Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan Headline a Select Club
In the NBA there's a club of 11 players who belong to a certain club. There have been players who have done this feat in a season once and there are two players who have done the feat six times.
This club is of NBA players who have throughout an entire season, averaged over 30 points per game, grabbed over five rebounds per game, and averaged five assists per game.
Currently there are two players that are active in the NBA who have accomplished the feat. One has a chance to add many seasons and the other will have a much more difficult time of doing it.
Here are the players that have averaged 30 points, five rebounds, and five assists in a season once.
Pete Maravich: In the 1976-1977 season Maravich averaged 31.1 points per game, 5.4 assists, and 5.1 rebounds.
Tracy McGrady: In the 2002-2003 season Mcgrady averaged 32.1 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game, and 5.1 assists.
Rick Barry: Barry averaged in the 1974-1975 season 30.6 points per game, 6.2 assists, and 5.7 rebounds.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: For the 1972-1973 season Kareem averaged 30.2 points per game, 16.1 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Elgin Baylor: During the 1960-1961 season Baylor averaged 34.8 points per game, 19.8 rebounds, and 5.1 assists.
Looking at the multiple times it has been done here's the group:
Kobe Bryant: Like McGrady in the 2002-2003 season Bryant joined the list with a season averaging 30 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 5.9 assists.
Also the 2006-2007 season for Bryant was where he made the list again by averaging 31.6 points per game, 5.7 rebounds, and 5.4 assists.
Bryant is the one I mentioned that was active who would have a harder time accomplishing the feat again not because he can't do it just that as he has aged he's going to find it a little bit harder to average 30 points a game.
Jerry West: The man who is the NBA logo had two seasons of 30,5, and 5. In 1961-1962 West averaged 30.8 points per game, 7.9 rebounds, and 5.4 assists.
A few years later in 1965-1966 he averaged 31.3 points per game, 7.1 rebounds, and 6.1 assists.
Lebron James: James is the current NBA player that has the best chance to keep adding to his total amount of seasons with 30, 5, and 5. So far he's got two seasons.
For the 2005-2006 season James averaged 31.4 points per game, 7 rebounds, and 6.6 assists.
His other season was 2007-2008 where he averaged 30 points per game, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.2 assists.
Wilt Chamberlain: Chamberlain twice accomplished the feat in his career. 1963-1964 he averaged 36.9 points per game, 22.3 rebounds, and 5 assists.
1965-1966 Chamberlain averaged 33.5 points per game, 24.6 rebounds per game, and 5.2 assists.
The only two players left both tied for the same amount which again mentioned earlier was six times. Starting this list off is Michael Jordan:
1987-1988: 35 points per game, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists.
1988-1989: 32.5 points per game, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.
1989-1990: 33.6 points per game, 6.9 rebounds, and 6.3 assists.
1990-1991: 31.5 points per game, 6 rebounds, and 5.5 assists.
1991-1992: 30.1 points per game, 6.4 rebounds, and 6.1 assists.
1992-1993: 32.6 points per game, 6.7 rebounds, and 5.5 assists.
1960-1961: 30.5 points per game, 10.1 rebounds, and 9.7 assists.
1961-1962: 30.8 points per game, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists.
1963-1964: 31.4 points per game, 9.9 rebounds, and 11 assists.
1964-1965: 30.4 points per game, 9 rebounds, and 11.5 assists.
1965-1966: 31.3 points per game, 7.7 rebounds, and 11.1 assists.
1966-1967: 30.5 points per game, 6.2 rebounds, and 10.7 assists.
What's interesting is the fact that the feat in total has happened 25 times, but between two players in Robertson and Jordan there's been 12 seasons of 30,5,and 5. Yet, for the rest of the group there's been nine players and 13 seasons of 30,5,and,5.
The best season of course was by Robertson which was in the 1961-1962 season where he averaged a triple double for the season.
Now as for the list itself it wasn't that surprising that it was dominated by guards, but what is surprising is that there are two centers on the list Chamberlain and Abdul-Jabbar. Primarily, centers are known for their ability to rebound the ball and scoring in the block, they are usually not known for distributing or being able to handle the ball very well.
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