The 2015-16 NBA season begins in 64 days. It will, on cue, provide the usual dramatics and injuries and disappointments and surprises. A handful of bad teams will struggle early, particularly when they have to go out west. A select few will start hot out the gate. New acquisitions will take a while to mesh and then right before the All-Star break they will have figured out their chemistry issues as they prepare for a playoff push. There will be the Grammy Trip (Lakers, Clippers), the Rodeo Trip (Spurs), the Circus Trip (Bulls). All eyes will be on Golden State and Cleveland to see if another rematch is in their works. Or, will the Bulls and Clippers push through?
Kobe returns, Kevin Durant returns, Wesley Matthews and Brandon Jennings come back from Achilles injuries, Ty Lawson straightens out his legal issues. It’s poised to be a season of great promise and a season of great theater.
As the season winds it way from opening night to X-mas and into the dog days of February, as the playoff push and seedings begin, individual players will cap milestones, etching their name in the history books. To be anywhere on these varied lists you have to have notched, at the very least, 11 years in the NBA. It’s a product of longevity and health and good luck and expert coaching to have endured this long. But it is talent and skill that puts you in the NBA history books.
Dirk Nowitzki: 478 points and he’ll pass Shaquille O’Neal for 6th All-Time
Tim Duncan: 973 points and he’ll pass Hakeem Olajuwon for 10th All-Time
LeBron James: 2,034 points and he’ll pass Hakeem Olajuwon for 10th All-Time
Kevin Garnett: 720 points and he’ll pass Dominique Wilkins for 12th All-Time
Paul Pierce: 812 points and he’ll pass Oscar Robertson for 11th All-Time
Vince Carter: 795 points and he’ll pass Allen Iverson for 23rd All-Time.
Tim Duncan: 325 rebounds and he’ll pass Karl Malone for 6th All-Time
Kevin Garnett: 204 rebounds and he’ll pass Robert Parish for 7th All-Time
Dwight Howard: 943 rebounds and he’ll pass Dolph Schayes for 26th All-Time
Dirk Nowitzki: 432 rebounds and he’ll pass Ben Wallace for 30th All-Time
Chris Paul: 443 assists and he’ll pass Maurice Cheeks for 11th All-Time
LeBron James: 426 assists and he’ll pass Mugsey Bogues for 18th All-Time
Deron Williams: 396 assists and he’ll pass Tiny Archibald for 21st All-Time
Kobe Bryant: 265 assists and he’ll pass Norm Nixon for 25th All-Time
Tony Parker: 417 assists and he’ll pass Norm Nixon for 25th All-Time
Kobe Bryant: 123 turnovers and he’ll pass Jason Kidd for 3rd All-Time
Tim Duncan: 149 turnovers and he’ll pass Paul Pierce for 12th All-Time
Kevin Garnett: 21 turnovers and he’ll pass Robert Parish for 18th All-Time
LeBron James: 117 turnovers and he’ll pass Robert Parish for 18th All-Time
Andre Miller: 80 turnovers and he’ll pass Kevin Garnett for 19th All-Time
Dwayne Wade: 138 turnovers and he’ll pass Larry Bird for 28th All-Time
Kevin Garnett: 53 games to pass Karl Malone for 4th All-Time
Tim Duncan: 61 games to pass Jason Kidd for 7th All-Time
Kobe Bryant: 56 games to pass Gary Payton for 10th All-Time
Dirk Nowitizki and Andre Miller: 65 games to pass Moses Malone for 12th All-Time
Paul Pierce: 58 games to pass Buck Willimas for 13th All-Time
Vince Carter: 51 games to pass Terry Porter for 22nd All-Time
Jason Terry: 52 games to pass Terry Porter for 22nd All-Time
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