Friday, May 06, 2016

1,000-1,000-1,000 NBA Playoff Stats Club

When I plugged this search in, I had no idea that it would net so few guys.  I guess it is really hard to get to 1,000 in all three stats:

1.  So, only 7 guys are in the Club -- Michael, LeBron, Magic, Kobe, Bird, Pippen and Jason Kidd.

2.  The list stays the same if you ask for 2,000+ points (Kidd barely squeaking in).

3.  Kidd falls out at 3,000-1,000-1,000

4.  Pippen, Bird and Magic did not reach 4,000 points.  So the 4,000-1,000-1,000 club is Michael LeBron and Kobe, as is the 5,000-1,000-1,000 club.

5.  There is no 6,000-1,000-1,000 club, since Jordan is the all-time playoff leader at 5,987 playoff points.

6.  It is interesting to note that there is no 1,500-1,500-1,500 club.  Magic comes very close, but falls 35 rebounds short.

7.  Magic is currently the only member of the 1,400-1,400-1,400 club.  LeBron would need 171 assists to join him.  Probably this year of playoffs and 2 more.

8.  To give you some indication of how difficult the task of 1,000-1,000-1,000 is, guys like Kareem, Wilt, Duncan, Stockton, Baylor, Karl Malone, Hakeem never came close.  Duncan, still active, is 238 assists short.  Dirk would need 640 more assists.

9.  Oscar Robertson, in the greatest blemish on his career, played in only 86 playoff games.  He never came close to the triple 1,000 Club.

10.  Well, so what?  We certainly have some active guys who in a couple years will crack this list.....right?  Wrong -- Russell Westbrook is 27 years old.  He is roughly halfway there on rebounds and assists.  Assuming he plays until he is 35, he is likely to make it.  Otherwise?  Is 31 year old Chris Paul going to get 675 more playoff rebounds?  Kevin Durant is 27.  Is he going to get roughly 700 more playoff assists?  Not likely.  Rajon Rondo is 30 and stuck on an awful team.  He has made great progress to date, but I would bet against 500 more career playoff rebounds.  Harden is at around 400-400.  How many more years is a 6'5" player going to get 7 rebounds a game in the playoffs? 

The guy who stands a chance is Dwyane Wade, who plays for a good team and is above 800 on both categories.  So, if you assume he plays this year and 3 more years and gets in 60 playoff games, he'd only need roughly 3 assists and 3 rebounds a game to make it.  Now, Wade is 34.3 years old as I write this, so he ain't getting any younger.  But if he were to cross 1,000-1,000, he would probably also go above 5,000 points and join MJ, LeBron and Kobe's list. 

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