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Most of us just play Basketball for fun, some with lot’s of talent play it more seriously, a very few with special talent, get to play it as a profession .

Some of those with special talent, whether it be by accident or design, get to set a record which in some cases may stand for ever.

I have no doubt in my mind that the elite Basketballers are the most athletically talented sportsmen on the planet.

With the height and athletic abilities, they really are Superhuman.

If you have ever happened to see a Pro team in an airport, you too will be left dumbstruck at just how huge these players are , even more so when you fully comprehend how athletic they are.

Wilt Chamberlain who at 7’1 ¼ “ came from a relatively short family , his father was 5’8” and his mother 5’9”. Apparently however his mothers grandfather was 7’ tall.

Michael Jordan is listed at 6’6” and also came from a short family. No other member of his family was more the 6’ tall.

Below are some records that you might find interesting,  if not hard to believe.

They are from the NBA , NCAA and the NBL.

TALLEST PLAYER 

NBA   –    Manute Bol   –  7’7”  –  Sudanese  – Washington Bullets,  has his son Bol Bol , who is only 7’3” now playing with the Denver Nuggets

Manute Bol – 7’7” & Mugsy Bogues 5’3”

Gheorghe Muresan   –  7’7”  –  Romanian  –  Washington Bullets

NCAA   –    Shawn Bradley   –   7’6”     BYU   –  NBA – Philadelphia 76ers  –  was once asked what it was like to be only 6’8”,  replied that he was only 12 and couldn’t really remember.

WORLDWIDE    –   Sueliman Ali Nashnush   –    8’ 0 ½ “   Libyan  National Team

Suliman Ali Nashnush – Libya – 8’0 ½ “

Alexander Alekseyevich Sizonenko  –   7’10”  –  USSR  –  Soviet National Team

NBL   –    Sam Harris  –   7’2 ½ “  –  Tasmania   –  Singapore Slingers & Perth Wildcats

SHORTEST PLAYER

NBA  –   Bugsy Mogues   –  5’3”  –  Washington Bullets

Spud Webb   –  5’7”   –  Atlanta Hawks –  a very uniquely gifted player  . Was only the 4th  smallest , but also the lightest at 133 pounds. Won the NBA Slam Dunk contest in 1986 – incredible.

YOUNGEST PLAYER

NBA  –  Andrew Bynum   –   2005 Los Angeles Lakers  –  18 years & 6 days

OLDEST PLAYER

NBA  –   Nat Hickey   –    1948 Providence Steamrollers   –   45 years & 362 days.

HEAVIEST PLAYER  

NBA   –  Oliver Miller  –  375 pounds – Phoenix Suns –  9 years in NBA

Oliver Miller – 375 pounds

Shaquille O’Neal   –   360 pounds  –  LA Lakers  – NBA Hall of Fame

NCAA   –   Roy Candley  –   395 pounds  –  Oklahoma State University

NBL   –   Nathan Jawai     –  326 pounds  –   Cairns Taipans

MOST GAMES PLAYED

NBA   –    Robert Parrish – The Chief  –  1611 games  –  21 years –  Boston Celtics

NCAA   –   157  –  David Lighty  –  Ohio State  –  partly due to a Redshirt season

NBL  –  Tony Ronaldson    –  665 games  –  SE Melbourne magic / Perth Wildcats 

MOST CAREER POINTS SCORED

NBA   –  Kareem Abdul – Jabbar   –    38,387  –  1560 games  –   24.6 per game

LeBron James  –  most as a current player  –  34,087   –   1258 games  –  27.1

Michael Jordan  –   4th in list  –  32,292  –  played only 1072 games due 3 years playing Baseball    –  30.1

NCAA   –   Pistol Pete Maravich  –  3,667  LSU  –  the most remarkable record of all –  Due to the Freshman League at that time , played only 3 seasons in Division One  – Remember – No Shot Clock and no 3 pt line at that time  – 44.2 per game  – I doubt that that will ever be beaten.

