2004; Bernard King, A&M, 2001; Tyronn Lue, NU, 1998; Reggie Freeman, UT, 1997 and Chauncey Billups, CU, 1997.

Garrett’s productivity has been a blessing for ISU.

"I feel he (Diante) is one of the most underrated players in the country," Coach Fred Hoiberg said. "He just does everything we need."

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow

 

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