LeBron James had a pair of three-pointers in his team’s loss to San Antonio on Sunday. Those two treys give him 101 for the season, the 10th season in his career that he had 100 or more three-pointers. By reaching that milestone, he became the 14th player in NBA history with 10 or more seasons with 100 or more three-pointers made.
James is one of 60 players this season that have 100 or more three-pointers. Leading the way is Houston’s James Harden with 215.
Ray Allen tops the list of most seasons with 100 or more three-pointers with 17.
Following are the 14 players who have 10 or more seasons with 100 or more threes made in a season.
17: Ray Allen
15: Reggie Miller, Paul Pierce
14: Jason Terry
13: Jamal Crawford, Kyle Korver
12: Joe Johnson
11: Chauncey Billups, Vince Carter, Jason Kidd
10: LeBron James, J.R. Smith, Peja Stojakovic, Nick Van Exel
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James and Dirk Nowitzki are both members of the 30,000-point club and are still active. There are ten active players (in addition to James and Nowitzki) who have 18,000 or more career points. Whether or not any of these will join James and Nowitzki is up for debate, but here is a look at those 10 players (their age in years and days in noted after their career points totals).
Carmelo Anthony, 24,970 (33 years-240 days)
Vince Carter, 24,687 (40-363)
Dwyane Wade, 21,782 (36-007)
Pau Gasol, 20,491 (37-202)
Joe Johnson, 20,221 (36-209)
Kevin Durant, 20,157 (29-117)
Jason Terry, 18,735 (40-131)
Tony Parker, 18,716 (35-252)
Jamal Crawford, 18,529 (37-310)
Zach Randolph, 18,299 (36-192)
If I was a betting man, Durant is more than likely to reach 30,000 in his career… Anthony has an outside chance… other than those two, I don’t see another of the other 10 players listed above reaching the 30,000-point mark in their careers.
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Earlier this week (Monday, January 1, to be exact), Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan scored 52 points in his team’s win over the Milwaukee Bucks. DeRozan became the first opposing player to score 50 or more points against the Bucks since LeBron James tallied 55 in a February 20, 2009 game against the Bucks.
This was the 12th game in Bucks’ history that an opposing player scored 50 against Milwaukee. It has been done by 10 different players; both LeBron James and Michael Jordan scored 50 or more in a game twice against the Bucks. Utah’s Karl Malone holds the record for most points scored against the Bucks with 61. He scored 61 in 33 minutes in a game in 1990.
Here is a look at the 12 times in which an opponent scored 50 or more points against the Bucks in a contest.
61-Karl Malone, 1990
55-LeBron James, 2009
55-Jermaine O’Neal, 2005
54-Michael Adams, 1991
54-Allen Iverson, 2004
53-Dale Ellis, 1989
52-DeMar DeRozan, 2018
52-LeBron James, 2005
50-George Gervin, 1982
50-Allen Houston, 2003
50-Michael Jordan, 1987
50-Michael Jordan, 1989
The Bucks lost nine of the 12 games where an opponent scored 50-plus… seven of the games were played on the road, five in Milwaukee… the most points scored by an opponent in Milwaukee is 55 by LeBron James in 2009… the oldest opponent to tally 50 or more against the Bucks was Allen Houston at age 31 and 330 days.
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Boston Celtics 19-year-old rookie Jason Tatum had 15 points in the Celtics win over Cleveland on January 3. Tatum has now scored 579 points in his rookie season, placing him fourth on the list of most points this season by rookies. He is behind Donovan Mitchell (Utah), who ranks first, Kyle Kuzma (L.A. Lakers) and Ben Simmons (Philadelphia).
Tatum’s 579 points, however, ranks 34th on the all-time list of most points scored by teenagers in the NBA. LeBron James is one of six players who tallied over 1,000 points as a teenager in the league; he had 2,362 career points before he turned 20.
Here are the six teenagers who scored 1,000 or more points in the NBA.
LeBron James, 2,362
Kobe Bryant, 1,759
Carmelo Anthony, 1,725
Kevin Durant, 1,624
Dwight Howard, 1,243
Devin Booker, 1,087
Tatum has an outside chance of joining the above six players with 1,000 points scored as a teenager. He turns 20 on March 3, 2018. The Celtics have 22 games until he turns 20; he needs to score 421 points in those games, an average of 19.1 per game.
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Now that Giannis has reached his 23rd birthday, we can take a look back at how his NBA career looks prior to turning 23… and how it compares to other NBA players who had success in the league prior to turning 23.
- … 5,364 points, ninth most career points by an NBA player before his 23rd birthday. LeBron James tops the list with 9,188 points before his 23rd birthday.
- … 2,407 rebounds, eighth most among players before the age of 23. Dwight Howard tops the list with 4,303 rebounds.
- … 1,230 assists, 15th in that stat category before turning 23. James tops this list with 2,231 assists.
- … 394 steals, ninth most before turning 23. James tops this list with 603 steals.
- … 445 blocked shots, tenth most before age 23. Josh Smith tops the list with 797.
- … 10,886 minutes played, fifth most played before his 23rd birthday. James tops the list with 14,067.
Antetokounmpo is one of only 14 NBA players with 300 or more career games played prior to turning 23. He also ranks tied for fourth on the list of most triple-doubles by a player prior to his 23rd birthday with eight. Magic Johnson had 19, followed by LeBron with 14, Giannis’ coach, Jason Kidd, with 11, and Alvan Adams also with eight.
It’s interesting to note that Giannis is one of only three NBA players to have scored 5,000 points, grabbed 2,000 rebounds and hand-out 1,000 assists before turning 23. The others: LeBron and Tracy McGrady. If we add steals and blocked shots to the above three stats, Giannis is one of only two players in history (the other is McGrady) to have 5,000 points, 2,000 rebounds, 1,000 assists, 300 steals and 300 blocked shots before turning 23.
Giannis is certainly making a case as one of the top players in the NBA, but based on his stats above, we can confidently say today, the day after his 23rd birthday, that he has been one of the greatest players in the league prior to blowing out 23 candles on his birthday cake. It’s not too far-fetched to say that no one other than LeBron has had an impact on the NBA prior to turning 23 like Giannis.
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