33 Basketball Facts, Statistics, and Records Every Fan Should Know

33 Basketball Facts, Statistics, and Records Every Fan Should Know

Playing Career

  • Who played the most NBA seasons? ​Vince Carter​ played a record 22 seasons in the NBA, from the 1998-99 season through the 2019-2020 season
  • Who played the most NBA games? ​Robert Parish​ played in a record 1,611 games over his 21-year career
  • How much is a 10 day NBA contract? 10-day contracts in the NBA last for exactly 10 days, and players can be paid between ​$50,000-$130,000​ depending on the number of years they have been in the NBA

Individual Defense

  • Most blocks in a single game in NBA history? The record for most blocks recorded in an NBA record is ​17​, set by Elmore Smith in 1973 as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers
  • Most rebounds in an NBA Game? The record for most rebounds in a single game is ​55​, set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1960
  • Who are NBA all time blocks leaders? ​Hakeem Olajuwon​ (3,830), ​Dikembe Mutombo​ (3,289), and ​Kareem Abdul-Jabbar​ (3,189) are the top three block leaders of all time
  • Who are NBA all time steals leaders? ​John Stockton​ (3,265), ​Jason Kidd​ (2,684), and ​Michael Jordan​ (2,514) are the top three steals leaders of all time
  • Who are the NBA turnover leaders? In the 2021-22 NBA season, ​Luka Doncic​ (4.5), ​James Harden​ (4.37), and ​Trae Young​ (3.99) lead the league in turnovers per game
  • Who has most turnovers in NBA history? ​LeBron James​ (4,788 and counting) has recorded the most turnovers in NBA history

Individual Offense

  • Who missed the most shots in NBA History? ​Kobe Bryant​ (14,481) has missed the most shots in NBA history
  • Most points in NBA game by one player? The most points by a single player in an NBA game is ​100​, scored by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962
  • Who are the best shooters in NBA? ​Stephen Curry​ is regarded by many as the best current shooter, as well as greatest shooter in NBA history
  • Who scored the most points in the least amount of time? ​Tracy McGrady​ recorded 13 points in just 33 seconds in 2004, and ​Klay Thompson​ recorded 60 points in just 29 minutes in 2014

Measurement

  • Who is the fastest player in the NBA? ​De’Aaron Fox​ was voted the fastest player with the ball in his hands by NBA general managers for the 2021-22 season
  • Who is the tallest NBA player of all time? ​Gheorghe Muresan​ and ​Manute Bol​ are the two tallest players of all time, both standing at 7 feet 7 inches
  • Who is the tallest NBA player right now? ​Tacko Fall​, standing at 7 feet 6 inches, is the tallest player in the NBA right now
  • Who is the shortest NBA player of all time? ​Muggsy Bogues​, standing at 5 feet 3 inches, is the shortest NBA player of all time
  • Who is the shortest NBA player right now? ​Isaiah Thomas​, standing at 5 feet 9 inches, is the shortest active player in the NBA
  • Who has the longest wingspan in the NBA? ​Tacko Fall​ has the longest wingspan of all active players, measuring 8 feet 4 inches
  • Who has the highest vertical jump in NBA? ​Dennis Smith Jr.​ has the highest vertical jump of all active NBA players, reaching 48 inches
  • What is the NBA average height? The average height in the NBA was ​6 feet 6 inches​ in the 2021-22 season

Age

  • Who is the youngest player in NBA? ​Joshua Primo​ is the youngest active player in the NBA, currently at 19 years and 3 months old
  • Who is the youngest player to ever play in an NBA game? ​Andrew Bynum​ is the youngest player to ever play in an NBA game, debuting at just 18 years and six days old in 2005
  • Who is the youngest team in the NBA? The ​Oklahoma City Thunder​ began the 2021-22 season as the youngest team in the NBA, with an average age of 24.1
  • Who is the oldest team in the NBA? The ​Los Angeles Lakers​ began the 2021-22 season as the oldest team in the NBA, with an average age of 30.0
  • Who is the oldest player in NBA? ​Udonis Haslem​ is currently the oldest player in the NBA at 41 years old
  • Who has the longest NBA career? ​Vince Carter​ had the longest career of all time, playing for 22 seasons before retiring in 2019-20

Team statistics

  • Most NBA championships for one team? The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics both hold the record for most NBA championships with ​17
  • Most wins in NBA Season? The most wins in an NBA regular season is ​73​ by the Golden State Warriors in 2015-16
  • NBA longest winning streak? The Los Angeles Lakers recorded a record ​33-game win streak​ in 1971
  • Most points in an NBA game? The Detroit Pistons beat the Denver Nuggets ​186-184​ in triple overtime in 1983, making it the highest scoring game in NBA history
  • The lowest scoring NBA game? The Fort Wayne Pistons beat the Minneapolis Lakers ​19-18​ in 1950, making it the lowest scoring game in NBA history
  • Biggest blowout in NBA history? The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder by a score of ​152-79​ in 2021, making it the biggest blowout in NBA history