Pistol Pete Maravich

Interestingly his NBA game average was  – 24.2

NBL  –   Andrew Gaze   –   18,908   –   612 games   –  Melbourne Tigers  –  30.8 per game

MOST INVIDUAL POINTS EVER SCORED

WORLDWIDE   –  Mats Wermelin  –  Sweden  –  1923  –  272 pts as a 13 year old  –  scored all of his teams points

NBA   –  Wilt Chamberlain   –   100 pts   –  Philadelphia Warriors   –  02 March 1962  –  made 28 of 32 Free Throws despite 55% career   –  Beat NY Knicks  169 – 147 . Players have scored more than 60 points 74 times and Wilt has done it 32 of them .

Wilt Chamberlain – scored 100 pts in one game

NCAA   –   Jack Taylor  – Grinnell   – 2012  –   138 pts including made 27  3 pt shots – beat Faith Baptist   179 – 104

NCAA  DIVISION ONE   –   Frank Selvy  –  Furman  College  –   100 pts  13 Feb 1954  –  made 41 of 66 shot attempts  –  No Shot Clock and no 3 pt line  –  was Number one NBA draft pick in 1954 for Baltimore Bullets

NBL   –   Al Green   –   West Adelaide  –  25 May 1984  –  71 pts  v  Frankston

HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL CAREER SCORING AVERAGE

NBA  –  Michael Jordan  –  30.12

Wilt Chamberlain  –  30.07

Worth noting that Rick Barry had   –  30.46 whilst playing for the Oakland Oaks in the ABA although his combined NBA / ABA average was 24.8

He also led the NBA , NCAA & ABA in scoring in a season

Barry had 4 sons – Brent , Jon , Drew and Canyon who have all played NBA

LeBron James  –  comes in at 4th with  –  27.1

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar   –   leads the league in total points scored but averaged only 24.61

Kobe Bryant  –  is 13th with 24.99

NCAA   –   44.2   –  Pistol Pete Maravich

NBL   –   30.8  –  Andrew Gaze

MOST TOTAL POINTS SCORED IN ONE GAME

NBA   –   Pistons beat Nuggets 186  –  184  in Triple Overtime on 13 Dec 1983

NCAA   –   Troy State beat DeVry  258  –  141 on 12 Jan 1992

NBL   –   Melbourne Tigers beat Illawarra Hawks  186  –  158 on 27 July 1991 and Andrew Gaze scored 59

MOST CAREER ASSISTS

NBA  –   15,806  –   John Stockton  –  Utah Jazz  – 1504 games  –   10.4 per game

Most of these were to Karl Malone –  The Mailman ( He always delivers )

John Stockton with Karl ‘ The Mailman ‘ Malone

12,091   –   Jason Kidd  – Various teams  –   1391 games  –   8.7 per game

NCAA   –    1,076   –  Bobby Hurley   –  Duke  –  140 games  –  7.7 per game

1038  –  Chris Corchiani  –    NC State   –  124 games  –  8.4 per game

NBL   –  N/A

MOST ASSISTS IN ONE GAME

NBA  –  30  –  Scott Skiles  Orlando magic v Denver Nuggets  30 Dec1990

NCAA   –   22   –   Trae Young Oklahoma State   –  2017

Also on 22   –   Sherman Douglas  –  Syracuse  –  1989

Avery Johnson   –   Southern  –   1988

Tony Fairley  –  Charleston South  –  1987   

NBL   –   24  –  Derek Rucker   –   Brisbane Bullets  v Geelong 1994

MOST ASSISTS IN ONE HALF

NBA   –  19  –  Bob Cousy  –   Boston Celtics  –  ( 28 for game )  plus 31 pts v Minneapolis Lakers  –  27 Feb 1959 

Bob Cousy with Bill Russell – 11 NBA Championships

MOST CAREER REBOUNDS

NBA   –   23,924   –   Wilt Chamberlain  – Philadelphia Warriors –   1045 games  –  22.89 per game

21, 620   –   Bill Russell   –   Boston Celtics   –   963 games   –  22.45 per game

Very surprisingly Dennis Rodman ( The Worm ) came in at 24th averaged only 13.1 per game . At 6’8” he also played taller . Famous for some very strange antics off the court he was also known as Psycho and El Loco.

Also surprisingly  6’5” Charles Barkley ( Sir Charles ) came in at 12546 –  11.69 per game .

He was an outstanding player , who played taller than he actually was .

He was also a real character with a multitude of nicknames –

The Round Mound of Rebound , The Prince of Pizza , The Incredible Bulk and Boy Gorge .

