The current members of the NBA’s 20-7-3 Club
As the 2022-23 NBA tips-off this week, it’s interesting to note that there are 20 players who have averaged in their careers 20 or more points per game, seven or more rebounds per game, and three or more assists per game. Of these 20 players, eight are currently active in the league.
Here’s the alphabetical list of these 20 players to have career averages of 20+ pts, 7+ rebounds and 3+ assists per game (* indicates a member of the Hall of Fame):
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 24.6/11.2/3.6*
Giannis Antetokounmpo, 21.8/9.4/4.6
Charles Barkley, 22.1/11.7/3.9*
Elgin Baylor, 27.4/13.5/4.3*
Larry Bird, 24.3/10.0/6.3*
Wilt Chamberlain, 30.1/22.9/4.4*
Billy Cunningham, 20.8/10.1/4.0*
Luka Doncic, 26.4/8.5/8.0
Kevin Durant, 27.2/7.1/4.3
Joel Embiid, 26.0/11.4/3.3
LeBron James, 27.1/7.5/7.4
Marques Johnson, 20.1/7.0/3.6
Bob Lanier, 20.1/10.1/3.1*
Karl Malone, 25.0/10.1/3.6*
Bob Pettit, 26.4/16.2/3.0*
Oscar Robertson, 25.7/7.5/9.5*
Karl-Anthony Towns, 23.2/11.3/3.1
Chris Webber, 20.7/9.8/4.2*
Russell Westbrook, 22.8/7.4/8.4
Zion Williamson, 25.7/7.0/3.2
A closer look at these 20 reveals a couple of interesting facts:
- Eleven of the 20 who are no longer playing are in the Hall of Fame. Eight are currently active in the NBA. The only player on this list who is not playing and not in the Hall of Fame is Marques Johnson.
- Milwaukee Bucks fans will see that five different players on this list have spent time with the team: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Marques Johnson, Bob Lanier, and Oscar Robertson.
- Giannis has averaged 21.8 points per game, 9.4 rebounds per game, and 4.6 assists per game. Only one player in NBA history has better numbers than Antetokounmpo in each of these three stat categories: Larry Bird. He averaged 24.3 points per game, 10.0 rebounds per game, and 6.3 assist per game.
Russell Westbrook on pace for rare 30-10 season
When Kevin Durant decided to take his formidable skills to the Golden State Warriors, it didn’t take a genius to figure out that Russell Westbrook would be the focal point of the Oklahoma City Thunder team (and its offense). As the 2016-17 NBA season pushes past the first quarter mark, Westbrook is certainly carrying the Thunder. He is averaging 31 points and 11.3 assists per game, good enough for second place in both stats categories in the league.
Only two players in NBA history have averaged 30 or more points and 10 or more assists per game for a season: Tiny Archibald was the last to do it in the 1972-73 season when he tallied 34 points per game with 11.4 assists for Kansas City-Omaha. Prior to that, Oscar Robertson did it five times… in 1961-62, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1965-66 and 1966-67.
In addition to Archibald and Robertson getting 30-10 in a season, there have been seven times when a player averaged 30 or more points per game and seven or more assists per game in a season. Those players:
Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati, 1960-61: 30.5/9.7
Michael Jordan, Chicago, 1988-89: 32.5/8.0
Dwyane Wade, Miami, 2008-09: 30.2/7.5
LeBron James, Cleveland, 2007-08: 30.0/7.2
Allen Iverson, Philadelphia, 2005-06: 33.0/7.4
Allen Iverson, Philadelphia, 2004-05: 30.7/7.9
Jerry West, L.A. Lakers, 1969-70: 31.2/7.5
Houston’s James Harden is averaging 28.3 points per game and 11.8 assists per contest, leading the league in assists and placing him fourth in scoring. If we look at the players who have averaged 25 points per games and 10 assists per game in a season, Archibald and Robertson make the list with their 30-10 seasons. In addition, Westbrook would join the group if he stays on pace, as would Harden. The only other player who has reached 25-10 in a season is Michael Adams. In the 1990-91 season with the Denver Nuggets, Adams averaged 26.5 points per game and 10.5 assist per game.
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