Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Three NBA Records That Will Never Be Broken

NBA fans have witnessed numerous great moments since the inaugural season in 1946-1947. Many records have been set during that time by players, coaches and teams, but there are three of them that really stand out.

The NBA has grown in popularity over the years and has arguably become the third-most popular sports in the U.S. In the last generation, NBA Commissioner David Stern has been able to expand the league's horizons overseas.

This has led to more talent in the NBA, such as Dallas Mavericks' forward Dirk Nowitzki and San Antonio Spurs' guards Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. These players have helped make the game more enjoyable for the fans.

Most of the records that are currently held by Hall of Fame or future Hall of Fame players and coaches. Different players and coaches were able to bond together to create some extraordinary team records.

Some of those records have stood for decades, while others have been set within the past decade. There are three records that have stood out and will be standing for at least another generation.

1. Chicago Bulls Winning 72 Games in a Season



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Prior to the start of the 1995-1996 season, many NBA fans and experts perceived the Chicago Bulls as the NBA Finals front-runner. The Bulls had shooting guard Michael Jordan playing his first full season since the 1992-1993 season.

The last time Jordan played a full season with the Bulls, the team finished with a 57-25 record. They went on to win their third consecutive NBA Finals.

The Bulls proved in that 1995-1996 season how great of a team they are. They were led by Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman.

They finished the regular season with a 72-10 record. The next best record in a season is the 1972-1973 Los Angeles Lakers with a 69-13 record.

The Bulls' feat is so impressive that the only other team to come close to duplicating their feat was themselves the following season, 69-12. The next best win total since those Bulls' teams is the 1999-2000 Lakers, 67-15.

It would be very tough for a team to break the Bulls' record of 72 wins in a regular season. A team would have to avoid any losing streaks in order to have a chance to win 73 games.

Free agency has also made it difficult for a team to win 73 games. Last season's Miami Heat, who had at least two future Hall of Famers, finished with a 66-16 record.

They had a 27-game winning streak and it still was not enough to get more than 70 wins.

A team would have to win 9 of 10 games over the course of their first 80 games just to get to 72 wins. Then, they would have to win one of their final two games for 73 wins.

In the playoffs, the 1995-1996 Bulls had a 15-3 record and won their fourth NBA Finals in six seasons.

2. Oscar Robertson's Triple-Double Season Average


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It is rare for a NBA player to achieve more than one triple-double in a season. Outside of Oscar Robertson, the most triple-doubles in a season was Philadelphia 76ers' center Wilt Chamberlain with 31 during the 1967-1968 season, according to examiner.com.

This makes Cincinnati Royals' guard Robertson's feat in the 1961-1962 season very impressive. It was his second season in the NBA.

Robertson finished that season with averages of 30.8 points per game, 12.5 rebounds per game and 11.4 assists per game. He achieved 41 triple-doubles in 79 games.

He was so impressive that he nearly averaged triple-doubles in four other seasons. It would be very tough for a player to break that record.

The chances of a player averaging more points, rebounds and steal per game in a season is highly unlikely. Thus, the only other way to surpass the triple-double season average is to get a quadruple-double season average.

There have only been four documented quadruple-doubles. The last player to achieve a quadruple-double was San Antonio Spurs' center David Robinson on Feb. 17, 1994, according to sportscity.com.

Robertson had 34 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds, 10 blocks and two steals. In 1980, he was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

3. Wilt Chamberlain's 50.4 PPG Season Average


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There have been many great scorers in the history of the NBA, but very few of them have scored 50 points in a game. Jordan and Lakers' shooting guard Kobe Bryant, two of the greatest jump shooters ever, have scored at least 50 points in a game accomplished that feat a combined 48 times, according to nbahoopsonline.com.

The fact that two great shooters like Jordan and Bryant have combined to score at least 50 in a game 48 times makes Wilt Chamberlain's feat even more impressive. Philadelphia Warriors' center Chamberlain averaged 50.4 points per game during the 1961-1962 season.

This included Chamberlain scoring 100 points in the Warriors' 169-147 victory against the New York Knickerbockers on March 2, 1962. His 100-point game can be deemed on-par with his scoring average that season as an unbreakable record.



The players with the second through sixth-most games of scoring at least 50 points, Jordan, Bryant, Elgin Baylor, Rick Berry and Allen Iverson, accomplished that 85 times. Of those 85 times, 74 of them were during the regular season.

In order for a player to break Chamberlain's record, they would need to have a great shooting touch every game. A player can ill-afford to have very few games with fewer than 20 points scored, if he wants to break Chamberlain's record.

Last season, there were only four games where an NBA player scored at least 50 points in a game.

Chamberlain was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1978.

Those aforementioned records are very likely to be standing for at least another generation because of the greatness of their records.

A lot would have to go right for a team to win 73 games in a season, a player to achieve a better triple-double average in a season than Robertson or a quadruple-double season average and to average more than 50.4 points per game in a season.


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