Everyone knows about some of the most celebrated NBA statistical feats. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the all-time leading scorer. Steph Curry is the all-time leader in three-pointers made during a single season. Wilt Chamberlain holds the single-game scoring record with 100 points.
But what about some lesser-known, yet equally amazing, statistical accomplishments?
Let’s journey off the beaten path.
LeBron James Is Absurd
Throughout NBA history, a player has averaged at least 26 points, seven rebounds and seven assists per game for an entire season a total of 26 times.
LeBron James accounts for nine of these seasons on his own. That is beyond unfair.
View King James’ Stats here.
Dwight Howard’s Defensive Record
Can you name every NBA player to ever win three consecutive Defensive Player of the Year awards?
If you can, it won’t take long. Because there’s only one: Dwight Howard.
Only two NBA players have ever averaged a triple-double for an entire season: Russell Westbrook and Oscar Robertson.
But get this: Westbrook has now done it three times to Robertson’s one. That, quite frankly, is astonishing.
John Stockton: Assist King
Pretty much everyone knows Wilt Chamberlain holds the single-season record for highest scoring average. He averaged 50.4 points per game back in 1961-62.
The assist record? That’s not common knowledge. This record belongs to John Stockton, who averaged a whopping 14.5 assists per game during the 1989-90 season.
Big Man Assist King
Speaking of assists, it might interest you to know that Wilt Chamberlain wasn’t just a scorer. He also holds the record for assists per game among centers, with 8.6 in 1967-68.
That said, he may not want to get too comfortable. Nikola Jokic appears to be coming for his record after averaging 7.3 assists per game in 2018-19.
It turns out you can count the number of NBA players who won the NBA MVP award at least four times on one hand. There’s only five of them.
Their names: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6), Michael Jordan (5), Bill Russell (5), Wilt Chamberlain (4) and LeBron James (4).
Kobe Bryant made a name for himself scoring plenty of buckets. He is, after all, one of the NBA’s top three all-time leading scorers.
However, he also made a name for himself missing shots.
In fact, no one in NBA history has missed more shots in the regular season than Kobe Bryant, who botched more than 13,100 field-goal attempts throughout his career.