NCAA   –   2,201  –  Tom Gola  –  LaSalle 1951/55  –  118 games  –  18.65 per game

1,604  –   Bill Russell   –  San Francisco  –  79 games  –  20.3 per game

NBL   –    5,200   –  Mark Davis   –  Adelaide 36ers  –  482 games  –  10.8 per game

The 36ers did not recruit Davis to Adelaide . He lobbed in Adelaide from Hamilton in New Zealand as a replacement for  another  American for State League team South Adelaide . After starring for them and scoring 50 pts and 10 dunks on 36ers import Bill Jones who was playing for Sturt , he joined the NBL club to replace import Brian DeVincenzi , who when on a 3 game road trip,  DeVincenzi was out rebounded by 5’9” guard Ray Wood . Davis then exploded on the NBL scene with regular returns of 25 pts and 20 plus rebounds per game in his early years .

MOST REBOUNDS IN ONE GAME

NBA   –  55   –    Wilt Chamberlain   –  Philadelphia  v Celtics   – 24 Nov  1960

51   –   Bill Russell  –  Celtics v  Syracuse Nationals   –  05 Feb 1960

Of the Top 55  Highest Individual rebound games , Chamberlain has 29 and Russell 23  –   Remarkable

NCAA   –   51   –   Bill Chambers  –  William & Mary  v  Virginia   –  14 Feb 1951

NBL  –   34   –    Dean Uthoff   –   Nunawading v  Hobart  –   1984

Also on 34  –   Tiny Pinder   –    Sydney  v   Bankstown    –  1985

HIGHEST SEASON STATS

NBA  –  Wilt Chamberlain  –   48.5 mins  –  50.4 pts  25.7 rebounds  –  It’s hard to imagine that a player could be that dominant

Oscar Robertson – The Big O  –  from 1961 over his first 5 NBA seasons and 451 games , Oscar averaged a Triple Double  –  30.3 pts , 10.4 rebounds and 10.6 assists –  Remember , there was no 3 pt line –  Absolutely unbelievable

Oscar Robertson , front right with Lew Alcindor ( Kareem Abdul – Jabbar ) back centre

BIGGEST 4th QUARTER COMEBACK  –  2nd HALF FOR COLLEGE

NBA  –  29  –   with 8.43 left Milwaukee Bucks  v  Atlanta Hawks to win by 2 pts  117 – 115 on 27 Nov1977

NCAA   –  31  –  2nd half 15.32 remaining  – Kentucky beat LSU 99-95 Feb 1994

MOST CONSECUTIVE FREE THROWS

499   –    Harold “ Bunny “ Levitt  –  06 Apr 1935  –  shooting two hands underhanded

2750   –  Tom Amberry   –   Nov 1993  –   72 years old at that time

5221   –   Ted St Martin   –   1996

MOST FREE THROWS IN 24 HOURS

12,874   –   Fred Newman  –  01 Jun 1975  –  from 13,116 attempts  –  98.15 %

MOST FREE THROWS IN ONE HOUR

1206  –   Ed Palubinskas ( Australian in USA ) – 2004  – from 1265 attempts  –  95.3%

MOST CONSECUTIVE 3 PT SHOTS

209  –  Fred Newman    1996

MOST CONSECUTIVE HALF COURT SHOTS

7  –   Xu Changqing   –   2018

MOST OVERTIMES IN ONE GAME

NBA    –   6   –   Indianapolis Olympians beat Rochester Royals 75 – 73 on 06 Jan 1951

NCAA   –   7   –  University of Cincinnati beat Bradley   75 – 73 on 21 Dec 1981 after being tied 61 apiece at the end of regulation .

