- 10 players have managed to accumulate unbelievable statistics over their careers
- The GOAT debate could be shaped by this statistic
- The greatest players of all time do more than just score the ball
Certain players in NBA history stand out not just for their scoring prowess, but for their ability to impact every facet of the game. Points, rebounds, and assists are the fundamental building blocks of success in the NBA, and the players who excel in all three categories are a rare breed. In this article, we delve into the records and statistics to uncover the top 10 players with the most combined points, rebounds and assists in NBA history.
These are the individuals who not only lit up the scoreboard but also contributed significantly to their team’s overall performance. Join us on a journey through the careers of these basketball legends as we celebrate their extraordinary all-around skills and their enduring legacies on the hardwood.
While most of these superstars are legendary big men, others have changed the game in terms of being multi-faceted ball-handlers and go-to scorers. Here are the 10 players with the most combined points, rebounds, and assists in NBA history.
10. Moses Malone – 45,417 (Points + Rebounds + Assists)
Points – 27,409
Rebounds – 16,212
Assists – 1,796
Moses Malone, a towering figure in the world of basketball, secures the tenth spot on our list of players with the most combined points, rebounds, and assists in NBA history, amassing a staggering total of 45,417 over his illustrious career. His remarkable journey through the NBA is a testament to his incredible skill set and undeniable impact on the game.
In the scoring department, Malone was a force to be reckoned with, accumulating 27,409 points throughout his career. His ability to dominate in the low post, grab offensive rebounds, and finish plays in traffic (career 49.5% FG) made him a consistent scoring threat for any team fortunate enough to have him.
But Malone’s contributions extended far beyond scoring. He was a tenacious rebounder, pulling down an impressive 16,212 boards during his time in the league. His relentless pursuit of missed shots and knack for creating second-chance opportunities for his team were key components of his playing style.
Additionally, Malone showcased his unselfishness on the court with 1,796 assists, highlighting his ability to facilitate plays and involve his teammates. This willingness to share the ball added another dimension to his game, making him a versatile and complete player when dealing with double-teams down low.
9. Tim Duncan – 45,812 (Points + Rebounds + Assists)
Points – 26,496
Rebounds – 15,091
Assists – 4,225
Widely regarded as the greatest power forward of all time, Tim Duncan accumulated a total of 45,812 points, rebounds, and assists, further solidifying his status as one of the game’s all-time greats. In terms of scoring, Duncan was a formidable presence on the court, amassing 26,496 points throughout his career. Known for his smooth post moves with a backboard jumper, impeccable footwork, and ability to score in clutch moments, Duncan was a reliable source of offense for the San Antonio Spurs during his tenure with the team.
On the boards, Duncan was equally dominant, pulling down 15,091 rebounds. His knack for positioning, boxing out opponents, and securing crucial defensive rebounds made him a vital contributor to his team’s success, particularly on the defensive end of the floor. Throughout his career, the Spurs legend averaged 10.8 rebounds per game and made 15 All-Defensive Teams.
Duncan’s exceptional all-around game extended to his playmaking skills as well, as evidenced by his 4,225 career assists. As a power forward/center, he displayed an uncanny ability to read the game, make smart decisions with the ball, and set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.
No doubt, Tim Duncan’s career exemplified the values of consistency, teamwork, and versatility. His contributions on both ends of the court played a pivotal role in the San Antonio Spurs’ championship successes, and he remains a revered figure in the world of basketball with his five NBA championships.
8. Elvin Hayes – 45,990 (Points + Rebounds + Assists)
Points – 27,313
Rebounds – 16,279
Assists – 2,398
Eighth on our list of players with the most combined points, rebounds, and assists in NBA history is the legendary Elvin Hayes, a true icon of the game despite being very underrated and forgotten. Hayes’s remarkable career saw him accumulate an astounding total of 45,990 points, rebounds, and assists, cementing his status as one of the most well-rounded players in basketball history as a big man.
Hayes was a scoring machine throughout his career, racking up 27,313 points. His diverse offensive repertoire, which included a deadly mid-range jumper and a powerful inside game, made him a constant offensive threat for his teams. Over his career, the 6’9” post player averaged 21.0 points per game on 45.2% shooting from the field.
On the boards, Hayes was an absolute force, grabbing an impressive 16,279 rebounds. His ability to control the glass on both ends of the court played a pivotal role in his team’s success, as he consistently provided second-chance opportunities and limited opponents’ scoring opportunities. His 12.5 rebounds per game average ranks 14th all-time.
While Hayes was primarily known for his scoring and rebounding, he also displayed a deft passing touch, dishing out 2,398 assists over his career. Certainly playing 16 seasons in the NBA helped him generate enough assists to top up his total career stats as he only averaged 1.8 assists per game.
