If you followed the NBA last season, you saw dozens of records fall — good ones and bad, old and new. The league, teams and it’s players shattered records left and right. From the start until the very end an insane number of records, held by some of the more legendary players in league history, were broken.
From three-pointers to triple-doubles to attendance, the league set a high standard of excellence last year. Few records will stand for decades, many will be broken again. From the ones you probably know to the more surprising ones, here’s a list of records set during 2017-18 season.
Russell Westbrook became the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double in multiple seasons, and the only player in league history to record a triple-double against every team he has faced.
LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to capture 10 consecutive division titles (from 2009 – 2018). The previous record was a four-way tie: 9 seasons (Michael Cooper from 1982 to 1990, Magic Johnson from 1982 to 1990, Tom Heinsohn from 1957 to 1965, and Bill Russell from 1957 to 1965).
Stephen Curry reached 200 three-point field goal in a season for the sixth time, the most such seasons for any player. Curry entered the 2017-18 tied with Ray Allen in that category.
Donovan Mitchell set an NBA rookie record for 3-pointers (187), breaking Damian Lillard’s record for a first-year player (185). Mitchell also became the quickest rookie to hit 150 threes (in just 63 games). The previous record was also held by Lillard who did it in 68 games.
Lauri Markkanen became the quickest to reach 100th career 3-pointer (in his 41st career game). Damian Lillard was the fastest to 100 3’s (44 games). Markkanen also became the first player in NBA history to make 10 3-pointers in his first three career games (previous record – 9 by Jason Williams in 1998-99).
Markelle Fultz became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double (19 years, 317 days). Fultz broke the previous record (set by Lonzo Ball – 20 years and 15 days) on the final day of the NBA season (13 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds).
LeBron James scored at least 10 points in 873 straight regular-season games, passing Michael Jordan (866) for the longest streak in NBA history. The last time James didn’t score in double-figures in a regular season game was January 5, 2007 (he had 8).
Russell Westbrook (3001) passed Isiah Thomas (2944) and holds the record for most turnovers through first 10 seasons in the league. Westbrook became the first player ever to reach 3000 turnovers before turning 30.
Wayne Ellington made 227 three-pointers and just 58 two-pointers, which is the highest differential in NBA history. Ellington also set an NBA single-season record for most 3-pointers off the bench (broke Eric Gordon record – 206 – set in 2016-17, and the Heat franchise record for threes made in a single season previously held by Damon Jones (225 in 2004-05).
Rajon Rondo set a Pelicans franchise record with a career-high 25 assists (in just 30 minutes on the court). He became the 12th different player to do it in league history. Rondo’s 30 minutes are the fewest for a player with 25 assists in NBA history.
LeBron James became the first player with 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds, and 8,000 assists in his career.
Nicola Jokic recorded the quickest triple-double in league history, he did it in 14 minutes. The previous record – 17 minutes was set in 1955 by Jim Tucker.
Manu Ginobili became the only player in NBA history with multiple 20-point games off the bench at age 40 or older.
During NBA playoffs Donovan Mitchell had a usage rate of 32 percent, the highest mark for a rookie in the playoffs (minimum 100 minutes played) in the 22 years for which we have usage rate data.
Stephen Curry set an NBA Finals single-game record for most 3-pointers (9). Ray Allen set the previous record when he made eight 3-pointers in Game 2 of the 2010 Finals between Boston and Los Angeles.
In his 15th season, LeBron James led the NBA with 36.9 minutes per game. James became the most experienced player to lead the league in minutes per game for a season. No other player has led the league in minutes per game beyond his 12th season. Allen Iverson averaged an NBA-high 41.8 minutes per game in his 12th season (2007-08).
Individual, Never-Been-Done-Before Stat Lines:
James Harden became the first player in league history to score 60 points as part of a triple-double (also had 11 assists and 10 rebounds) and set Houston’s single-game scoring record (previous record, 57 by Calvin Murphy set in 1978).
LeBron James is the first player with 35 points, 15 assists and no turnovers in a game since turnovers were first tracked in 1977-78, regular season or playoffs.
Brook Lopez became the first starting center in NBA history with 25+ points and zero rebounds in a game.
Clint Capela scored 23 points and grabbed 25 rebounds in 28 minutes and 41 seconds of action. It was the least playing time for any NBA player who finished a game with 20+ points and 25+ rebounds since the league began recording playing time in the early 50s. The previous record: 29 minutes, 46 seconds by Kenneth Faried (26p/25r) in 2014.
Anthony Davis became the first player with at least 40 points, 15 rebounds, five steals and five blocks in the same game since the NBA began tracking steals and blocked shots in 1973-74.
Joel Embiid became the first player with 46 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and seven blocks in a game since blocks became an official stat in 1973-74.
Chris Paul became the first player in playoff history to have at least 40 points and 10 assists without a turnover since turnovers became an official stat in 1977-78.
For the first time in NBA history, five teams recorded winning streaks of more than 10 games prior to the All-Star break (Boston Celtics – 16, Houston Rockets – 14, Cleveland Cavaliers – 13, Golden State Warriors – 11, and Utah Jazz – 11). The most prior to this season was four in 2010-11 (Celtics, Mavericks, Heat, and Spurs).
On the final day of the season, Markelle Fultz became the 31st different player to produce a triple-double, a new record. The previous record of 26 players, was originally set in the 1988-89 season and then tied in 2010-11, 2012-13 and 2013-14.
Teams recorded most defensive rebounds per game (33.8) since rebounds started being tracked in 1973-74, and at the same time, the fewest offensive rebounds in NBA history 9.7 per game (for the first time it is lower than 10)
For the sixth consecutive season, NBA teams have combined to set a league-wide 3-point record, 25,807 (previous record 23,748). Also for the sixth consecutive season, NBA teams set a league-wide in most three-pointers made and attempted: 10.5 and 29.0 per game (The previous record, set in 2017-18, 9.7 made threes and 27.0 attempted threes).
For the first time in NBA history, four players produced 10+ triple-doubles (Russell Westbrook – 25 triple-doubles, LeBron James – 18, Ben Simmons – 12, and Nikola Jokić – 10).
For the fourth consecutive season, the league established a new record for total attendance, surpassing the 22 million mark for the first time, with 22,124,559 fans attending games. Additionally (for the fourth consecutive season), the NBA established a new regular-season record for average attendance (17,987).
The 2017-18 regular season also set a new sellout record (741), exceeding the previous mark (723) which was achieved during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.
For the first time since the inauguration of the BAA, there would be no coaching changes going from the previous season to entering the regular season. In fact, the 536 days from Dave Joerger being fired as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies to the day the Phoenix Suns fired Earl Watson as head coach would be the longest period in NBA history without any coaching changes occur. Watson only made it one week into the season (3 games), the earliest any head coaching.
….last but not least Team Records:
Phoenix Suns made a three-point field goal for the 1,109th consecutive game (Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer), surpassing the Mavericks record of 1,108 between 1999-2012 for the longest streak in NBA history.
Houston Rockets attempted 3,470 three-pointers while taking just 3,436 two-point attempts, and became the first team in NBA history to take more than half of its shots from 3-point range. Rockets also set an NBA record with 1,256 3-pointers (breaking the mark they set last season).
Rockets (57) and Chicago Bulls (37) set a record for most combined three-point attempts in a game (94).
Suns became the first team in a 30-team league to finish last in both offensive and defensive efficiency in an 82-game season.
Statistics used courtesy of NBA/Stats, ESPN Stats & Info, and Basketball-Reference.