By Cayden Westgate
Breaking records has always been an achievement players strive for in the NBA. Records like Wilts 100 points is more than likely going to remain untouchable. But the real question is, what is the greatest individual record ever recorded in the NBA?
Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game
In Wilt’s time, there was no such thing as a three point line, so all of his buckets were worth two points. If you do the math, he had to score 50 times. It may not seem like a lot, but when you have defenders guarding and no three point line, it seems impossible. Kobe Bryant was the closest to reach 100 with his 81 point performance. Then there were many 70 point games performed by Devin Booker, David Robinson, David Thompson, and Elgin Baylor. I believe that the list of these players and the amount they have scored can prove that no one will be able to touch Wilts record. If there ever were to be a player to break that record, I believe that it would be James Harden. He has the ability to score on anyone and in almost every situation. Harden has had multiple 60 point games. Many say he is a ball hog, but if you can score over 50 points then I think that gives you the right to call an isolation play whenever you want.
Russel Westbrook’s Triple Double Season
If you don’t know what a triple double is, it is a stat line of double digits through the stats of points, assists, and rebounds. Westbrook was the first player ever to to average a triple-double for an entire season, he holds the NBA’s career record for triple-double games (181) and previously held the single-season record of 41, which Russell Westbrook broke on April 9, 2017. To be able to acquire 10 plus in every category during a game is pretty hard, especially to be a point guard and get rebounds over big men is challenging. Westbrook also averaged a triple double for 2 seasons in a row. It is a shame he has not won a championship yet.
Klay Thompson’s 3-point Barrage
The Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson broke his teammate Stephen Curry’s record for the most made 3-pointers in a game. Stephen Curry’s record was 13 made 3-pointers made was broken October 29, 2019, on a Monday night against the Chicago Bulls. Klay Thompson managed to put up 14 3-pointers to go along with his 52 points. Being able to shoot and make 14 3-pointers in a game is extremely challenging and difficult. This record might be broken in the future as this league evolves into a shooting era. He may even break his own record in the future.
Scott Skiles’ 30 Assists Game
On December 30, 1990, Scott Skiles (point guard for the Orlando Magic) dished out 30 assists in a single game against the Denver Nuggets. The Orlando Magic beat the Nuggets 155-116. To get to 30 assists seems impossible, even 10 getting 10 assists is difficult. This record to me is one of the most impressive records to ever be recorded.
Wilt Chamberlain’s 55 Rebounds
It is really impressive to hold the record for the most points, but to hold and additional record for the most rebounds in a game is insanely impressive. On November 24, 1960, Wilt snatched up 55 rebounds in a game against Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics. I think that this record will never be broken or even be close to being broken. Wilt Chamberlain was 7 foot 1 so it makes since that he would get a good amount of rebounds but no one would ever think it was possible to grab 55 rebounds. I believe that the centers in today’s league will never be able to break that record because of the way the centers are adding the 3-point to their arsenal, causing them to be out on the perimeter, restricting them from getting as much rebounds as they would if they weren’t playing at the 3-point line.
Elmore Smith and his 17 Blocks
On October 28, 1973, Elmore Smith rejected 17 shots in a game against the Portland Trail Blazers and his team (Los Angeles Lakers) managed to win the game 111-98. Smith was a center so that made it a slight bit easier to get 17 blocks, but to even get 10 blocks is insanely good. Along with Wilt Chamberlain’s rebound record, this record is also untouchable. In today’s league, players are more crafty, and smarter with their shot selection, so I definitely think it is harder to get blocked in this league than it was back in the day.
Larry Kenon and Kendall Gill and there Pick Pocketing Skills
Larry Kenon and Kendall Gill share the NBA record for the most steals in a game with 11 steals. To steal a ball from a player is harder than you think, especially if they are an elite ball handler or an elite passer. In today’s league, players like Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, James Harden, make it hard for a player to steal the ball from them because they are all elite ball handlers and passers. Back when Larry and Kendall played, players really didn’t know how to dribble as well as the elite ball handlers today know how to, and also there may have been a few rule changes with dribbling.