NBA: Kobe Bryant and Members of the 20,000 Points – 5,000 Assists Club
You can probably also call this post: the least selfish, best players in NBA history. Not only did they do some of the most scoring ever, but also dished the rock aplenty, too.
We’re talking career stat lines with 20,000 points and 5,000 assists. That’s a whole lot of points all together. And what led to today’s list?
Yesterday, Kobe Bryant became the only baller ever with 30,000 points and 6,000 assists, so I had to drop the bar a bit to get the other 12 players below into the mix. That’s 13 members of the 20,000 points – 5,000 rebounds club.
So, how to rank them? Rather than just rank by most points or assists, let’s rank by “responsible points,” which is just adding the two stats together. Each assist also led to team points, so together the total is the number of points a player can claim full (field goals, three-pointers and foul shots) or partial (assists) ownership of.
This isn’t perfect, though, and every one of these players have higher responsible points than shown. The main reason: we’re not accounting for assists that led to three-pointers.
Still, it’s a perfect way to rank members of the 20,000 points – 5,000 assists club. Career rankings for points and assists, separately, are also provided.
Mostly, these guys were point scorers, who, via lengthy careers, accumulated assists over time.
Meanwhile, Lebron James is set to become the second member of the 30,000 points – 6,000 assists club.
Kevin Garnett is the other (third) active member of the 20K-5K club. He already has 30,000 points, but it’s doubtful he’ll notch the 700 or so assists needed to join Kobe and LeBron.Follow @VinGetz
|PLAYER||POINTS (CAREER RANK)||ASSISTS (CAREER RANK)||POINTS + ASSISTS||TEAM(S)||CAREER SPAN|
|1.||Kareem Abdul-Jabbar||38,387 (1)||5,660 (40)||44,047||Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers||1969-70 thru 1988-89|
|2.||Karl Malone||36,928 (2)||5,248 (51)||42,176||Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers||1985-86 thru 2003-04|
|3.||Kobe Bryant||32,153 (4)||6,003 (31)||38,156||Los Angeles Lakers||1996-97 thru Present|
|4.||Michael Jordan||32,292 (3)||5,633 (42)||37,925||Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards||1984-85 thru 1992-93; 1994-95 thru 1997-98; 2001-02, 2002-03|
|5.||Oscar Robertson||26,710 (11)||9,887 (6)||36,597||Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks||1960-61 thru 1973-74|
|6.||John Havlicek||26,395 (13)||6,114 (29)||32,509||Boston Celtics||1962-63 thru 1977-78|
|7.||Jerry West||25,192 (18)||6,238 (26)||31,430||Los Angeles Lakers||1960-61 thru 1973-74|
|8.||Kevin Garnett||25,730 (14)||5,333 (48)||31,063||Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets||1995-96 thru Present|
|9.||Gary Payton||21,813 (30)||8,966 (8)||30,779||Seattle SuperSonics, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat||1990-91 thru 2006-07|
|10.||Allen Iverson||24,368 (22)||5,624 (43)||29,992||Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Memphis Grizzlies||1996-97 thru 2009-10|
|11.||LeBron James||23,543 (24)||5,898 (34)||29,441||Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat||2003-04 thru Present|
|12.||Clyde Drexler||22,195 (29)||6,125 (28)||28,320||Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets||1983-84 thru 1997-98|
|13.||Larry Bird||21,791 (31)||5,695 (39)||27,486||Boston Celtics||1979-80 thru 1991-92|
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