Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: By the Numbers
Posted Apr 18 2007 2:33PM
The greatest player in NBA history? One can certainly make the case for the six-time NBA Champion and league MVP who simply might have the most impressive combination of team and personal accomplishments than any player in NBA history. A master of fitness and grace, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played an amazing 20 seasons and sky-hooked his way to an NBA record 38,387 points. As we celebrate his 60th birthday today, here’s a By the Numbers look at his Hall of Fame career.
0 Number of NBA All-Star Game MVPs won.
.547 Milwaukee Bucks all-time field goal percentage leader.
.559 Career Field Goal Percentage.
0.56 Three-Point Percentage.
0.74 Steals Per Game Average.
1 The first player in Lakers’ franchise history to be named league MVP.
2 Number of scoring titles won in his career (31.7 -- 1970-71; 34.8 -- 1971-72).
2 Two Finals MVP awards (1971 -- Milwaukee Bucks, 1985 – Los Angeles Lakers).
2.57 Career blocks per game average.
3 Three straight seasons of 30-plus points-per-game and 16-plus rebounds-per-game from 1971-1973.
3.6 Career assists per game average.
4 Number of seasons Kareem led the NBA in blocked shots (1975 – 2.65; 1976 – 4.12; 1979 – 3.95; 1980 – 3.41).
5 April 5, 1984, Kareem became the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, surpassing Wilt Chamberlain, in Los Angeles’ 129-115 win over Utah at Las Vegas’ Thomas and Mack Center.
6 NBA Championships (Milwaukee – 1971; Los Angeles Lakers – 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988).
6 Number of NBA regular season and playoff records.
6 Six NBA MVP awards, the most for one player in NBA history. Bill Russell and Michael Jordan are next with five each.
6 Seasons spent with the Milwaukee Bucks.
6 Single-game record for most blocked shots in an NBA All-Star Game (1980, OT).
6 The total number of players involved when the Milwaukee Bucks traded Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Walt Wesley to the Los Angeles Lakers on June 16, 1975 in exchange for Elmore Smith, Brian Winters, David Meyers, Junior Bridgeman and future considerations.
6 Number of books written: Giants Steps: the autobiography of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1983); Black Profiles in Courage: A Legacy of African-American Achievement (1996); A Season on the Reservation: My Soujourn With the White Mountain Apaches (2000) Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII's Forgotten Heroes (2005); On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance (2007).
6 One of only six players to have won the regular season MVP and Finals MVP in the same season along with Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon. Since his retirement following the 1988-89 season, Tim Duncan and Shaquille O'Neal also accomplished this feat.
8 Number of NBA All-Star records
10 Recorded 10 games of 50-plus points during his career, all coming while with Milwaukee.
11 Abdul-Jabbar was selected to the NBA All-Defensive Team 11 times (five First Team selections, six Second Team selections).
11.2 Career rebounding per game average.
12 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar averaged a double-double over the first 12 seasons of his career.
14 Numbers of seasons spent with the Los Angeles Lakers.
18 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was 1-for-18 in his career from three-point range, knocking down his only shot from long distance during the 1986-87 season.
18 Record for most playoff seasons played.
18 Record for most NBA All-Star Games played.
19 Selected to play in the NBA All-Star Game a record 19 times.
20 Number of seasons played in the NBA, No. 2 all-time.
24 Kareem’s age when he won his first NBA Finals MVP (1971, Milwaukee Bucks).
24.6 Career scoring average.
24.3 Career playoff scoring average.
29 In Kareem’s first season, the Bucks went 56-26, a 29-game improvement from the previous season (27-55).
29 Holds single-game record for most defensive rebounds (December 14, 1975 vs. Detroit).
29 Number of times featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
30 Scoring average for the 1974-75 season, finishing third in the league in scoring behind Rick Barry (30.6 ppg) and Bob McAdoo (34.5 ppg).
30.4 Milwaukee Bucks all-time scoring average leader.
31 Holds the Milwaukee Bucks single-game playoff record for rebounds.
33 Jersey No. 33 retired by both the Bucks and Lakers.
35 Selected to the NBA's 35th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1980.
38 Kareem’s age when he won his second NBA Finals MVP, 14 years after his first one.
39 Kareem scored 39 points to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Los Angeles Lakers on January 9, 1972, ending the Lakers record 33-game winning streak.
42 When Kareem retired at age 42, no NBA player had ever scored more points, blocked more shots, won more Most Valuable Player Awards, played in more All-Star Games or logged more seasons.
46 Holds the Milwaukee Bucks single-game playoff record for most points.
50 Selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996).
57 Record for most career personal fouls during NBA All-Star competition.
60 Kareem’s age (April 16, 1947).
70 1970 won NBA Rookie of the Year.
72.1 Free Throw Percentage.
105 Record for most field goals made in NBA All-Star competition.
213 Record for most field goals attempted in NBA All-Star competition.
237 Record for most playoff games played.
251 Record for most career points in NBA All-Star competition.
449 Record for most minutes played during NBA All-Star competition.
476 Record for most blocked shots in playoffs.
787 Streak of 787 consecutive games of scoring in double figures was snapped on December 4, 1987 versus, ironically, Milwaukee. The streak is second only to Michael Jordan, who compiled 866 consecutive games of 10-plus points during his career.
797 Record for most personal fouls in playoffs.
1,111 Single season record for most defensive rebounds (1976).
1,160 Career steals.
1,560 Games played, No. 2 all time.
2,356 Record for most playoff field goals made.
2,694 Los Angeles Lakers all-time blocked shots leader.
3,189 Career blocks, No. 2 all time (Note: Blocks weren’t officially recorded until the 1973-74 season).
4,657 NBA’s all-time leader in personal fouls.
5,660 Career assists.
5,902 Milwaukee Bucks all-time leader in field goals made.
6,712 Career free throws made, 8th all time.
7,161 Milwaukee Bucks all-time rebounding leader (7,161).
8,851 NBA’s all-time leader for most minutes played in the playoffs.
9,304 Career free throws attempted, 5th all-time.
10,787 Milwaukee Bucks all-time leader in field goals attempted.
14,211 Milwaukee Bucks all-time leader in points scored (14,211).
15,837 NBA’s all-time leader for most field goals made.
17,440 Career rebounds, No. 3 all-time.
28,307 NBA’s all-time leader for most field goals attempted.
38,387 NBA’s all-time leader in points scored.
57,446 NBA’s all-time leader for most minutes played.