NBA career accomplishments & age-based records

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What a wild NBA season! As usual, we got to witness the good, the bad, the ugly, the incredible and of course, the silly. Behind all of those unforgettable moments are raw numbers. As a total nerd for stats and trivia, I thought it would be appropriate to put together a list of 100 interesting stats and facts from the 2021-22 NBA season.

This is part two of a four-part season stats retrospective and the first of what will become a weekly feature next season. Next up, we’ll talk about career accomplishments.

This group of stats is a nice hodgepodge of records, age-breaking accomplishments and movement on all-time lists. The NBA is chock full of indelible veterans such as Chris Paul and LeBron James (half of the banana boat gang), but there are just as many talented youngsters like Josh Giddey and Anthony Edwards. All four are among the notables mentioned below because of their tremendous play this season. I hope you enjoy reading about these career accomplishments as much as I enjoyed putting them together!

References: Basketball Monster, StatMuse, Basketball Reference

  1. Davion Mitchell handed out 17 assists against the Pelicans on April 5, tying Trae Young for the fourth-most single-game assists by a rookie since 2010. He became the first rookie with 15+ points and 17+ dimes since Trae in 2018, and also broke the franchise's Sacramento-era rookie record (Kenny Smith in 1988).


  1. Davion Mitchell also finished his rookie season with two 15-assist games and joined Trae Young, Ben Simmons and Darren Collison as the only rookies since 2010 to hand out at least 15 dimes in multiple games. “Off-Night” is more than just a defensive specialist and he averaged 5.7 dimes once Tyrese Haliburton was out of town. But he'll need to improve his percentages (41.7% FGs, 65.9% FTs) to avoid 'double-edged-sword' status in fantasy.

  2. Anthony Edwards scored 1,533 points this season, bringing his career total to 2,925. He’s fourth in NBA history in points scored before the age of 21, trailing only LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony. That’s pretty good company to keep.

  3. LeBron James scored at least 10 points in all of his 56 appearances this season, extending his streak of consecutive games with at least 10 to a remarkable 1,092.

  4. Chris Paul moved into third on the NBA’s all-time assists list (passing Mark Jackson and Steve Nash) and became the first player in history to score at least 20,000 points and hand out at least 10,000 assists.


  1. LeBron James joined Paul in the 20k/10k club later in the 2021-22 season, and finished with a career total of 10,045 assists. James is within reach of passing Magic Johnson (10,141), Mark Jackson (10,334) and Steve Nash (10,335) next season. If he passes them, he’ll sit just behind Paul for fourth all-time. The list remains topped by Jason Kidd (12,091) and untouchable John Stockton (15,806).

  2. Speaking of LeBron, he surpassed 10,000 rebounds this season to become the only player in history with at least 30K points, 10K rebounds and 10K assists.

  3. James also passed Karl Malone for second on the all-time scoring list and ended the season with 37,062 points. That leaves him 1,326 points away from passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most all-time. He would need to average 20 points per game over 67 games or 25 points a game over 53 games to pass Kareem next season.


  1. James (30.3 PPG) narrowly missed winning this year’s scoring crown, but became the oldest player in NBA history to average 30. He was also the youngest when he did it in 2005-06. He commented on his age-based accomplishment this season, writing on Instagram, "Aging like fine wine":

  2. We’ll round out our LeBron stats with minutes played, since durability is a chief concern for fantasy GMs. The inexhaustible James opened the season with 50,055 career minutes played and took the court for another 2,084 minutes in 56 games. In the process, he passed Jason Kidd, Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki for most minutes all time. He sits behind only Malone and Kareem.

  3. Ish Smith started his 12th season with the Charlotte Hornets, becoming the fifth player in NBA history to play for 12 different teams. The list is rounded out by Chucky Brown, Jim Jackson, Tony Massenburg and Joe Smith.

  4. Pascal Siakam (35th in 9-cat) averaged 22.8 points, 8.6 boards and 5.3 dimes this season, becoming the first Raptor to ever average 20/5/5 for an entire season. Not bad for a guy who began the year sidelined by shoulder surgery.


  1. LaMelo Ball’s five triple-doubles are the most in a single season in Hornets’ franchise history. He has six in his career and only needs two more to pass Anthony Mason for the club's overall record.

  2. Trae Young’s 737 assists are the fourth-most in franchise history. Doc Rivers has two of the top-3 seasons, including 823 in 1986-87 when he played all 82 games. Rivers is the only Hawk to ever average at least 10 assists per game. Rivers got ahead of any historical comparisons in 2019, when he winkingly referred to Trae as the "second-best point guard in Hawks history."

  3. Trae also became the second player in NBA history to lead the Association in total points and total assists in the same season, joining Tiny Archibald (1972-73).

  4. Robert Williams’ 6.8 block percentage is the highest in Celtics’ single-season history. It was good enough for fifth-best in the league this year, trailing Rudy Gobert, Chris Boucher, Nerlens Noel and Myles Turner.

  5. Nikola Jokic became the first player in NBA history with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in the same season.

  6. DeMar DeRozan had an NBA-record eight straight games with at 35 points on 50% shooting, surpassing Wilt Chamberlain for that record. He’s one of only seven players in league history with a 35-point streak of at least eight games overall.

  7. DeRozan’s 10 straight games with at least 30 points fell one game shy of Michael Jordan’s Bulls record 11 straight.

  8. Chris Paul led the league in assists (10.8) and joined Steve Nash as the only players 37 or older to accomplish that feat.

  9. CP3 joined LeBron James and Nash (who did it thrice) as the only players 35 or older to average at least 10 points and 10 assists.

  10. Giannis Antetokounmpo's 553 made free throws are the most in Bucks history in a single season. After two seasons with sub-69% accuracy at the charity stripe, Giannis finished the 2021-22 regular season 72.2% from the line.

  11. Jimmy Butler recorded four triple-doubles this season, matching the Heat single-season record held by him (2020-21) and LeBron James (twice).

  12. Butler passed LeBron for most triple-doubles in franchise history with 11.

  13. Dejounte Murray recorded 13 triple-doubles this season, a Spurs single-season record and just one shy of David Robinson’s career total. Murray became the franchise’s all-time leader with 17.


  1. Murray averaged 21.1 points, 9.2 assists, 8.3 boards and a league-leading 2.0 steals per game in his breakout campaign. He and Michael Jordan are the only players in NBA history to average at least 20/8/8/2 for an entire season. And yet, he still finished second in Most Improved Player voting to Ja Morant.

  2. Deandre Ayton shot 63.4%, besting last season’s 62.6% shooting effort, a Suns’ single-season record for efficiency.

  3. Josh Giddey became the youngest player in NBA history (19 years, 84 days) with a triple-double when he posted a 17/14/13 line on January 2 against the Mavericks.