2010 NBA Finals: Rewriting The Playoff Record Books

Isaiah MontoyaCorrespondent IJune 1, 2010

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      If Derek Fisher plays in game one of the NBA Finals he will tie Karl Malone and Danny Ainge on the all-time playoff games played list at 193 career playoff games. Kobe Bryant will move up to 192.

     Currently the all-time leaders in career playoff games are #1 Robert Horry at 244 games #2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at 237 games #3 Shaquille O'Neal at 214 games #4 Scottie Pippen at 208 games #5 Danny Ainge 193 games #6 Karl Malone 193 games #7 Derek Fisher 192 games and #8 Kobe Bryant 191 games and number nine is Magic Johnson at 190 games.

     Of course in so many games, players will have high lights and low lights. Kobe Bryant moved up to number four all-time in career playoff turnovers. Turnovers is a negative statistic where the ball is lost to the other team.

     All time turnover leaders are #1 Karl Malone at 696, #2 Shaquille O'Neal at 649, #3 Scottie Pippen at 602, and #4 Kobe Bryant at 555.

     Kobe is making his way up the all-time most fouls on another player list with 577, so far. Not a good list. He is now only behind #1 Jabbar, #2 O'Neal, #3 Horry, #4 Pippen, #5 Karl Malone, #6 Rodman, #7 Rasheed Wallace #8Robert Parish and Kobe is at #9 all-time.

     Then we get to the good stuff. No current player on either the Celtics or Lakers roster is in the top 25 all-time in playoff rebounds. 

     The all-time playoff assist leader is, by far, Magic Johnson with 2,346. At number 7 all time is Michael Jordan with 1,022. Kobe ranks #13 all-time with 928 assists.

     We all know defense wins championships and the all-time block leader is Jabbar with 476. Michael Jordan is the only guard on the entire blocks list and he ranks #24 all time in the playoffs with 158 blocks. No current Laker or Celtic is on the list.

     Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan rank number one and two all-time in career playoff steals. That's how they got six rings, in six tries. With Jordan blocking shots and stealing many balls they rank #1 Pippen with 395 and #2 Jordan with 376. #3 is Magic Johnson at 358 and then #4 John Stockton at 338. There is #5 Larry Bird with 296 and #6 Maurice Cheeks at 295. Clyde Drexler is #7 with 278 and #8 is Robert Horry with 276. Kobe Bryant is ranked #9 with 263 playoff steals. Number ten in Karl Malone with 258.

     Defense wins championships but so does scoring. The all-time total points list for the playoffs has changed because Kobe Bryant recently passed Karl Malone to become #4 on the all-time total playoff points list. #1 is Michael Jordan with 5,987 points. #2 is Jabbar with 5,762 points. #3 is Shaquille O'Neal with 5,248 points. Kobe now has 4,852 playoff points which is #4 all-time and Karl Malone has 4,761 points for #5.

     Not in the top ten for points per game in their playoff career, Kobe is #13 all-time.

#1 - Michael Jordan 33.45 career playoff points per game (PPG)

#2 - Allen Iverson 29.73 career ppg

#3 - LeBron James 29.31 career ppg

#4 - Jerry West 29.13 career ppg

#5 - Tracy McGrady 28.53 ppg for playoff career

#6 - Elgin Baylor 27.04 ppg for playoff career

#7 - George Gervin 26.98 ppg

#8 - Dwyane Wade 26.30 ppg

#9 - Hakeem Olajuwon 25.9 ppg

#10  Dirk Nowitzki is at 25.55 ppg for his playoff career

#11 Bob Pettit at 25.45

#12 Dominique Wilkins is at 25.41 ppg

#13 is Kobe Bryant has averaged 25.4 ppg in his playoff career

#14 is Rick Barry at 24.77

    Will Bryant, Fisher and Wallace move further up the all-time list and solidify their legacies?


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