Top Ten Scorers in NBA Playoffs History
The NBA’s playoff scoring top 10 is slowly changing with LeBron James moving up the list, now making to number four overall and first among active players. Still above him on the list? Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan. Tony Parker and Tim Duncan are the two other active players on the list.
Longest Title Droughts in NBA History
The Golden State Warriors won an NBA Championship after waiting 40 years. But there are even longer droughts between titles or since the last one for NBA franchises, among them the Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks, leading a group of teams that are waiting for over a generation, or had to wait between trophy lifts, to taste an NBA championship.
Top 10 NBA Finals Game Winners & Buzzer Beaters
With the 2015 NBA Finals set to start, it’s a good time to remember the most memorable shots in Finals history, including Michael Jordan and two other Chicago Bulls players winning championships at the last second, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with clutch hook shots and Garfield Heard with “the shot heard ’round the world”.
Most Recent Sweeps in the Conference Finals
Sweeps in the conference finals aren’t common, but they do happen from time to time. Over the last 25 years we’ve had seven of them, including two by Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls. This year, with both the Cleveland Cavaliers (with LeBron James) and the Golden State Warriors (with Stephen Curry), we might have the first double conference finals sweep in NBA playoff history.
Top 10 Players With the Most All-NBA Teams Selections
With the 2015 All-NBA team selections out and about, Tim Duncan joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kobe Bryant as the only players with 15 selections all-time, more than any other NBA player, while Dirk Nowitzki completed the shortlist of three among the active players in the top 10.
NBA Playoffs – Comebacks & Chokers of a 3-1 Series Lead or Deficit
The Houston Rockets become the ninth team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 deficit in a playoff series, hoping to become the fourth that actually wins a championship carried by that momentum. The Los Angeles Clippers join the notorious club of choke-jobs needing just one more win. Doc Rivers knows a thing or two about that.
Best Regular Season Teams in NBA History
In the 82-game NBA era, nine teams have won 67 games or more in the regular season: The Chicago Bulls (on three occasions), Boston Celtics (twice), Los Angeles Lakers (twice), Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers. Only the 2007 Mavericks and 1973 Celtics failed to win the NBA title.
San Antonio Spurs – The Best Team Ever, Sort of
The Los Angeles Lakers keep losing. The San Antonio Spurs? They’re a little bit off their game, but not so much as to derail them from their annual trip to the NBA playoffs, and on the way also become, at least for now, the team with the best regular season winning percentage in NBA history.
Atlanta Hawks – In the Footsteps of Giants
The Atlanta Hawks, following a 91-85 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, extend their winning streak to 19, which means they’re the first team this season to reach 40 victories, and can only be compared to other great regular season teams in NBA history, although their championship credentials won’t be tested until much later this season.
Oldest NBA Players With a Triple Double
Early on in the 2014-2015 NBA Season, we’ve seen two dinosaurs of the game record triple doubles, something you don’t really expect from old and falling apart players. However, Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant are special, putting themselves among a select few to get that 10-10-10 mark (or better) past the age of 36, joining the likes of Karl Malone, Magic Johnson and Jason Kidd among others.