By JERRY TAPP
The Greek Freak, The Brodie and The Joker join exclusive clubs
In addition to sharing some interesting, colorful nicknames, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Russell Westbrook and Nikola Jokic each put up some impressive numbers during the 2018-19 NBA regular season. So impressive, that their stats have rarely been seen in league history.
Let’s start with Giannis, The Greek Freak. He became the ninth player in NBA history to finish a season averaging 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. His season totals were 27.7 points per game, 12.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per contest.
Here are the nine players with 25-10-5 seasons in league history.
Mil., 2018-19… 27.7, 12.5, 5.9
DeMarcus Cousins, N.O., 2017-18… 25.2, 12.9, 5.4
Russell Westbrook, OKC, 2017-18… 25.4, 10.1, 10.3
Russell Westbrook, OKC, 2016-17… 31.6, 10.7, 10.4
Charles Barkley, Phoe., 1992-93… 25.6, 12.2, 5.1
Larry Bird, Bost., 1984-85… 28.7, 10.5, 6.6
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, L.A. Lakers, 1975-76… 27.7, 16.9, 5.0
Wilt Chamberlain, Phil., 1965-66… 33.5, 24.6, 5.2
Wilt Chamberlain, S.F., 1963-64… 36.9, 22.3, 5.0
Oscar Robertson, Cin., 1962-63… 28.3, 10.4, 9.5
Oscar Robertson, Cin.,
1961-62… 30.8, 12.5, 11.4
Oscar Robertson, Cin., 1960-61… 30.5, 10.1, 9.7
Elgin Baylor, L.A. Lakers, 1960-61… 34.8, 19.8, 5.1
It’s interesting to note that six of the nine players on this list are currently in the Hall of Fame, while the other three, Giannis, Cousins and Westbrook are still active.
Speaking of Westbrook, The Brodie, he had his third straight season with a triple-double in scoring, rebounds and assists. He finished the 2018-19 campaign averaging 22.9 points per games, 11.1 rebounds per game, and 10.7 assists per game. He is now tied with Oscar Robertson with the most triple-double seasons with three.
If we drop the numbers just a bit, The Joker, Denver’s Nikola Jokic, had a historic season. He finished this past season with 20.1 points per game, 10.8 rebounds per contest and 7.3 assists per game.
He became only the fourth NBA player in history to end the season with a 20-10-7 stat line. The others: Westbrook with three 20-10-7 seasons, Oscar Robertson also with three such seasons, and Wilt Chamberlain with two 20-10-7 seasons.
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