What’s that saying? Records were made to be broken? That’s the one.
Throughout NBA history, hundreds of records have been set and repeatedly broken time and time again, with only a few legendary ones standing the test of time (70% of them belonging to Wilt Chamberlain). But eventually, even if it takes 100 years, some of the NBA’s most untouchable records will be surpassed. Everyone thought that Oscar Robertson’s triple-double average in a season record would never be broken, but here we are.
We’re not here to talk about unbeatable records though, we’re here to discuss five records that will definitely be broken before the 2022 NBA season, one of them considered untouchable for the past 20 years.
5. Most Career Playoff Games – Derek Fisher (259)
Not considered an NBA legend by any means, Derek Fisher was still an important piece in the Lakers past five championships, playing for Los Angeles between 1997-2005, and then again between 2007-2012. Fisher also played for the Jazz, Warriors, Mavericks and Thunder in his 18-year career. And because his teams were pretty successful, he played in the postseason a lot.
So much, in fact, that Fisher owns the record for most playoff games in a career, with 259. That record won’t stand for too long however, as LeBron James — the highest ranked active player — is hot on his heels.
James only needs to play 43 more playoff games to beat Fisher, and with no signs of slowing down anytime soon, LeBron could have this record wrapped up within 3-4 seasons.
4. Most Career Playoff Steals – Scottie Pippen (395)
This record is more a formality than anything else.
Scottie Pippen is a player who could’ve been one of the greatest of all-time, but put aside his ego and personal aspirations for the good of the team, being content playing alongside Jordan and winning six titles.
Those wins didn’t come without Pippen’s fair share of records however, as the small forward currently owns the record for the most playoffs steals in a career, with 395.
Again, however, LeBron James isn’t not far off at all, currently sitting at 389 steals, only needing a mere seven more to break the record, something he should do in the first round of the playoffs this season.
3. Most Seasons Played With A Single Franchise – Kobe Bryant & Dirk Nowitzki (20)
Dirk actually is the co-owner of this record already, tying Kobe‘s record for most seasons played with the one team this season, playing in his 20th NBA campaign under the Dallas Mavericks.
However, if Nowitzki doesn’t suddenly retire at seasons end and surprise the lot of us, he’ll be continuing for at least one more go-around next year, meaning the German will have played twenty-one seasons in a Mavericks jersey. Did someone say loyal?
2. Career Made Three-Pointers – Ray Allen (2,973)
Many thought this record was untouchable back when Reggie Miller set it during his playing days. Ray Allen, who is considered the best shooter in NBA history, shut up the doubters, slinging almost 3,000 threes over the course of his 18 seasons in the association.
But with the advent of the three-point shot becoming more and more important every year, this record has become a target for the best shooters in the NBA, namely Steph Curry.
Curry currently sits on 1,984 threes in only nine seasons so far, and is hitting at least 3.5 a game this season. Add onto the fact Curry owns the first three slots for most threes hit in a season, and Curry is well on his way to beating out Jesus Shuttleworth’s record within the next 3-4 years.
1. Total Career Points – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387)
This was once thought to be impossible.
How could anyone surpass Kareem‘s scoring record? KAJ played for 20 seasons in the NBA, and was always a consistent scorer, averaging 24.6 points a game. It may not rival Jordan’s 30.1 career average, but Kareem played for long enough for it to make a difference.
Who has the best chance of surpassing Kareem in total points? None other than LeBron James — again. LeBron currently sits at sixth place on the all-time scoring list in only 15 seasons of play, scoring 29,328 points so far. It may seem like quite a feat, scoring another 10k points before he retires, but this is LeBron we’re talking about, a guy who’s arguably having the best year of his career in year fifteen.
James would only have to score 1,800 a season for the next five years — averaging out to 25.7 points across 70 games every season — to beat Kareem and become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.