By Isaiah Montoya
Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Jason Kidd, Allen Iverson, Steve Nash, Stephon Marbury, Andre Miller, Marcus Camby, Ben Wallace, Theo Ratliff, Jermaine O’Neal and Kobe Bryant all made waves on all-time regular season records lists by the end of, 2010, making them definite players for the ages.
These NBA veterans continued to produce in 2009-10 and made their way up the ranks. Only producing consistently year-after-year can get a player on the NBA’s all-time list because after 50 seasons and thousands of NBA players to play in history, these guys are in the top 25 on some of the main lists now.
We start with one of the most powerful and intimidating players ever; Shaquille O’Neal. The mammoth 7’1” 325 pound O’Neal scored 28,255 points by the end of 2009-10 bringing him to number five on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. O’Neal, who was Rookie-of-the-Year in 1992-93, also moved his way up the all-time rebounds list to #14 with 12,921 rebounds. He made his defensive presence known once again this year and has now recorded 2,690 career blocks which are number seven on the all-time list.
Kevin Garnett also moved up three all-time lists by the end of 2009-10. Garnett has now scored 22,267 regular season points and is ranked #22 in scoring all-time. He also now has 12,188 rebounds and places #20 on the all-time list. Just like Shaq, the defensive minded Garnett has now blocked 1,790 shots and is #19 on the all-time list.
Tim Duncan finished 2009-10 with 11,335 rebounds which are good for #25 on the all-time rebound total list. Duncan has also now blocked 2,235 shots and is ranked #11 on the all-time list.
Jason Kidd, point guard extraordinaire, has now passed Magic Johnson and is now number two in NBA history in assists, behind John Stockton. He has now recorded 10,923 career assists. Kidd is also number four all time on the total steals list. He now has 2,343 steals in his career.
Allen Iverson ended a bad season with the possibility of retirement, but he has now made it to #17 on the all-time total points scored list, with 24,368 career points. Iverson also made it to #12 on the all-time steals list with 1,983.
Steve Nash made it up the all-time assist list as he now has recorded 8,397, good for number eight on the all-time list.
Stephon Marbury was barely still playing in 2009-10 but he still made his way up the all-time assist list. He has now dished off for more assists than most players ever and is #20 all-time with 6,471 assists.
Andre Miller did so also and he lands at number 21 on the all-time assist list with 6,465, only six behind Marbury.
Defensively is how Marcus Camby has approached the pro game and he has now blocked 2,140 shots in his career, good for #12 on the all-time list.
Also making his way up the all-time blocks list is Ben Wallace. He rarely played this season but is now at #16 on the all-time blocks list with 2,032.
Theo Ratliff did the same and now has 1,963 career blocks which is ranked #18 all-time.
Believe it or not, Jermaine O’Neal is an all-time producer with 1,629 career blocks and is now ranked #25 ever. Of course, before 1972 blocks weren’t counted as an official stat so people like Chamberlain, Russell, Thurmond and Mikan aren’t counted.
Finally, Kobe Bryant has moved up to #12 on the all-time total points list with 25,790.
It looks like Shaq might come back next year, but he might also retire. Duncan might also retire, or not. Kidd is still going strong and will be playing next year. Allen Iverson is probably gone. Steve Nash is still kicking ass. Marbury is done. Miller is still good and will be around next year. Camby should be back full-force, at least defensively. Wallace might retire. Ratliff could easily retire this summer but probably wont. J. O’Neal is still part of an active Miami team and Kobe is still here.
If or when you see any of these players next year or in the NBA Finals, like possibly Kobe or Nash, and definitely Garnett, realize you are seeing some of the all-time great producers ever!