NBA Basketball History
NBA Records #31-45

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NBA Basketball History: NBA Records #31-45

Most head-to-head match-ups:

Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain

They competed against each other 142 times over a 10-year period.

1st African-American coach in major-league pro sports:

Bill Russell

In 1966, he not only became the first African-American coach in the NBA, but he also became the first African-American in NBA basketball history to coach a team to a championship.

All-time NBA scoring champion:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

He scored 38,387 points over his career.

First player to score 2,000+ pts for 8 straight seasons:

Alex English

He played with the Denver Nuggets.

Only rookie to earn NBA Player of the Week honors in his first week of play:

Shaquille O'Neal

He earned the honor after averaging 23.4 points and 13.9 rebounds his first week with the Orlando Magic in 1992.

First player to win the MVP, Def Player of the Year,
NBA Finals MVP & NBA championship in the same year:

Hakeem Olajuwon

He accomplished this with the Houston Rockets during the 1993-94 season.

Only players to accumulate 20,000 points; 10,000 rebounds; and 4,000 assists in their career:

Charles Barkley, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain,
& Karl Malone

All-time winningest coach in NBA basketball history:

Lenny Wilkens

On January 6, 1995, his Atlanta Hawks beat the Washington Bullets to win his 939th game and surpass Red Auerbach as the all-time winningest coach in the history of the NBA.

All-time assist leader:

John Stockton

While playing for the Utah Jazz he surpassed Magic Johnson on February 1, 1995.

All-time leader in steals:

John Stockton

On February 20, 1995, he surpassed Maurice Cheeks.

Best regular-season record:

Chicago Bulls

On April 21, 1996, they defeated the Washington Bullets for their 72nd win to establish a new regular-season record of 72-10.

Newest "Iron Man":

A.C. Green

On November 20,1997 while playing for the Dallas Mavericks, he became the NBA's newest "Iron Man" by playing in 907 straight games.

Shortest player to win the NBA MVP Award:

Allen Iverson

He won the MVP award in the 2000-01 season.

Highest scoring avg for a player under 22 yrs old:

Tracy McGrady

While playing for the Orlando Magic, he averaged 26.8 points per game during the 2000-01 season.

Only players to average 20+ pts, 5+ rebs, &
5+ assists/game in their rookie season:

LeBron James, Oscar Robertson & Michael Jordan

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