The NBA Has Hit 10 Significant Milestones Barely One Month Into The Season

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Rarely does a season end without the NBA and its players attaining a handful of Hall of Fame-worthy achievements. Of course, as in this season’s case, it’s a lot more exciting when regular play instead starts off with a handful of them—and “handful” is putting it lightly. This year, we’re barely one month in and we’ve already counted up at least 10 significant feats destined for the league’s history books. Here they are.

 

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Dirk Nowitzki’s two scoring records
The Diggler has become the highest-scoring NBA player born outside the United States, edging Hakeem Olajuwon out for the title. In the same fell swoop, Dirk Nowitzki ensured his place in the NBA’s history books by replacing Olajuwon as the association’s ninth all-time scorer as well. The German-born Nowitzki hit the milestone in the Dallas Mavericks’ 106-98 victory over the Sacramento Kings on November 11.

Kobe Bryant’s record for most misses
LA Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant tallied up missed field goal number 13,418 on the same day that Nowitzki hit his scoring record (how’s that for irony?). The Black Mamba is now the current holder of the association’s record for most missed shots. John Havlicek held the previous record of 13,417 regular-season field goal attempts.

LeBron James’ record for most Player of the Week awards
On Nov. 17, 2014, Cleveland Cavs forward LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference’s Player of the Week for the 46th time in his career, setting a league-wide record for PoW nominations. That night marked the 44th time a member of the Cavs was given the title.

The NBA’s international players record
This season broke a notable record as early as opening day: for the first time ever, it had more than 100 international players on its collective rosters — 101, in fact, from 37 different countries and territories. The San Antonio Spurs had the most such players, with nine foreign-born players. Last year, the season opened with 92 international players from 39 countries.

The Toronto Raptors’ largest margin of victory

The NBA corrected the Toronto Raptors’ score in last Friday’s blowout game against the Milwaukee Bucks, changing the final score to 128-82. With the adjustment, Toronto tied its largest-ever margin of victory—the last time the team scored 42 points over another franchise was in a game against the Miami Heat in 2008. The Raps currently stand at 12 wins and two losses, topping the Atlantic Division.
 

By the numbers

 

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Kobe Bryant hits 32,000 points
Sure, he may be a bit of a chucker, but Kobe Bryant sure knows the value of persistence. He’s sunk 32,074 points as of press time, putting him just 218 points behind Michael Jordan’s career total. Bryant is the fourth player in history to crest 32,000 career points.

Dirk Nowitzki reaches 27,000 points
On Nov. 17, 2014, Dirk Nowitzki became the fourth player in NBA history to hit more than 27,000 points for a single team. The Dallas Mavericks lifer has played 1,199 regular-season games for the Mavs.

Tim Duncan hits 25,000 points
The San Antonio Spurs’ veteran leader became the 19th player to score 25,000 career points on November 14. And what’s a personal best without a win? That night, the Spurs trounced the Lakers, to boot.

Carmelo Anthony hits 20,000 points
With a three-pointer on the Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony hit precisely 20,000 points. Only 40 players have ever hit 20,000 points in NBA history.

Pau Gasol hits 16,000 points, 8,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,500 blocks
It’s a mouthful to say, but only six players in NBA history have ever achieved this feat. Pau Gasol’s now among greats including Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaq, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett, spurring Hall of Fame rumours.

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