10-Chicago 72-10 Season:
When Dennis Rodman joined Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen for the 1995-96 season, the Bulls became nearly unbeatable. Their 72-10 record is the best in NBA history. Though some expected Miami to challenge that mark with LeBron James last season, the Heat won just 58.
9-Jose Calderon 98.1 % from FT:
The Toronto Raptors point guard took 154 free throws during the 2008-09 season. He missed three of them. Even for a career 88-percent shooter, that’s amazing marksmanship. Calderon broke Calvin Murphy’s mark of 95.8 percent set in 1980-81. To do better, someone is going to have to be just about perfect. For an entire season. Good luck.
8-Wilt Chamberlain’s 50.4 ppg season average:
It’s rare for any NBA player to score 50 points in a game. Except, that is, for Chamberlain during the 1961-62 season, when he did it an amazing 42 times. The closest any other player has come to his season scoring average was Michael Jordan’s 37.1 in 1986-87.
7-Rasheed Wallace’s 41 technicals In one season:
Even if a player wanted to be as whiny, argumentative and profane as Wallace, who earned 41 techs in 80 games during the 2000-01 season, it would be hard to break this record. The NBA now curtails complaining by suspending players after their 16th technical foul of the season. That means Wallace’s career mark of 304 technicals is also safe.
6-Bill Russel’s 11 rings
Russell and the Boston Celtics dominated the NBA from 1957-69, winning 11 titles in 13 seasons. The league expanded from eight to 14 teams during that span and now has 30 franchises, making such a run nearly impossible. Who’s come closest to Russell in the modern era? No, not Michael Jordan (6) or Kobe Bryant (5). The answer is Robert Horry, a role player on seven championship teams in Houston, Los Angeles and San Antonio.
5-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387 career points
His size, skill and athletic ability made him an elite scorer for most of his career. Then that unstoppable skyhook allowed him to keep pouring in points into his 40s. By the time he was done after 20 seasons, he’d put up a number only Karl Malone (36,928) has approached since. LeBron James, nearly 20,000 points behind, might catch him if he develops a skyhook of his own.
4-A.C Green’s 1,192 Consecutive Games
Cal Ripken is revered for playing 2,632 straight baseball games, but Green’s record is nearly as remarkable. For more than 14 NBA seasons, he endured nightly punishment as a rugged power forward, yet never missed a game for any reason. Green is better known for being a self-proclaimed virgin throughout his career, another record that probably won’t be broken!!
3-Lakers 33 game win Streak
An NBA team winning every game for more than two months? It’s hard to fathom, but the Lakers pulled it off during the 1971-72 season. Amazingly, they started the streak right after Elgin Baylor retired, though they still had plenty of talent with Jerry West (pictured), Wilt Chamberlain and Gail Goodrich. The second-longest winning streak is 22 by the Houston Rockets during the 2007-08 season.
2-John Stockon’s 15,806 career Assist .
A great passer who had the luxury of playing with a great finisher in Karl Malone for 19 seasons, Stockton’s record won’t be touched any time soon. Jason Kidd, in second place, is more than 4,000 behind. Steve Nash trails by more than 6,000 and Chris Paul is about 11,000 behind. Stockton’s career record for steals (3,265) is just as unbreakable.
1-Wilt Chamberlain 100 point Game
Not many basketball records are well known. But all sports fans are aware of Wilt’s astounding 100-point effort against the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962. In the third season of his NBA career, Chamberlain earned attention for himself and the league by making 36 of 63 field goals and 28 of 32 free throws. Only Kobe Bryant, with 81 points against the Toronto Raptors in 2006, has sniffed triple digits since.
Fun to read.