Each year, these records grow more impressive. It has come to the point players can only dream about breaking these, as the records are myth-like. This is partially because the NBA landscape has drastically changed over time, from the balance of athleticism to the style of play, and players are much more limited. However, that does not take away from how remarkable these really feats are.
Most technical fouls in a season: Rasheed Wallace (41 in 2000-01)
Rasheed owns this list, with the top four seasons for most technical fouls belonging to him. The closest a current NBA player has gotten recently was Dwight Howard, with 18 in 2010-11. A rule change in 2006 that added an automatic one-game suspension for each tech after a player accumulates 16 in a season is a big reason why Wallace’s record will stand: Players won’t risk losing game checks.
Highest free throw percentage in a single season: Jose Calderon (98.1 in 2008-09)
The second closest was Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy, who shot 95.8 percent in 1980-1981. The current player who has the best chance to break that record is Steph Curry, who shot 93.4 percent in 2010-11, and is 90.2 percent for his career.
Most wins in an NBA regular season: Golden State Warriors (73 in 2015-16)
Although the Warriors set the record this season, it’s hard to envision any team coming close to this mark again any time soon. The previous record of 72-10 was held by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls for the 20 seasons.
Most triple-doubles for a career: Oscar Robertson (181)
Robertson was the full package, and his style of play was revolutionary. Magic Johnson is second with 138.
Most triple-doubles in a season: Oscar Robertson (41 in 1961-1962)
In 1961-62, he averaged an unbelievable 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists. The player with the second-highest single-season mark of triple-doubles is Wilt Chamberlain with 31. It’s unlikely these kind of numbers are doable in the current NBA landscape. To put these numbers in perspective, Russell Westbrook led the NBA in triple-doubles this season with 18.
Most 3-pointers made in a season: Steph Curry (402 in 2015-16)
The only possible way this record gets broken is if Steph breaks his own record again next season. Ray Allen set the record of 269 in 2005-06; Since then Curry has had three seasons in which he has made more than 269. To put Curry’s 402 in perspective, consider that Klay Thompson had 276 this season.
Most career titles for a player: Bill Russell (11)
In today’s age, the competitive balance in the NBA is too strong. The second closest on this list is Sam Jones, with 10. Both players got their championships during the golden age of the Boston Celtics.
Most points in a single game: Wilt Chamberlain (100, March 2, 1962).
The famous 100-point game by Wilt is one of the truly unbreakable records in all of sports. Kobe Bryant came the closest, with his epic 81-point performance in 2006.
Highest single-season scoring average: Wilt Chamberlain (50.4 in 1961-62)
There’s no way another player is ever able to average more 50 points for a season again. The next closest after Wilt, who put up season averages of 44.8, 38.3 and 37.7, was Michael Jordan, who averaged 37 points in 1986-87. The best in the past 20 years was Kobe Bryant’s 35.4 average in 2005-06.
Most career rebounds: Wilt Chamberlain (23,924).
Here’s Wilt again on this list. Russell is second with 21,620. Tim Duncan is the leader among active players, but he is still about 10,000 boards away.
Most career assists: John Stockton (15,806)
Stockton had the ability to distribute the basketball like no other. He had 10 seasons of averaging more than 10.5 assists . Second place on this list is Jason Kidd, with 12,091.
Most career steals: John Stockton (3,265).
Like his assists stats, the feisty defender had 10 seasons of at least two steals per game. Kidd is second place on this list again with 2,684 steals.
NBA championships won as a head coach: Phil Jackson (11).
Jackson won six titles with the Bulls and five with the Lakers. Red Auerbach is second with nine, all with the Boston Celtics. Jackson is currently attempting to get his first ring as a team president, working with the New York Knicks.
Consecutive games played: A.C. Green (1,192).
This record shows that he was certainly deserving of his “Iron Man” nickname. He was the Cal Ripken Jr. of basketball. Tristan Thompson is the active leader at 361.
Worst record in NBA history: Charlotte Bobcats (7-59 in 2011-12).
The owners’ lockout reduced the season to 66 games, and the Bobcats had a .106 winning percentage. Their leading scorer was Gerald Henderson. The 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers hold the record for fewest wins in an 82-game season at 9-73, but had a better winning percentage (.110).
Consecutive wins in a season: Los Angeles Lakers (33 in 1971-72)
Even as the Warriors set a record for wins this season, their best winning streak was 24 games. And that wasn’t even good enough for second on the list. The Miami Heat won 27 consecutive games in 2013.
Career points scored: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387)
Kareem had 17 seasons of averaging at least 21.5 points. Karl Malone is second with 36,928. Now that Kobe Bryant has retired, the active leader is Dirk Nowitzki with 29,491. LeBron James might have a shot — if he can play another eight seasons without a significant decline in production. James, who unlike Kareem went directly to the NBA from high school, has 26,833. That means he would need 11,555 to pass Kareem. LeBron has averaged 25.3 points each of the past two seasons. For the sake of discussion, let’s assume that James’ scoring would drop a bit as he gets older, so we’ll calculate him averaging 20 points while playing 75 games a season (to account for injuries and rest) going forward. LeBron would need eight seasons at that pace to catch Kareem, and he would be 39. Kareem was 42 when he retired.
Most assists in a single game: Scott Skiles (30 on Dec. 30, 1990).
John Stockton gave this record a run 17 days after Skiles, going for 28 assists on Jan. 15, 1991. Since 1996, only two players have reached 24 assists in a game: Ramon Sessions in 2008 and Rajon Rondo in 2010.