Everybody knows a handful of NBA teams who made history with their incredible achievements throughout the league. But what about individual players who have put up video game numbers due to their insane skills on the court? Stop thinking about LeBron James or Michael Jordan for a while as Pushnaija brings you a list of five unbeaten records set by NBA players:
Most points in a single game: 100
Wilt Chamberlain has posted the highest points scored by a player in a single game when his team, the Philadelphia Warriors, battled the New York Knicks in 1962. The Warriors won 169-147 with Chamberlain responsible for scoring 100 of the team’s total score.
After the first half of that game, Chamberlain already scored 41 points. Despite the defence made by the Knicks against him, he managed to score as many points as possible until the end of regulation. He managed to beat his own career-high of 78 points.
Most points in a single quarter: 37
The Golden State Warriors are one of those game-changing teams that graced any NBA court over the past decade. The team made itself known for its high 3-point scoring percentage led by their ace players Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. The outside shooting tactic proved extremely useful for the Warriors, but Thompson took it up a notch in their game against the Sacramento Kings in 2015.
In the third quarter of that match, Thompson’s hands were on fire as he managed to nail every single one of his 13 field goal attempts, contributing 37 out of the Warrior’s 41 points in that quarter alone.
Youngest MVP: Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose is one of the most promising young players in the NBA. Since he was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 2008, he began posting impressive numbers to make his team a threat to the LeBron James-led Miami Heat. He also won Rookie of the Year and made two All-Star appearances during his stint with the Bulls.
However, the icing on Rose’s cake came in 2011 when he was awarded the Most Valuable Player of that season. To date, he is the youngest player to have received that award at 22 years old.
Oldest MVP: Karl Malone
Karl Malone is one of the players Utah Jazz fans are proud of. For most of his career he played for the Jazz and even won two MVPs while being part of the team. Considering that he was drafted by Utah in 1985 and got his second MVP award in 1999, he is the oldest NBA player to have gotten that accolade at the age of 35.
Malone was known to have led the Jazz to two consecutive NBA finals appearances in 1997 and 1998, only to be beaten both times by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
Most assists in an entire career: 15,806
Points aren’t the only stats listed by NBA officials. Since basketball is a team sport, assists are just as important to winning games. The highest number of assists made by a single NBA player in his entire career is 15,806 by John Stockton of the Utah Jazz. Stockton played in the NBA from 1984 to 2003, allowing him to support his teammates as many times as he can.
Apparently, this record won’t be beaten soon, given that the second-highest career assist record is set at 12,091 by Jason Kidd, a sizable margin compared to Stockton’s number. Also, did you know that Stockton also holds the record for the most career steals in the NBA at 3,264?
Hard work and determination will get you far in life, just like how these NBA players made it to the record books through their impressive ball-handling and team play. Many seasons later and it looks like these records won’t be broken soon. Keep on looking forward to every season and see which player will put up great stats for that year.
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