|Posted on August 15, 2014 at 6:40 PM|
These statistics were not only judged on how impressive they sound, but also on how close they have come to being approached and the chances of them ever being achieved again.
Wilt Chamberlain led the league in points, assists, rebounds, and field goal percentage in separate seasons. He once had 22 points, 21 assists, and 25 rebounds in a game. He is the only player in NBA history to record a game of 40 points and 40 rebounds, and he had 5 games of 50 points and 40 rebounds. He also averaged 30 points and 20 rebounds per game for his entire career, despite the fact that no other player has averaged those statistics for a single season. Of the 64 60-point games in NBA history, Wilt Chamberlain had 32 of them.
Michael Jordan won the scoring title and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. He led the league in points every full season he played with the Bulls, and won 10 scoring titles.
Tracy McGrady once scored 13 points in 35 seconds.
Dikembe Mutombo Mpalanda Mukamba Jean Jacque Wamutombo has 48 letters in his name.
Tim Duncan is both the oldest AND youngest player to average a double-double in The Finals, accomplishing the feat at age 23 and age 38.
LeBron James is the only player to record 2000 points, 500 assists, 500 rebounds, and 100 three-pointers in a season, and he did it six times. He also had 100 steals in each of those seasons.
After turning 30 years old, Dennis Rodman (6’7) grabbed 26% of all available rebounds on the court – more than any player’s career average. Rodman recorded the seven highest rebounding percentage seasons of all time.
Hakeem Olajuwon is the only player ranked top 10 all time in 4 major categories: points, rebounds, steals, and blocks.
Shaquille O’Neal averaged 25 points per game on 55% shooting for 10 consecutive seasons.
Larry Bird is the only player to average 20-10-5 for a career in any three statistics.
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* Credits to Tal Akabas for assisting with the graphics.