7. Kevin Garnett – 46,178 (Points + Rebounds + Assists)
Points – 26,071
Rebounds – 14,662
Assists – 5,445
Seventh on the list of players with the most combined points, rebounds, and assists in NBA history is the enigmatic and versatile Kevin Garnett. Over the course of his illustrious career, Garnett accumulated a grand total of 46,178 points, rebounds, and assists, and there is no surprise he had this much success over his 21-year career.
Scoring-wise, Garnett was a formidable presence, amassing 26,071 points during his time in the league. Known for his ability to score from various positions on the floor, he was not only a prolific scorer but also a reliable option in clutch situations. Despite not being a powerful player in terms of build, Garnett was lanky and adept from mid-range as he posted 17.8 points per game on 49.7% shooting over his career.
In the rebounding department, Garnett was a dominant force, pulling down 14,662 boards. His tenacity on the glass, combined with his height and athleticism, allowed him to excel in securing both offensive and defensive rebounds, ultimately providing valuable possessions for his teams. Hardly any player worked harder than The Big Ticket and he averaged 10.0 rebounds per game over his Hall of Fame career.
Finally, Garnett’s unique blend of skills extended to his playmaking abilities as well, as evidenced by his 5,445 career assists. His vision and basketball IQ enabled him to set up teammates effectively, contributing to team cohesion and offensive fluidity. His best seasons as a passer came in 2003 and 2005 when he averaged 6.0 and 5.7 assists per game, respectively.
6. Dirk Nowitzki – 46,700 (Points + Rebounds + Assists)
Points – 31,560
Rebounds – 11,489
Assists – 3,651
When it comes to scoring, few players in NBA history can rival Dirk Nowitzki. He amassed a staggering 31,560 points during his career, primarily as a result of his deadly jump shot and unmatched ability to score from virtually anywhere on the floor. His patented one-legged fadeaway became an iconic move in the league and a testament to his scoring prowess.
As a 7’0” big man, Dirk shot 47.1% from the field, 38.0% from three, and 87.9% from the foul line while averaging 20.7 points per game. Among all-time scorers, Nowitzki ranks sixth all-time behind LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, and Michael Jordan. Clearly, Dirk is a one-of-a-kind scorer.
Despite being a slender big man, Nowitzki was also a reliable presence on the boards, gathering 11,489 rebounds throughout his career. His understanding of positioning, timing, and the importance of securing rebounds for his team made him an invaluable asset in this aspect of the game, especially early on in his career. In addition to his scoring and rebounding, Nowitzki was a capable playmaker, contributing 3,651 assists during his tenure in the NBA.
Dirk Nowitzki’s legacy extends beyond his statistics; he was a true ambassador of the game, known for his humility, work ethic, and loyalty to the Dallas Mavericks, the team he called home for his entire 21-year career.
5. Kobe Bryant – 46,996 (Points + Rebounds + Assists)
Points – 33,643
Rebounds – 7,047
Assists – 6,306
In the fifth spot on our list of players with the most combined points, rebounds, and assists in NBA history is the late, great Kobe Bryant. Everybody knows that Kobe Bryant was a scoring sensation, amassing a jaw-dropping 33,643 points during his illustrious career. His unmatched scoring ability, highlighted by his two scoring titles and numerous record-breaking performances including an 81-point game, earned him a place among the all-time greats.
While Kobe wasn’t primarily known for his rebounding, he still contributed with 7,047 rebounds. His determination, athleticism, and basketball IQ allowed him to grab important boards, especially during crucial moments in games. Remember, the shooting guard amassed 15 rebounds in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals to help his team dominate the post.
In the playmaking department, Kobe demonstrated his versatility with 6,306 assists. He had the ability to create scoring opportunities for his teammates, showcasing his willingness to make the right play and contribute to his team’s success in various ways. While Bryant was often criticized for “not passing”, Bryant averaged 4.7 assists per game over his career and might have led the league in assists per game if he truly wanted to.
Kobe Bryant’s impact on the NBA transcends mere statistics. He was a fierce competitor, a leader, and a player who defined an era of basketball. His work ethic, relentless drive, and commitment to excellence left an indelible mark on the game and continue to inspire future generations of players.
4. Karl Malone – 57,144 (Points + Rebounds + Assists)
Points – 36,928
Rebounds – 14,968
Assists – 5,248
Scoring the ball was Karl Malone’s forte, as he accumulated an awe-inspiring 36,928 points during his remarkable career. His ability to dominate in the post, finish around the rim, and consistently score from mid-range made him a scoring machine. Malone’s scoring ability earned him numerous accolades, including being third on the all-time scoring list along with averaging 25.0 points per game on 51.6% from the field.