Bradley’s Donald Reese and Cincinnati’s Bobby Austin both played 73 minutes also an NCAA record . Again no shot clock and no 3 pt line , hence the low scoring in 75 minutes of basketball

NBL   –   4     –   Melbourne Tigers beat Illawarra Hawks  1213  –  122 on 13 Oct 2018

Also Brisbane beat Perth in 1994 126 – 125 in 1994   in 4 overtimes

MOST MINOR ROUND GAMES IN ONE SEASON

NBA   –  88   –  Walt Bellamy –  1968/ 69  –  Was traded mid season to New York Knicks who had played 6 games less

MOST BLOCKS IN ONE GAME

NBA  –  17  –  Elmore Smith – playing for LA Lakers  v Portland Trailblazers  28 Oct 1973

NCAA   –   16  –  Mickell Gladness   –  Playing for Alabama A & M  v  Texas Southern  –  25 Feb  2007

NBL  –  14   –   John Dorge   –  playing for Brisbane Bullets  1991

MOST STEALS IN ONE GAME

NBA  – 11  –  Larry Kenon  –   playing for San Antonio Spurs  v  Kansas City Kings on 26 Dec 1976

Also on 11  –  Kendall Gill  –  playing for New Jersey Nets  v  Miami Heat on 03 April 1999

On 22 occasions players have made 10 steals , including Alvin Robertson from the Milwaukee Bucks 4 times and Michael Jordan from the Chicago Bulls

NCAA  –   13  –   Darren ‘ Mookie ‘  Blaylock –  2 times playing for Oklahoma in 87 & 88

NBL  –   11  –  four players

Phil Smyth – 1985 playing for Canberra Cannons

Scott Fenton  –  1985  –  playing for Canterbury Bankstown

Daryl McDonald  –  1994  –  Playing for North Melbourne Giants

Steve Woodberry  –  1996  –  playing for Brisbane Bullets 

MOST MINUTES PLAYED IN ONE GAME

NBA  –  69  –  Dale Ellis for Seattle Supersonics who beat Milwaukee Bucks 155 – 154  in 5 Overtimes  , scoring 53 pts  –  in 1989

NCAA  –  73  –  Bobby Austin –  Cincinnati & Donald Reese  – Bradley when Cincinnati won 75 – 73 in 7 Overtimes 21 Dec1981

NBL  –  N/A

MOST EJECTIONS

NBA  –  29  –  Rasheed Wallace  –  Detroit Pistons  –  also had 373 tech Fouls including a record 41 in one season

14  –  Demarcus Cousins   –   Sacramento Kings

Surprisingly Wilt Chamberlain never fouled out of an NBA game .

QUICKEST FOUL OUT

NBA   –  3 minutes  –  Bubba Wells  –  Dallas Mavericks – Strategy of Coach Don Nelson to put the Chicago Bulls Dennis Rodman on the Free Throw Line  –  29 Dec 1997

MOST TEAMS PLAYED FOR

Harry “ Suitcase “ Simpson one of the first Black players in Major League Baseball , supposedly earned his nickname because he played for 6 different teams in his 8 year career in the 1950’s and always had the suitcase packed and ready

NBA   –   12   –   Chucky Brown  –   1989 – 2002

Also on 12  –  Tony Massenburg  –  including 4 different teams in one season  –  1991 – 2005

Joe Smith  –  a No 1 Draft pick , played 16 seasons  –  1996 – 2011

Jim Jackson  –  650 games over 14 years  1993  –  2006

NCAA  –  N/A

NBL  –   6   –  Lucas Walker  –  Sydney Kings , Cairns Taipans , Perth Wildcats , Melbourne United , Melbourne Tigers , Adelaide 36ers .

He has also played for several different SEABL teams

WHICH COLLEGES HAVE PRODUCED THE MOST NBA PLAYERS

107  –  Kentucky Wildcats

97  –  UCLA Bruins

90  –  North Carolina Tar Heels

83  –  Duke Blue Devils

72 –   Kansas Jayhawks

66  –  Indiana Hoosiers

58  –  Louisville Cardinals

MOST NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

11  –  UCLA BRUINS

8    –  Kentucky Wildcats

6    –  North Carolina Tar Heels

5   –  Duke Blue Devils

5   –  Indiana Hoosiers

LONGEST SHOT

112’6”  –  Elan Buller  –  Harlem Globetrotters  –  was several rows behind the base line  –  was not during a regulation game  –  09 Sep 2014

89’   –   Baron Davis  –  for Charlotte Hornets – was just inside baseline  –  17 Feb 2001

BACKWARDS

88’  –   Corey ‘ Thunder ‘ Law  –  Harlem Globetrotters – Threw  ball over his head   –  in 2014  –  standing under opposition basket   –  was not in a regulation game

Records, Records, Records

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