NBA: Kobe Bryant and Members of the 20,000 Points – 5,000 Assists Club

Kobe Bryant: Only Player In NBA History With 30,000 Points And 6,000 Assists

Kobe Bryant: Only Player In NBA History With 30,000 Points And 6,000 Assists

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.

Every one of these guys is a Hall of Famer or will be – and that should definitely include Allen Iverson.

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.

The two exceptions? The Big “O,” Oscar Robertson, and Gary Payton – both amongst the top 10 in assists all 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.

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

Photo: Danny Moloshok, AP via thechronicleherald.ca

Posted on December 1, 2014, in NBA Basketball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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