Can You Identify These Single-Season NBA Record-Holders?

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Despite there only being 82 games in an NBA season, this player set a record by playing in 88 games. Who is he?

Walt Bellamy was traded in the middle of the 1968-69 season from the Knicks to the Pistons. Since the teams had offset schedules, Bellamy was able to play in more games than he would have otherwise.

Drafted in 1968, who played the most minutes their rookie season?

Drafted out of Houston, Elvin Hayes was taken with the first pick in the 1968 NBA draft. Hayes went on to be named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1969.

A dominant center during the '60s and '70s, who holds the NBA record for points per game in a season?

While playing for the Philadelphia Warriors, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a game against the Knicks in 1962. It's the most points ever scored in a single game.

Entering the league in 1981, who set the NBA record for field goal percentage in a rookie season?

Steve Johnson switched between the center and power forward positions throughout his NBA career. He was never a great rebounder, and his teams often suffered because of it.

While playing for the Jazz in 2009-10, who set the NBA single-season record for three-point percentage?

Kyle Korver joined the Cavaliers in the middle of the 2016-17 season. He helped the team reach two NBA Finals, but the Cavs lost both times to the Golden State Warriors.

Shooting 47% from the three-point range, who set the three-point percentage record for a rookie?

Anthony Morrow shot 42% from three-point range throughout his NBA regular season career. However, that dropped to 37% in the playoffs.

Coming off an NBA championship, who set the record for most three-pointers made in a season?

Stephen Curry won his first NBA MVP in 2015 on his way to an NBA championship. He won the MVP again the next season but lost in the NBA Finals to the Cavaliers.

Shooting 550 three-pointers, who shot the most three-point shots their rookie season?

Donovan Mitchell led the Utah Jazz to the playoffs his rookie season. His play lifted a Jazz team that had just lost their star player, Gordon Hayward, in the offseason.

A point guard out of Spain, who set the single-season record for free throw percentage?

Jose Calderon played for Spain in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympics. He won silver medals in his first two Olympic appearances and bronze in the 2016 Olympics.

Once the leader of the Lakers, who shot the most free throws in a season?

Jerry West won the 1969 NBA Finals MVP despite losing to the Celtics. He's the only NBA player to win the MVP in a losing effort.

Setting the record multiple times, who has the single-season record for rebounds?

Wilt Chamberlain consistently averaged over 20 rebounds per game throughout his career. Even in his final season, Chamberlain pulled down over 18 rebounds per game.

Which NBA star grabbed a record 587 offensive rebounds in a single season?

In the middle of his prime and looking for an NBA title, Moses Malone joined Julius Erving on the 76ers in 1982. They won the title together, and Malone was named the Finals MVP.

Drafted out of Houston, who set the single-season offensive rebound record for a rookie?

Hakeem Olajuwon was a Nigerian-born NBA player. In college, he was recruited by several teams but decided to join the Houston Cougars because of the warm weather in Texas.

In the middle of his 20-year career, who set the NBA record for defensive​ rebounds in a season?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won six NBA MVPs throughout his career in the NBA. No other player has won more than five.

Playing beside Karl Malone, who set the single-season record for assists?

John Stockton reached the NBA Finals twice with the Utah Jazz in the late '90s. However, he lost both matchups to the Chicago Bulls, who were led by Michael Jordan.

A tough defender, this player had the most personal fouls in a season. Who is it?

Darryl Dawkins was well-known for his dunking ability. In 1979, he twice shattered NBA backboards, which is one of the reasons the NBA went to breakaway rims.

Which rookie racked up a record 372 personal fouls in a season?

Steve Johnson played only 12 seasons in the NBA. During those 12 years, he made the playoffs four times but never made it out of the first round.

With some of the quickest reflexes ever seen in the NBA, this player had the most steals in a season. Who is he?

Alvin Robertson was selected with the seventh pick in the 1984 NBA draft. He was drafted behind future legends like Charles Barkley, Akeem Olajuwon, and Michael Jordan.

No one could get a ball over this NBA defender. Who holds the record for the most blocks in a season?

Mark Eaton stood at 7 ft 4 in during his NBA career. His height made him a lethal defender who opposing teams struggled to score against.

Known for his overly aggressive nature, who set the single-season record for turnovers?

James Harden was named the NBA MVP in 2018. That season, he led the Houston Rockets to the Western Conference Finals, but they lost in seven games to the Golden State Warriors.

Which Lakers' player holds the single-season record for points scored by a Laker?

Kobe Bryant finished his NBA career at the end of the 2016 season. In his final NBA game, Bryant put up 60 points at the age of 37.

An 11-time NBA champion, who holds the Celtics' record for rebounds in a season?

In 1966, Bill Russell was hired on as a player-coach for the Celtics. With his hire, he became the first African-American coach in the league.

An undersized guard who had to make it up with his quickness, this NBA player holds the 76ers' record for most steals in a season. Who is he?

