Living your footprint in the history books is never something easy to achieve, especially when it comes to the National Basketball Association, a competition that’s been around for way too long and that has seen the best athletes in the history of the game leave their best on the hardwood since day one.
Succeeding at basketball takes way more than just talent or an individual performance, as you need your teammates, a capable coach and a lot of luck to actually achieve big things in a league that features top-notch talents and that keeps changing and improving on a yearly basis.
Nonetheless, we’ve seen some iconic and historic performances and milestones that have completely taken the league for surprise and blown away pretty much every single basketball fan across the globe, although that hasn’t always translated to a Championship for those guys and their squads.
Still, having their names put in stone as NBA record holders are something that just a handful of guys could brag about, and today we’ll honor them remembering this 10 records that are very likely to stay unbroken for ever and ever.
10. Most Titles As A Coach
This record isn’t ever going to be broken, as not even Gregg Popovich himself could get close to what Phil Jackson did with his Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, making his triangle offense succeed for decades on his way to 11 NBA trophies.
Of course, this system doesn’t work anymore and Jackson seems to be insane nowadays, pushing the New York Knicks over a cliff before being fired, but you just can’t disrespect this guy after what he’s done for the game.
9. Player With Most Titles
If you thought we were going to talk about James Jones and his greatness, we’ll think again, as even though he’s managed to lead his team to like, 7 NBA Finals in a row (just kidding) he won’t come even close to the record holder.
As most of you should know by now, this record is held by Bill Russell, who won 11 rings as the cornerstone of one of the most dominant teams this game has ever seen, the early years of the Boston Celtics.
8. Most Titles In A Row
If you thought the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers were impressive when they completely dominated basketball scene and won their three-peats, you were right, but they wouldn’t still be even close to the actual record.
This record is also owned by the Boston Celtics, who won 8 titles in a row as the complete owners of this league on the early going, and it’s just impossible to picture a team that could win 9 consecutive Championships at this point, not even Curry and his Golden State Champions.
7. Most Wins In A Season
When everybody thought the Chicago Bulls would stay put as the team with most wins in a single NBA season through history after that outstanding 72-10 campaign, the Golden State Warriors completely dominated the league a couple of seasons ago to actually record 73-9.
Sadly, they couldn’t put the icing on top of the cake with back-to-back Championships during that campaign, blowing a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. “Don’t mean a thing without the ring”.
6. NBA All-Time Leader: Steals
Chris Paul could actually have a shot at this record, recording over 1,900 career steals through an 11 season period, although he’d need to be way more durable than he is and play for a lot of extra years to achieve it.
And if you wondered who was this record holder, it was just Stockton again, one of the best two-way players in the history of the game and a guy that recorded exactly 3,265 steals over his successful career.
5. NBA All-Time: Rebounds
With 23,924 career rebounds, Wilt Chamberlain makes our list for the first out of three times as the league historic leader in that regard, and with absolutely nobody having a single shot at coming close to him.
Just to give you some context, Tim Duncan had almost 9,000 rebounds after almost 20 seasons in the Association, and we’re talking about a guy that could grab over 20 boards in a single game as the most dominant big man ever.
4. NBA All-Time: Assists
If it wasn’t for Magic Johnson’s early retirement due to the HIV virus, this record would definitely be his but instead, it’s John Stockton’s property, recording exactly 15,806 dimes through a 19 season period as a member of the Utah Jazz, being considered one of the best point guards in the history of the game.
Obviously, nobody’s ever going to record more assists than him, with Chris Paul being the only one with a shot at the record and he “just” has barely over 8,000 dimes.
3. Longest Winning Streak
Just when it seemed like LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade were going to make history with the longest winning streak in NBA history, and then the Warriors also threatened to steal yet another record, they fell short of the goal and missed as much as 5 games to actually beat the Los Angeles Lakers.
The 1971-72 Lakers were sick enough to actually record a 33 game winning streak, something that seems just impossible nowadays, even for the Warriors, as they would have to spend almost half a season without losing a single matchup.
2. Most Points In One Game
Wilt Chamberlain makes our list again with one of the most impressive milestones ever: The 100 point game, something that seems just impossible to replicate even considering how fast paced is the league nowadays and how much players use the three point shot now.
Of course, we all remember Kobe’s historic 81 point performance and players have been able to put up 50 and even 60 points over the last couple of seasons, but reaching 100 is just impossible and we don’t see that happening anytime soon.
1. Single Season Points Per Game
And last but not least, we get by far the most impressive record in NBA history, obviously also held by Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain, the guy that completely dominated the game through his career and that actually forced the league into changing the rules just to make it more fair.
If you thought Kobe Bryant’s historic 2005-06 run averaging 35.4 points per game was insane (which it was, especially for this era), you just wouldn’t believe what Chamberlain did over 1961-62 campaign, averaging over 50 (Yeah, that’s fifty) points per contest as the most skilled and strong guy on an NBA court.