The NBA is full of rich history. And in that history are statistics. Now, while many of us argue the true value of statistics over a career and in the playoffs as a whole, there are some records of note that just can't go unnoticed and are given the proper respect at face value.
These stats transcend decade and era and are constantly, whether intentionally or not, on NBA superstars' lockers in paper form, just awaiting the deadly dart; a target to be destroyed and an entry into the truly elite.
A lot of statistics are nearly impossible to quantify: Do you cut off pre-modern and modern basketball at the merger date? Do you consider 50s/60s ball, when rebounds were averaged in the 25-plus, an exception and not the rule, as height differentials were in the extremes? Do some categories even count since they weren't even tracked until much later?
Some stats just can't be easily separated so, as a warning, some popular stats (both in a game and over the entirety of the playoffs), like rebounding or free throws, aren't in this analysis.
But there are eight NBA records that seem reachable to this day but have, for the most part, remained elusive for the NBA's elite. Will they be broken this year? We'll see. . .