10 NBA Records That No One Seems to Be Able to Break

10 NBA Records That No One Seems to Be Able to Break

The NBA record book is littered with unbreakable records | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

We’ve already said this a time or two, but records are made to be broken. The NBA is rapidly approaching its 70th anniversary season. Over that stretch, we saw numerous records fall, with very few standing the test of time. Everyone knew that a team would likely break the single-season win record, right? There was too much travel for modern teams, too few off nights to rest and recuperate, and an expanded playoff schedule with more international commitments for the stars who would be able to challenge the Bulls’ achievement. Until Golden State did the impossible, of course.

While some records are relatively within reach (say, minutes per game), others look like they’ll remain unchanged for another 70 seasons of NBA play. It’s unlikely that anyone will get as many technical fouls as Rasheed Wallace, whose general attitude and incessant repetitions — think “ball don’t lie” or “both teams played hard, my man. Both teams played hard.” — made him a singular force, or at least a singular target, for NBA officials. We’re not going to talk about those sorts of (in)famous records in this piece, even though we still miss ‘Sheed’s performances on the hardwood. No, this piece is for some of the most impressive achievements in hoops history, the sort of milestones passed only and exclusively by legends.

With that said, here are the 10 most unbreakable records in NBA history.

1. Highest single-season scoring average

10 NBA Records That No One Seems to Be Able to Break

Wilt Chamberlain retired with multiple unbreakable NBA records on his resume | Wen Roberts/Getty Images

Record: 50.36
Held by: Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt “The Stilt” holds the top four single-season scoring averages in NBA history, and no player has even come close to his record setting 196162 season. Over the last 25 years, the next closest per game scoring average was Kobe Bryant’s 35.4 points per game in 200506.

2. Most points in a single game


Record: 100
Held by: Wilt Chamberlain

Chamberlain had six career games with 70 or more points, and no other player in league history has had more than one. None were more impressive than his 100-point effort on March 2, 1962, though. The next closest single-game scoring total has been Kobe Bryant’s 81-point performance on January 22, 2006.

3. Most career rebounds


Record: 23,924
Held by: Wilt Chamberlain

Not only will this record never be broken, we can’t envision a scenario where another player even comes close. When Tim Duncan retired this offseason after 19 seasons in the league, he was 8,833 rebounds behind Chamberlain. The current leader among active players is Dwight Howard with 11,133 boards.

4. Most career assists

10 NBA Records That No One Seems to Be Able to Break

John Stockton handed out assists better than anyone in NBA history | Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Record: 15,806
Held by: John Stockton

If you saw Stockton walking down the street, our guess is that you would never believe that he holds two unbreakable NBA records and is one of the greatest point guards in NBA history. The active career leader is Andre Miller, whose 8,524 assists are just over half of Stockton’s total, and the next closest player, 31-year-old Chris Paul, has only 7,688 career assists.

5. Most career steals

10 NBA Records That No One Seems to Be Able to Break

John Stockton owns multiple unbreakable NBA records | Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Record: 3,265
Held by: John Stockton

Like his career assists record, Stockton’s record of 3,265 career steals is also untouchable. The next closest active player is Chris Paul, whose career is on the back nine, with 1,793 career steals.

6. Most consecutive NBA titles

10 NBA Records That No One Seems to Be Able to Break

The Boston Celtics have won 17 NBA titles | Brian Babineau/Getty Images

Record: 8
Held by: Boston Celtics

To put a little perspective on this record, no other NBA franchise has won more than three consecutive titles. This record will stand the test of time.

 7. Most career NBA titles (single player)

10 NBA Records That No One Seems to Be Able to Break

Bill Russell has more rings than he has fingers | Elsa/Getty Images

Record: 11
Held by: Bill Russell

It’s hard to imagine a player reaching double-digit NBA titles ever again. The players with the best chance are 31-year-old LeBron James, who currently has  three rings on his resume, and 28-year-old Stephen Curry, who has just one ring. For either player to have a chance, they would have to reel off seven or eight championships in a row before their 40th birthday — not going to happen.

8. Most career NBA titles (coach)

10 NBA Records That No One Seems to Be Able to Break

Phil Jackson has a pretty strong case as the best coach in NBA history | Jeff Haynes/Getty Images

Record: 11
Held by: Phil Jackson

Jackson’s 11 career titles as an NBA head coach are six more than the active career leader, 67-year-old San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. Don’t expect to see this record be broken anytime soon.

9. Most wins in a single season

10 NBA Records That No One Seems to Be Able to Break

Stephen Curry led the Golden State Warriors to a league record 73 wins in 2015-16 | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Record: 73
Held by: Golden State Warriors

The 201516 Warriors set a new record for most wins in a single-season, but came up short against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. While the Warriors broke a record that we had previously said was unbreakable, we just don’t see them (or anybody else) ever winning 74 games in one year.

10. Longest winning streak

10 NBA Records That No One Seems to Be Able to Break

The Los Angeles Lakers display their championships | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Record: 33 games
Held by: Los Angeles Lakers

The Golden State Warriors came within five games of the 1971–72 Los Angles Lakers’ record 33-game winning streak, but this is another record we simply do not see going down anytime soon. The current NBA is simply too competitive for a team to go on what would amount to a two-month winning streak.

Statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.