NBA All-Time stats: Leaders by category
In this era of NBA, records are being made and broken day-in and day-out. But these records have taken perseverance, consistency and dedication of years to be built and broken.
Players playing at different positions have different roles and responsibilities to carry out. The players who honed these positions and the roles that came with it stand at the top of the stats sheets and are definitely greatest among the players who have stepped on the NBA courts.
Let us take a look at the all-time stats leaders in different categories.
#1 Hakeem Olajuwon (3,830 blocks)
Among the big men who played in the NBA, Hakeem Olajuwon is considered one of the best of his era. He was highly skilled at both the defensive and offensive ends. Standing 7-feet tall he was one big man to fear.
He played in the NBA for 18 years, from 1984 to 2002, for Houston Rockets(1984-2001) and Toronto Raptors(2001-2002). During his stint with Houston, he led them to back-to-back championships in 1994 and 1995. In 1994, he became the only player in the NBA to win MVP, Finals MVP and Defensive Player of the Year.
His combination of swiftness and strength made him made a nightmare for opponent team. His shot-blocking and stealing abilities made him the only player in the NBA to record more than 200 blocks and 200 steals in a single season. He is also the only center to rank among top-10 in all-time steal stats.
He is one of the four players to record a quadruple-double. He did it twice in the same year (1990). Olajuwon was an unusually skilled low post player with an arsenal of fake moves and scoring abilities. His signature fake and score move "Dream Shake" is still favorite in the NBA and is recreated by number of players.
Olajuwon played 1238 games in his career and averaged 21.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.09 blocks per game. Named among top 50 players to ever play in the NBA, Hakeem Olajuwon's record for 3830 blocks is something that no one in near to and probably no one ever will.
Other players in the all-time blocks list are
#2 Dikembe Mutombo (3,289 blocks)
#3 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (3,189 blocks)
#4 Mark Eaton (3,064 blocks)
#5 Tim Duncan (3,020 blocks)