If you are an NBA fan you have probably heard a lot of attention paid to a few players, James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Giannis Antetokounmpo among others, who have been piling up triple-doubles early in the 2016-17 season.
While these players seem to have found a way to score a lot of points in addition to garnering assists by feeding teammates and grabbing lots of rebounds, there are some players who when it comes to scoring and passing just don’t seem to have numbers that show that they like to share the ball.
Hey, the numbers don’t lie, so let’s take a look at players past and present who have been big-time scorers but have low numbers when it comes to assists.
First, let’s look at players in NBA history who have averaged 25 or more points in a season yet had less than two assists per game that same campaign. Nine different players make our list with two of those players (Moses Malone and Amare Stoudemire) accounting for five of the 12 individual seasons with 25 or more points per game and less than two assists per contest.
NBA players with seasons with 25.0 points and less than two assists per game
Joe Fulks, Phil., 1948-49, 26.0/1.2
George Yardley, Det., 1957-58, 27.8/1.3
Paul Arizin, Phil., 1058-59, 26.4/1.7
Wilt Chamberlain, Phil., 1960-61, 38.4/1.9
Walt Bellamy, Balt., 1963-64, 27.0/1.6
Elvin Hayes, San Diego, 1968-69, 28.4/1.4
Bob Love, Chicago, 1971-72, 25.8/1.6
Moses Malone, Houst., 1979-80, 25.8/1.8
Moses Malone, Houst., 1980-81, 27.8/1.8
Moses Malone, Houst., 1981-82, 31.1/1.8
Amare Stoudemire, Phoe., 2004-05, 26.0/1.6
Amare Stoudemire, Phoe., 2007-08, 25.2/1.5
Looking at the numbers from this season, there is one player who may work his way onto the above list. New Orleans’ Anthony Davis is averaging 28.9 points and 2.1 assists per game. He will join the above list if his assist numbers drop below two per game.
Following are the players from this season who are averaging 20 or more points per game with less than three assists per contest.
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, 21.8/2.8
Harrison Barnes, Dallas, 20.6/1.4
Anthony Davis, New Orleans, 28.9/2.1
Brook Lopez, Brooklyn, 20.3/2.7
Kevin Love, Cleveland, 21.8/1.7
Jabari Parker, Milwaukee 20.5/2.4
Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, 20.1/1.3
Klay Thompson, Golden State, 21.7/2.0
Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota, 21.7/2.3
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