On the boards, Malone was an absolute force, pulling down 14,968 rebounds. His physicality, tenacity, and understanding of positioning allowed him to secure rebounds on both ends of the court, providing his team with crucial possessions and second-chance opportunities. Very few NBA players were larger than The Mailman as he was 6’9” and had 250 lbs of raw muscle. In addition to his scoring and rebounding, Malone showcased his playmaking skills with 5,248 assists.
Malone surely benefitted from John Stockton’s presence as a playmaker to rack up points, but he had no help in dominating the boards (career 10.1 rebounds per game) and also passing the ball when dealing with double-teams. While Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Garnett are mentioned a ton, Karl Malone has to be considered the second-greatest power forward ever in terms of skill, resume, and impact.
3. LeBron James – 59,739 (Points + Rebounds + Assists)
Points – 38,652
Rebounds – 10,667
Assists – 10,420
LeBron James has to be considered the greatest all-around player ever, even if there are two players ahead of him on the all-time combined points, rebounds, and assists list. For one, scoring has been a hallmark of LeBron James’s illustrious career. The King has amassed a staggering 38,652 points while passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in scoring last season. His scoring ability, versatility, and the sheer variety of ways in which he can put the ball in the basket have made him a true scoring force with a career average of 27.2 points per game on 50.5% from the field.
While not primarily known as a rebounder, LeBron has still contributed significantly with 10,667 rebounds. His athleticism, anticipation, and ability to secure crucial rebounds in tight situations have been essential for his teams, particularly on the defensive end. James might have averaged even more rebounds due to his size, but he had to focus on other parts of his game which meant his 7.5 rebounds per game average stands.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, LeBron James’s playmaking abilities are nothing short of extraordinary, with a remarkable 10,420 assists to his name. He possesses incredible court vision, passing accuracy, and a deep understanding of the game, allowing him to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities with remarkable consistency. We might not see a non-point guard pass like The King again, which is why he is so revered among the all-time greats.
2. Wilt Chamberlain – 59,986 (Points + Rebounds + Assists)
Points – 31,419
Rebounds – 23,924
Assists – 4,643
In the second position on our list of players with the most combined points, rebounds, and assists in NBA history is the iconic Wilt Chamberlain. Chamberlain’s impact on the game of basketball is legendary, and his remarkable career saw him accumulate an extraordinary total of 59,986 points, rebounds, and assists, further solidifying his status as one of the most dominant and versatile players in NBA history.
Scoring was Wilt Chamberlain’s main skill, as he amassed a remarkable 31,419 points during his illustrious career. His scoring ability was unrivaled, and he holds numerous scoring records, including the famous 100-point game. Chamberlain’s athleticism, size, and scoring prowess made him a true force on the offensive end of the court.
Chamberlain was also a dominant force on the boards, amassing an incredible 23,924 rebounds. His sheer size and athleticism allowed him to control the glass like few others, making him a crucial asset for his teams in securing possessions and limiting opponents’ second-chance opportunities. Is there any surprise Chamberlain averaged 22.9 rebounds per game over his career and once had a 55-rebound game?
While not primarily known for his playmaking, Chamberlain still contributed with 4,643 assists. His ability to pass the ball effectively and make plays for his teammates demonstrated his all-around skill set and willingness to contribute in various facets of the game. The center once averaged 8.6 assists per game for a season, so it is safe to say we will never see another Chamberlain again.
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 61,487 (Points + Rebounds + Assists)
Points – 38,387
Rebounds – 17,440
Assists – 5,660
At the pinnacle of our list of players with the most combined points, rebounds, and assists in NBA history stands none other than the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. No other player in history has managed at least 60,000 total points, rebounds, and assists and that includes longevity behemoth LeBron James.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring ability was nothing short of legendary, as he amassed a breathtaking 38,387 points during his remarkable career. His signature skyhook shot became one of the most iconic moves in basketball history, and he once held the record as the all-time leading scorer in the NBA. Kareem’s scoring consistency, versatility, and longevity set him apart as one of the greatest offensive players the game has ever seen.
In the rebounding department, Kareem was a dominant force, pulling down an incredible 17,440 boards. His combination of height, timing, and agility allowed him to control the glass on both ends of the court, providing his teams with crucial possessions and limiting opponents’ scoring opportunities.
Abdul-Jabbar’s playmaking skills added another dimension to his game, as he contributed 5,660 assists throughout his career. His ability to pass the ball effectively from the center position showcased his versatility and willingness to make plays for his teammates. There is a reason why Kareem is considered the greatest center of all time and his longevity (20 seasons), skill, and all-around impact changed the game for good.