Basketball is a sport that is loved by millions, and that has thrown up some amazing statistics over the years.
Some players have made history by setting incredible records that seem unlikely to ever be broken.
Wilt Chamberlain – 100 Points in a Single Game
Possible the player with most NBA records, Chamberlain played for the Philadelphia 76ers, the Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors, and the Los Angeles Lakers. He achieved amazing numbers over the years, such as being the only player to ever score 100 points in a single game.
This occurred on March 2, 1962. The Philadelphia Warriors beat the New York Knicks 169-147 in a memorable match. He scored exactly 100 points that day, a record which no-one has even come close to matching in the decades since then. Kobe Bryant came closest in 2006, when he racked up 81 points in a single game.
In fact, the list of players who have scored more than 60 points in a single game is dominated by Chamberlain, who did this 32 times during his career. The next player on the list is Bryant, who managed it six times in total, making them both favorites of basketball betting fans.
His other notable records include the most amount of time spent on the court, as he played an average of 48.5 minutes playing in the 1961-62 season.
No other player has ever matched his feat of averaging more than 50 points in a single NBA season. Neither has anyone else managed at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game during a full season.
Wilt is also on the top 10 of players who scored more triple doubles in NBA history. Check out the complete list: https://edge.twinspires.com/nba/top-10-players-with-the-most-triple-doubles-in-nba-history/
Gifford Roux – 20 Missed Free Throws in a Row
Roux isn’t as well-remembered as NBA legends like Wilt Chamberlain, but he wrote his name into the record books against the Knicks, albeit for the wrong reasons, in the 1947-8 season. Roux was playing for the St. Louis Bombers in a match where he was sent to the line for 20 free throws but didn’t make any of them.
His team eventually lost the game by four points, so Roux’s lack of accuracy in free throws was clearly a deciding factor in the outcome. The closest anyone has come to breaking this unwanted record since that fateful day was when Shaquille O’Neal missed 11.
It should be remembered that the Hack-a-Shaq defense was widely used against O’Neal because he was such a dominant player but poor at free throws. The afore-mentioned Wilt Chamberlain was put in similar situations decades earlier, as he desperately tried to dodge opponents who hoped to deliberately foul him because his free throws were so much poorer than his general play.
O’Neal and Chamberlain missed an astonishing 11,000 free throws between them during their respective careers. Both missed over 5,000 of them, with Chamberlain 500 ahead of Shaq.
Scott Skiles – 30 Assists in a Game
Skiles is another NBA player whose inclusion on this list is perhaps something of a surprise. These days, he is best known for his work as a head coach at the Orlando Magic and a few other teams.
Yet, on December 30, 1990, Skiles produced an extraordinary performance as the Orlando Magic beat the Denver Nuggets 155-116. He came up with 30 assists in the game, in which he also scored 22 points.
Incredibly, this was more than the total number of assists of all the other players added together. The rest of the players only managed to get 28 assists between them. This performance by Skiles saw him claim the assists record that had been set by John Stockton, who is a clear leader in terms of the total number of career assists achieved.