In light of Luka Doncic’s monstrous stat line last night, we thought it would be a fun idea to take a look at some of the best stat lines in NBA history. To be perfectly honest, this article could have been filled entirely with Wilt Chamberlain stat lines. The man spent a season averaging 50 points, 25 rebounds, and somehow 48.5 minutes per game, but I figured we’d spread the love just a bit.
5. Luka Doncic: 60 points, 21 rebounds, 10 assists (12/27/22)
Luka Doncic has been neck and neck with Jayson Tatum in MVP futures odds for most of the season, but he just put his biggest stamp on the season so far. His record breaking triple double was the first of its kind, Wilt didn’t even put up a stat line quite like this one.
Luka is only 23 years old, and right now he’s putting up numbers to resemble Michael Jordan’s 23 year old season, except he’s averaging double the rebounds and assists.
There is so much parity in the league right now that the top 9 teams in both conferences all have between 17 – 22 wins (except for the Celtics with 25). With the way Luka is playing, the Mavs can go on a surge at any point and increase their championship odds drastically if they can get their head above the rest.
Kobe Bryant is responsible for the second highest scoring output of all time, and given the fact that Wilt’s stats aren’t technically confirmed, his 81 point outburst carries a lot of weight. He put the Lakers on his back during the 2005-06 season. It was his second season without Shaq and his number two was now Lamar Odom. He averaged 35.4 points, the highest of his career, but his efforts were only enough to take the Suns to 7 games in the first round of the playoffs.
3. Russell Westbrook: 20 points, 20 rebounds, 21 assists (4/02/19)
When you can put up a stat line in 2019 that’s only ever been accomplished by Wilt Chamberlain in 1968 (and you’re almost an entire foot shorter than Wilt), you know you’ve done something legendary.
Russell Westbrook is no stranger to triple doubles, in fact he has 16 more than anyone else in NBA history, but 20/20/20 is ridiculous. Some might say that he’s a stat stuffer, but his teams are 136-45 when he gets a triple double, so whatever gets the job done.
The craziest part about this stat line isn’t the absurd amount of points or the fact that the 6’’6 Jordan grabbed 18 boards. It’s the fact that the GOAT (according to many) got his career high in points and rebounds on the same night.
Jordan had 31 50-point games and 20 of them came before he started winning championships. He’s one of only two players (Wilt) to average 30+ points over his entire career.
I had to include two lines when discussing Wilt. Both of these lines are absolutely unheard of. A 100 point game and a quintuple double? It was a different time when Wilt was playing as a man among boys, but every time you stare at his career stats it just doesn’t feel real.
Wilt averaged 40.6 points and 24.9 rebounds over the first 6 years of his career. An average game for him back then would be a career night for 99% of the NBA today. Wilt had 118 50-point games, 87 more than 2nd place Michael Jordan.
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