LeBron’s 30 point 10 rebound night

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Last night against San Antonio, LeBron James scored 33 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. This is his 88th time going for at least 30 and 10 in the same game which is an awful lot for a perimeter player 12 games into his 9th season. I realize that box score statistics are antiquated, and you’ve lost all respect for me just for bringing the subject up. Points and rebounds don’t even account for pace! Well, too bad. It’s what we have to use right now, and the all-time list is pretty interesting.

BIG NOTE: These stats are provided by Basketball-Reference.com, the best website on earth, and the box scores in the database only go back to 1986. That is why Wilt and Oscar and Kareem and Elgin aren’t way, way, way, way, way, way, way out in front. Also the games include playoffs, which only go back to 1991.

Educate your brains on the below tabled data!

Rk Player Pos From To Count
1 Karl Malone* F 1987 2004 343
2 Shaquille O’Neal C 1993 2009 296
3 Charles Barkley* F 1986 1999 205
4 Hakeem Olajuwon* C 1986 1999 200
5 Patrick Ewing* C 1986 1999 156
6 David Robinson* C 1990 2001 144
7 Tim Duncan F 1998 2010 134
8 Dirk Nowitzki F 2001 2011 134
9 Michael Jordan* G 1987 2003 91
10 LeBron James F 2004 2012 88
11 Dominique Wilkins* F 1986 1997 81
12 Chris Webber F 1994 2006 74
13 Kevin Garnett F 1998 2008 72
14 Amare Stoudemire F 2003 2011 70
15 Larry Bird* F 1986 1992 56
16 Dwight Howard C 2007 2012 50
17 Antawn Jamison F 2000 2011 49
18 Moses Malone* C 1986 1992 49
19 Kobe Bryant G 2000 2011 47
20 Tracy McGrady F 2001 2008 47
21 Chris Bosh F 2005 2012 44
22 Clyde Drexler* G 1986 1998 44
23 Paul Pierce F 1999 2011 44
24 Alonzo Mourning C 1993 2000 42
25 Zach Randolph F 2003 2011 42
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/18/2012.

Note how Karl Malone’s consistent productivity over his 40 year career separates him clearly from the rest of the pack. Observe the domination of Shaq, who is 96 games ahead of the next center on the list. Tremble in fear at the way 6′ 4″ Charles Barkley has more 30-10 games than Hakeem, Ewing, Duncan, and Robinson. Saucer your eyes in sheer wonder at the audacity of Michael Jordan breaking into the top ten as a guard (the only other guards in this top 25 list – Kobe Bean and Clyde the Glide).

I do think if one were to subjectively list the top 8 big men to play since 1986, when the stats for the above table begin, the results would match what we show in the top 8 of the table. Maybe shoehorn Garnett in somewhere, but otherwise I think Shaq, Hakeem, Duncan, Malone, Barkley, Robinson, Ewing, and Dirk is pretty hard to argue with if the count starts in 1986.

I’d like to close this bit of statistical tomfoolery with an apology:

If unadjusted stats offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber’d here
While this table did appear.

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4 Responses to “LeBron’s 30 point 10 rebound night”

  1. pmadavi Says:

    Adjust that list to include 5 assist games and Mike and Bron go right to the top, no?

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