From Dirk to Durant: Five NBA milestones to watch

Here are five milestones to keep an eye out for in the final weeks of the NBA season.

Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Dirk Nowitzki   -  (Getty Images)

LeBron James passed Michael Jordan for fourth on the all-time scoring list on Wednesday. While that feat is nothing to scoff at, here are five milestones to keep an eye out for in the final weeks of the NBA season:

 

Kevin Durant — Career 30-point games

Durant’s next game with 30 or more points will be his 300th. He would be the 14th NBA player to reach the milestone and the fifth-youngest player to hit the mark if he does it within the next three weeks (which seems likely).

RankPlayer30-point games
1Michael Jordan562
2Wilt Chamberlain515
3LeBron James442
4Karl Malone435
5Kobe Bryant431
6Kareem Abdul-Jabbar429
7Oscar Robertson387
8Jerry West350
9Dominique Wilkins346
10Allen Iverson345
11Elgin Baylor343
12Adrian Dantley314
13Shaquille O'Neal313
14Kevin Durant299
15George Gervin297

Dirk Nowitzki — Career points

Nowitzki (31,364) needs 56 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain for the fifth-most all time and one more game played to pass John Stockton for the third-most all time.

The German seven-footer will pass Stockton if he takes the floor on Friday, March 8 against the Bulls. If he continues his scoring pace of 5.4 points per game, Nowitzki should pass Chamberlain on the scoring list on Thursday, March 28 on the road against the Heat.

RankPlayerPTS
1.Kareem Abdul-Jabbar38,387
2.Karl Malone36,928
3.Kobe Bryant33,643
4.LeBron James32,311
5.Michael Jordan32,292
6.Wilt Chamberlain31,419
7.Dirk Nowitzki31,364

Chris Paul — Career assists

Paul (9,050) needs only 12 assists to pass Isiah Thomas for the seventh most all time. He’s averaging 8.3 per game, so expect him to move past Thomas on Sunday, March 10 on the road against the Mavericks — that is if he does not have a vintage performance on Friday, March 8 at home against the 76ers.

RankPlayerAST
1.John Stockton15,806
2.Jason Kidd12,091
3.Steve Nash10,335
4.Mark Jackson10,334
5.Magic Johnson10,141
6.Oscar Robertson9,887
7.Isiah Thomas9,061
8.Chris Paul9,050
9.Gary Payton8,966
10.LeBron James8,584

James Harden — Career triple-doubles

Harden (41) needs three triple-doubles to pass Fat Lever for the eighth most in league history.

However, Harden will never pass Lever for the best name in NBA history.

Larry Bird would be Harden’s next target at 59 career triple-doubles.

Russell Westbrook — Career triple-doubles

Westbrook (129) needs 10 more triple-doubles to pass Magic Johnson for the second most in league history.

Oklahoma City has 18 games left in the regular season, but let’s remember what Westbrook has accomplished since the beginning of the 2016-17 season. He's made Johnson’s number reachable this season and Oscar Robertson’s league record of 181 firmly in play next season.

RankPlayer# Times
1Oscar Robertson181
2Magic Johnson138
3Russell Westbrook129
4Jason Kidd107
5LeBron James79
6Wilt Chamberlain78
7Larry Bird59
8Fat Lever43
9James Harden41
10Bob Cousy33

 

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