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Ranking the Most Ridiculous Feats in Basketball History

Peter EmerickSenior Writer IIApril 10, 2012

Ranking the Most Ridiculous Feats in Basketball History

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    In the history of basketball, there have been some ridiculously impressive feats.

    From Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game to the Bulls' 72-win season, all the way to AC Green's consecutive games played streak of 1,133 games.

    Those are just a few of the most impressive accomplishments in the history of basketball, and while there are many, many more, we're here to focus on the most ridiculous feats in the history of the game.

    Ahead is a ranking of the most ridiculous feats in the history of the game we love, known as basketball. 

Honorable Mention: Mark Eaton's 5.6 Blocks Per Game Average in 1985 Season

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    Mark Eaton was an absolute beast in the paint during his days in the NBA, and he even averaged 5.6 blocks per game during the 1984-85 season.

    While that's a ridiculously impressive feat, there's another player named Dwight Howard, who might just be able to get close to that average, and that's why Eaton's impressive feat only earns an honorable mention on this list.

Honorable Mention: A.C. Green's Consecutive Game's Played Streak of 1,133 Games

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    Just to put A.C. Green's impressive feat of 1,133 consecutive games into perspective, the closest another NBA player got, was Andre Miller, who's streak ended at 632 games thanks to a one-game suspension.

    There's no doubt that Green's consecutive games played milestone is epic and it's certainly going to be hard to match, but there's always a possibility that another A.C. Green will come along who has what it takes to challenge that record. 

    Playing in every game for almost 14 seasons is certainly deserving of an honorable mention to say the least though.  

No. 10: Phoenix Suns' 107-Point First Half in 1990

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    That picture of Kevin Johnson and Kurt Rambis is reason enough for the Suns' 107-point first half performance in 1990 to start this list of ridiculous feats in the NBA.

    A lot of teams struggle to score 107 points in an entire game, nonetheless a first half.

    If LeBron, Wade and Bosh, or even Durant and Westbrook can't break this record, there's no doubt that it's an impressive feat that will stay in tact for a long, long time. 

No. 9: Scott Skiles' 30 Assists in a Single Game

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    A 30-assist performance is something that happens just once in a lifetime, and that's exactly what happened in the NBA, with Scott Skiles' ridiculous performance.

    While Skiles isn't known for being one of the best point guards to play the game, he holds one of the most unbreakable records and one of the most impressive feats in the game with his 30-assist performance.

    While Rajon Rondo's come close to matching Skiles' mark a time or two, there's no doubt that a 30-assist game isn't something that's likely to happen in the near future, and that's why it's such an impressive feat.  

No. 8: Jose Calderon's 98.1 Percent Free-Throw Percentage in 2009

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    Hitting 151 out of 154 free-throw attempts in a single season is certainly an impressive feat, but what make's Calderon's feat that much more impressive is the fact that the next season he hit just 83-104 attempts.

    Shooting 98.1 percent from the line, with at least 150 attempts, is a feat that won't happen again in the NBA anytime soon as there aren't a lot of players that have that ability.

    Even Calderon proved that he's not capable of shooting at that level on a consistent basis, as his next highest percentage for a season is just 90.8 percent. 

No. 7: Nuggets and Pistons Combine for 370 Points in 1983

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    When the Nuggets and Pistons met in 1983, no one knew they would set a record for combining for 370 total points.

    While that record was made in triple overtime, the fact that they each scored above 180 points in a single game is absolutely unreal.

    I know a lot of people call the NBA the "no defense league" but the combined point totals teams score today pale in comparison to this record-setting feat that took place more than 25 years ago. 

No. 6: Chicago Bulls' 72 Win Season in the 1995-96 Season

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    The infamous 72-win season of the 1996 Chicago Bulls is a record that won't ever be touched, as the competition level in the NBA across the board is more balanced than ever (aside from the Heatles).

    Winning 88 percent of the games played over the span of an 82-game season takes legitimate talent and above all, serious team chemistry, and that's exactly what the Bulls had.

    Teams like the Miami Heat, have the talent they need to topple this record, but they don't have the chemistry they need to do so, and that's what makes this record such an absolutely ridiculous feat that won't ever be broken. 

No. 5: Wilt Chamberlain's 50.4 Points Per Game Average in 1962

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    Wilt Chamberlain is best known for his 100-point performance, but one of his more impressive feats is his 50.4 points per game average during the 1961-62 season.

    Averaging anywhere above 30 points per game over the span of an 82-game season is a rarity in and of itself, but averaging 50 points per game is something that we will certainly never see again.

    The level of talent in the NBA today will keep any individual player from reaching such a high points per game average, and the fact that Chamberlain's average is so unbreakable, makes it one of the most ridiculous feats in basketball history. 

No. 4: Kareem Abdul Jabbar's 38,387 Career Point Record

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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's career point total of 38,387 is one of the most ridiculous feats in NBA history, as no player since has come within even 1,000 points of breaking that record.

    The active player with the highest chance to break his record is Kobe Bryant, who has a total of 29,440 points over his 16-year NBA career.  Kobe would have to play for at least six more seasons at the same level he is now, to come even close to that record and that's certainly not going to happen.

    Scoring that many points in 20 NBA seasons is something that won't happen again, even in the score-happy league the NBA has become, and that's why Abdul-Jabbar's feat is so ridiculous. 

No. 3: John Stockton's Career Assist Record of 15,806 Assists

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    John Stockton's career assists total of 15,806 assists is such an unbreakable feat that when you look at the next closest, active players, it's almost comical.

    Jason Kidd, who's played in the league for 18 years and is on his last leg, has a career total of just 11,798 assists, which goes to show how impressive of a feat Stockton's total truly is.

    To total the amount of assists Stockton had during his career, a player would need to average 10.2 assists per game for 19, full 82-game seasons.  No player in the NBA currently averages above 10 assists per game, and that's why Stockton's feat is so absolutely ridiculous. 

No. 2: Oscar Robertson's Ridiculous Triple-Double 1961-62 Season Average

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    Managing to account for a triple-double is an impressive enough feat in a single game, nevertheless over the span of an entire season, and that's exactly what the "Big O" did during the 1961-62 season.

    Robertson's averages of 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game are the kind of season-long averages that we will never see again in the NBA.  Yes, even LeBron James won't be able to produce at that level.

    I don't even know what else to say about that feat, as it truly leaves me speechless.  I'll quit writing about basketball when another player averages a triple-double for an entire season, that's how confident I am that will never happen again.

No. 1: Wilt Chamberlain's 100-Point Game

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    Here it is, the No. 1 most ridiculous feat in basketball history.  Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game.

    While Kobe Bryant got close to that record in 2006, with his 81-point performance, he was still 19 points short of tying that record and that goes to show just how impressive and unbreakable of a record it is.

    We might never see another player in the NBA as dominant as Chamberlain was during his early years, and we will certainly never see another 100-point performance.

    Dropping triple digits in a game all by yourself is the kind of feat that will never be replicated, and that makes it the most ridiculous feat in the history of basketball, hands down. 

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