The 10 Greatest Individual Seasons in NBA History

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The 10 Greatest Individual Seasons in NBA History

This is a list of the 10 best seasons ever. Only one season from one player was put on this list. 

 

10. Nate "Tiny" Archibald, 1972-73 season

Archibald was a great point guard in his 14-year career as he was a great scorer and passer.

His best season came in the 1972-73 season when he became the only player in the NBA history to lead the league in scoring and assists in the same season. In that season, he averaged an amazing 34 points, 11.4 assists, and 2.8 rebounds while shooting a great 48.8% from the field and 84.7% from the free-throw line.

However, despite his legendary season his Kansas City Kings had a 36-46 record. 

 

9. Kobe Bryant, 2002-03 season

Kobe is one of the best players ever and while he has had several amazing seasons, the 2002-03 season was his best. In that season, he averaged 30 points, 6.9 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 2.2 steals, and 0.8 blocks while shooting 45.1% from the field, 38.3% from the three-point line and 84.3% from the free-throw line.

He was on the All-NBA first team and on the All-Defensive first team. 

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He also had one of the greatest months ever in February of that season when he averaged an unheard of 40.6 points per game, strung together nine consecutive games with at least 40 points, and scored 35-plus points in 15 straight games. 

 

8. Elgin Baylor, 1961-62 season

Baylor is one of the most underrated players in the history of the league. His best season came in the 1961-62 season when he averaged 38.3 points, 18.6 rebounds, and 4.6 assists while shooting 43% from the field and 75.4% from the free throw line.

He helped lead the Lakers to a 54-win season and a finals appearance. He did all that in 48 games because he could only play on weekend passes that season due to being on active duty in the army reserve in Washington. 

 

7. Larry Bird, 1984-85 season

Bird is one of the five greatest players to ever play the game and his best season came in the 1984-85 season. In that season, he averaged 28.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.2 blocks while shooting an amazing 52.2% from the field, 42.7% from the three-point line and 88.2% from the free-throw line. He was selected to the All-NBA first team and the All-Defensive first team. 

 

6. Shaquille O'Neal, 1999-2000 season

Shaq was one of the most dominant players ever during his prime and the 1999-2000 season was when he was at his best. He averaged an amazing 29.7 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 3 blocks while shooting 57.4% from the field and 52.4% from the free-throw line.

He was on the All-NBA first team and on the All-Defensive second team that season and he became the second player ever to win the All-Star Game MVP, the regular-season MVP and the Finals MVP in the same season. Finally, he helped lead the Lakers to their first of three championships over the Pacers in six games. 

 

 

5. Michael Jordan, 1987-88 season

Jordan had several dominant seasons, but I think his best was in the 1987-88 season. In that season, he averaged 35 points, 5.9 assists, 5.5 rebounds, 3.2 steals, and 1.6 blocks while shooting 53.5% from the field and 84.1% from the free throw line.

He won the MVP award that season and his only Defensive Player of the Year Award as well. However, his Bulls lost to the Pistons in five games in the East semifinals. 

 

4. Kareem Abdul Jabbar, 1970-71 season

Kareem is the most accomplished player in the history of the game.

His best season came in the 1970-71 season when he averaged 31.7 points, 16 rebounds, and 3.3 assists while shooting an amazing 57.7% from the field and 69% from the free throw line.  While blocks and steals weren't recorded in that season, you can assume that he averaged about 1.5 steals and 4 blocks a game as well.

Finally, he led the Bucks to their only championship in just in his second season. 

 

3. Magic Johnson, 1986-87 season

In my opinion, Magic is the greatest player in the history of the league. His best season came in the 1986-87 season when he averaged a career high 23.9 points, 12.2 assists, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.7 steals while shooting a fantastic 52.2% from the field and 84.8% from the free-throw line and won the first of three MVP awards.

He also led the Lakers to the championship over the rival Celtics in six games. In Game Four of the NBA finals that season, he hit his legendary junior sky hook over Kevin McHale and Robert Parrish to take a commanding 3-1 lead. He won the Finals MVP after he averaged 26.2 points, 13 assists, 8 rebounds, and 2.3 steals while shooting 54.1% from the field. 

 

2. Wilt Chamberlain, 1961-62 season

Wilt was the most dominant player to ever play the game. His best season came in the 1961-62 season when he averaged an unheard of 50.4 points, 25.7 rebounds, and 2.4 assists while shooting 50.6% from the field and 61.3% from the free-throw line. He also probably averaged 4-5 blocks a game, but they weren't recorded then. 

This was also the season when Wilt had his legendary 100-point game. His team went 49-31 during the regular season, but despite all of Wilt's dominance they lost to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals in a hard seven-game series in which Chamberlain's Philadelphia Warriors lost Game Seven by two points. 

 

1. Oscar Robertson, 1961-1962 season

Robertson was arguably the most all-around player of all time as he was a great scorer, rebounder, and passer. His best season came in the 1961-1962 campaign when he became the only player ever to average a triple double for an entire season (He also missed it in the 1963-64 season by 0.1 rebounds as he averaged 9.9)

In that season, he averaged an amazing 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists while shooting 47.8% from the field and 80.3% from the free throw line. Even though his team had an average record of 43-37, this is, in my opinion, the greatest all-around season for one person in the history of the NBA.

Tell me your opinion of what is the greatest season of all time and if you think I missed any great seasons that deserved to be on the list. 

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