Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Stacking LeBron's scoring streak vs. peers
By Tom Haberstroh
LeBron James accomplished another mind-boggling feat Tuesday. With a dunk in the first quarter, James became the fifth player in NBA history to score at least 10 points in 500 consecutive regular-season games.
In order to find the last time James failed to score in double digits, you’d have to flip the calendar all the way back to Jan. 5, 2007, when he scored only eight points at Milwaukee.
Yes, this streak dates back to even before Durant, Greg Oden and Derrick Rose stepped foot in the NBA. It has been that long.
Speaking of Durant, James might be hearing some footsteps. Durant has an active streak of 327 straight games of double-digit scoring, which is downright terrifying because that means Durant has been doing this for the majority of his NBA career.
Who else currently has an active streak going? Here’s the top five:
Yeah, Wade still has a ways to go before he catches his teammate. Crazy fact: If you aggregate the next four players behind James on the active streak list, it adds up to exactly 500 games.
Let’s frame this another way. What if we compared James’ last 500 games to his scoring peers?
Here’s an infographic that illustrates James’ past 500 scoring games next to Durant, Wade, Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony. And for fun, I threw in Chuck Hayes, the player with the fewest points who has played over 500 games and is still active.
(By the way, DeSagana Diop has only four double-digit scoring games in his past 500 games and he went for 10 points in each of those four games. Fortunately for him, he’s not on an active roster so he won’t be shamed here. Sorry, Chuck.)
James’ streak is more than just about scoring, however. One of James’ greatest attributes as an NBA player is his exceptional durability. If he starts a game, you can bet that he’ll finish it. The other top scorers shown here have suffered in-game injuries that knocked them out early. James? He has played at least 20 minutes in every game since the streak began except for one. And he scored 14 points in that game.
For those wondering, Bryant's longest streak is 211 games, which stretched from 2001-02 to 2004-05. Anthony? His longest run is 222 games from 2006-07 to 2008-09. And Wade? Try 148 games from 2008-09 to 2010-11. So James' longest streak is more than Anthony and Bryant’s combined.