A four-time NBA scoring champion, Allen Iverson knew how to put the ball in the hoop. Throughout his playoff career, Iverson averaged over 29 points per game.

Known for his fierce rivalry with Reggie Miller, this Knicks' player set a single-season franchise record for most three-pointers made in a season. Who is he?

John Starks is most well-known for a play referred to as "The Dunk." The play occurred in the 1993 NBA Eastern Conference Finals, where Starks dunked over Bulls power forward Horace Grant.

A dominant force under the basket, this player set the single-season record for defensive rebounds by a rookie. Who is he?

Shaquille O'Neal has had as successful a career off the court as on the court. The former center has been an actor, philanthropist, and even a sheriff's deputy.

A future NBA coach, this player came into the league his rookie season and racked up a record 868 assists. Who is he?

Mark Jackson coached the Golden State Warriors from 2011 until 2014. A year after he was let go, the Warriors won the NBA championship.

This balanced star was the first player to average a triple-double in a season. Who is he?

Nicknamed "The Big O," Oscar Robertson was the NBA assists leader six times during his career. He was named the NBA MVP in 1964.

A four-time NBA scoring champion, this player holds the Thunders' single-season record for points. Who is he?

Unable to win a title, Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors. Durant was criticized for the decision because he was joining a team that had won the NBA title two years prior.

Although injuries would eventually slow him down, who set the Trail Blazers' single-season record for blocks?

Bill Walton played college basketball at UCLA from 1971 until 1974. Walton was taken with the first pick in the 1974 NBA draft.

Who attempted the most three-pointers in a season for the Milwaukee Bucks?

Ray Allen was never able to win an NBA title with the Milwaukee Bucks. However, he did win titles with both the Boston Celtics in 2008 and the Miami Heat in 2013.

Holding the Pistons' single-season record for steals, which former star is this?

Isiah Thomas was left off of the 1992 men's Olympic basketball team that became known as "The Dream Team." It's widely believed that Michael Jordan played a part in keeping Thomas off of the team because of a feud between the two legends.

Although he's regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time, who set the Bulls' record for missed field goals in a season?

Michael Jordan was a six-time NBA champion and five-time NBA MVP. The only thing that slowed Jordan down was his decision to leave the NBA for two seasons during his prime when he tried his hand at baseball.

A 7 ft, 7 in giant, this player holds the record for blocks in a rookie season. Who is he?

Manute Bol was a Sudanese player who entered the league in 1985. Bol was dominant on defense, but he never pulled together an offensive game, averaging only 2.6 points per game during the regular season.

Which former Cavaliers' player set the single-season record for free throw attempts in the 2005-06 season?

Lebron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010 to join the Miami Heat. After winning two titles in Miami, Lebron returned to Cleveland and helped his home state win a championship in 2016.

Drafted in 2005, this player set the Golden State Warriors' record for defensive rebounds in a season. Who is he?

David Lee was a two-time NBA All-Star with the Golden State Warriors. Lee left the team after winning an NBA title in 2015.

An All-Star caliber point guard, who holds the Suns' single-season record for free throw percentage?

Steve Nash won back to back NBA MVPs in 2005 and 2006. Many critics believe those awards should have gone to Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant respectively.

In the 2007-08 season, this player set the Magic's single-season record for defensive rebounds. Who is he?

Dwight Howard watched the NBA change right in front of him. Before he came along, the NBA was all about the center position. However, that changed as three-pointers became more popular around the league.

Struggling his first year in the league, this player turned the ball over a record 345 times his rookie season. Who is he?

Ron Harper was an important role player on the Bulls in the late '90s and the Lakers in the early '00s. He won five NBA championships between the two teams.

Nicknamed "The Admiral," who holds the Spurs' single-season record for blocks per game?

Alongside Tim Duncan, David Robinson was part of one of the best front courts in NBA history. Known as the "Twin Towers," they won two NBA titles together.

One of the greatest foreign players to hit the NBA, this player holds the Mavericks' single-season record for free throws. Who is he?

Dirk Nowitzki went on a tear in the 2011 NBA Playoffs, as he put up spectacular performance after performance. In Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, Nowitzki even set a​ playoff record by hitting 24 straight free throws.

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About This Quiz

When it's nearing the end of the regular season in the NBA and an NBA star is on the verge of breaking a single-season record, are you rooting for them to make the record books or are you sticking with the traditional holders? Do you even know who the single-season record holders are in the NBA? Here's a quiz where you can find out!

There is certainly something special about watching an athlete go after a record as they try to seed themselves in the history of their sport. Whether they end up actually breaking the record or not, it's the ride that makes the entire experience fun for both fans and players. Some fans are rooting for old records to be smashed, while other fans are praying their favorite retired player will remain at the top of the list. 

Are you an expert on the records in the NBA, particularly the single-season records held by some of the greatest superstars to ever take the court? Are you ready to test that knowledge and see if some of those records you remember being broken years ago still hold up? 

If you're up for the challenge, see if you can set your own personal record by acing this quiz!

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