The NBA record books are filled with great accomplishments by some of the greatest players to ever play the game. There are some records that will never be broken - Wilt Chamberlain's record 100 points in a game immediately comes to mind. However, as the game evolves and new superstars emerge, there are many records that have fallen.
Last year alone LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan to become the all-time leading playoff scorer and Russell Westbrook had 42 regular season triple-doubles which broke the 55-year-old record of 41 triple-doubles set by the great Oscar Robertson.
In this list we will look at 5 more NBA records that will be broken - and we will tell you which current NBA player will break the record!
5. MOST POINTS SCORED CAREER (38,387)
Yup, we are starting off with the big one. And as any NBA fan knows, the all-time leading scorer is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who scored 38,387 points during his 20 year NBA career.
The closest active player to Jabbar's record is Dirk Nowitzki who sits in 6th place with 30,428 points. However, although he is the closest to the record he is also in his 20th season. In 6th place though is none other than LeBron James with 29,250 points and he has put up those numbers in 15 seasons.
James is also in incredible shape, takes care of his body as well as anyone in the league, and is playing at a level that has him as arguably still the best player in the game! With that in mind, playing five more years seems like a no-brainer for "King" James and if he were to average just over 1,800 pointe per season over the next five seasons he would break the record.
Putting that number into perspective, LeBron has - in the last five seasons, starting with the 2012-2013 season - scored: 2,036, 2,089, 1,743, 1,920 and 1,954 points.
4. MOST PLAYOFF GAMES CAREER (259)
You might be surprised to learn that the record for most career playoff games is held by Derek Fisher. He was part of all those L.A. Laker teams from 1997 to 2011 (with a stint on the Utah Jazz in 2007) and then he went to The Oklahoma City Thunder for three seasons from 2012 to 2014.
In second place on the list is Tim Duncan with 251 playoff games played. But the great Duncan is retired so he ain't breaking the record. So, moving down the list to active players we find LeBron James in 7th place with 217 games and Manu Ginobili in 9th place with 213 games. This one is easy...
LeBron only needs to play in 43 more playoff games to set the record - which shouldn't be a problem. Sure, Cleveland might not be looking like a championship team at this point in the season, but there is no doubt they will make the playoffs and he should still play in a bunch of playoff games with every round being a best-of-7. If the Cavs aren't as dominant as they have been in the past, that could mean longer series' and more games.
If James leaves Cleveland at the end of this season (as many people are predicting) he will definitely make sure he ends up on a team with championship potential - which means more playoffs and more playoff games.
3. MOST 3-POINTERS MADE CAREER (2,973)
This one is easy!
The current record holder is the great Jesus Shuttlesworth - I mean, Ray Allen. Allen has the record with 2,973 3-pointers and he did that in 18 seasons.
There are six active players in the top 10 of all-time 3-pointers, but only one of them is going to break the record. That would, of course, be Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry.
Curry currently stands at 1,970 3-pointers in only nine seasons! Not only that, but Curry has the top three spots in the record books for 3-pointers in a season with 286 in 2015, 324 in 2017 and 402 in 2016. Even if he slows down and only gets 250 per year going forward (which is even fewer than his 261 from the 2014 season), it will only take him four more seasons to pass Ray Allen.
2. MOST STEALS PLAYOFFS (395)
The man who holds the record was a pivotal member of those championship winning Chicago Bulls teams of the 1990s. Nope, this one doesn't belong to Michael Jordan but rather it is Scottie Pippen who is the all-time steals leader in the playoffs with 395.
Jordan actually sits in third place on the site with 376 and with 389 hanging out - for now - in second place is LeBron James. Well, this is another easy one. James only needs 7 more steals to break the record. So, LeBron should have another NBA record to his name at some point during the 2017-2018 NBA playoffs.
1. MOST SEASONS PLAYED WITH A SINGLE FRANCHISE (20)
With all the NBA stars changing teams in the offseason in the last few years, one might forget that this is a relatively new phenomenon. for most of the history of the NBA star players would spent most of, if not all, their career with one team. Can you imagine Larry Bird playing for anyone but the Celtics? How about Magic Johnson not playing for the Lakers? And Michael Jordan... ya, he did play for the Wizards but that was at the tale end of his incredible career.
The current record for most seasons played with a single franchise is 20 and the record is held by two players: Kobe Bryant (with the Lakers) and Dirk Nowitzki (with the Dallas Mavericks). Nowitzki tied the record by playing this season and if he plays next season he will break the record.
Back in July Nowitzki and the Mavs agreed to 2-year $10 million deal (Dirk could have gotten $25 million from his previous contract but agreed to forgo that deal and re-sign for the $10 million to help the team). The second year is a team option, but considering all that Dirk has done for the Mavericks over the last 20 years and the fact that he can still play, there is almost no way they don't pick up the option. When they do and when Dirk plays next season he will break the record.
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