Bucks’ Tony Snell came within 22 seconds of a ridiculous NBA record

Tony Snell is one of the very best basketball players in the entire world, as evidenced by his job in the NBA.

There’s no denying he could roast any of us on the court, laughing as we fall to the ground in a vain attempt to defend him. In the NBA, however, Snell’s best skill is probably “existing.”

He averages 5.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and an assist in 20.6 minutes per game for his entire career — so he’s not exactly a stat-stuffer. And on Friday night, Snell’s complete disdain for making an impact on the box score came to a head as his Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Utah Jazz.

As pointed out by a Reddit user whose name I can’t publish on this website (sorry, friend), Snell played 28 minutes and 25 seconds against the Jazz without recording a single point, rebound, assist, steal or block. Other than two field goal attempts and a foul, Snell didn’t tally any counting stats whatsoever.

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Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

It was a heroic effort, but Snell’s spectral performance fell just shy of the NBA’s modern record for box-score futility (via Basketball-Reference), set by none other than Joel Anthony with the Miami Heat during the 2010-11 season. On Jan. 9, 2011, Anthony played 28 minutes and 46 seconds with zero points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks in a win over the Blazers — 21 seconds more than Snell on Friday.

Anthony even did Snell one better by not taking a shot, although he did commit four fouls and one turnover. The two-time champion also has the distinction of owning the fourth-place entry on this list, having tallied another all-zeroes game in 25 minutes just three weeks after his history-making performance.

So congratulations to Tony Snell for not breaking the record — and to Joel Anthony for holding the most Joel Anthony-esque mark ever conceived.