Joakim Noah Becomes 9th NBA Player with 400 Assists and 100 Blocks in 1 Season

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffApril 18, 2014

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, left, drives against Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago on Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Nam Y. Huh

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah finished the 2013-14 regular season with 431 assists and 121 blocks, becoming just the ninth player in NBA history to record at least 400 assists and 100 blocks in one season, per K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune.

While only accomplished by nine different players, the feat has happened 17 separate times thanks to a trio of repeat performers.

Leading the bunch is Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett, who holds the league record with six 400-dime, 100-swat seasons. As one might expect, each of those six seasons came while he was playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves as the centerpiece of his team's offense.

Behind Garnett, retired center Sam Lacey had three 400-100 seasons, while the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had two of his own.

Joining Noah on the list of non-repeat performers are Dwyane Wade (2008-09), Scottie Pippen (1989-90), Michael Jordan (1987-88), Alex English (1981-82) and Alvan Adams (1975-76).

Noah, Wade and Garnett are the only active players to accomplish the feat, while Adams and Lacey stick out as the two least-recognizable players on the list.

Narrowing the criteria down to the 431 assists and 121 blocks Noah posted this season, only three other players have put together such a campaign. Garnett had 495 assists and 129 blocks in 2002-03, while Jordan had 485 assists and 131 blocks in 1987-88. Most impressive of all, Abdul-Jabbar produced 431 assists and a whopping 316 blocks in 1978-79.

Of course, those other three players were all accomplished scorers, and Noah averaged a modest 12.6 points per game this season.

With 1,007 total points, Noah posted the fourth-lowest scoring total out of the 17 400-100 seasons. The three lowest all belong to Lacey, who failed to crack the 1,000-point mark in each of his 400-assist, 100-block seasons ('74-75, '78-79 and '79-80) for the Kansas City Kings.