Defense in the NBA has always been adorned with offense taking a back seat, but scoring has brought more flair and interest to the game in recent years.
This exclusive club speaks to a well-rounded player with outstanding scoring points, rebounds, and assists. There's been a conversation about LeBron James making the club as he already has 35,367 points and 9,696 assists although he is lagging in his rebounds (9,751). Even if he secures 400 rebounds per season in the next four NBA seasons, James will need 3,649 more rebounds to make the club. However, James is favorite to beat all-time leading scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as he is 3,020 points away. With 1,126 points scored last season, James can surpass the record in the next three seasons.
The following are the only three members of the NBA's 25,000 points, 15,000 rebounds, and 4,000 assists club.
3. Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan is one of three members of the NBA's 25,000 points, 15,000 rebounds, and 4,000 assists club, having secured 26,496 points, 15,091 rebounds, and 4,225 assists. The former San Antonio Spurs center, who played his whole career at the Spurs averaged 19 points, 10.8 rebounds, and three assists.
Duncan, who was Spurs' first overall pick in 1997, won the Rookie of the Year award in 1998. He was instrumental in helping the Spurs win their first NBA title in 1999, averaging 24 points and 17 rebounds in the NBA finals, earning the finals Most Valuable Player award.
Duncan snatched the MVP award in the 2001-02 season, registering 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a single season, after recovering from a knee injury that ended his season the previous year and forced him off the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team. The following season, The Big Fundamentals put up a stellar performance that saw him score a triple-double (21 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 assists) in the decisive sixth game to take home his second finals MVP award and the NBA title for his team.
In 2020, Duncan was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
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