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There are a lot of statistics that are kept for the game of basketball. Statistics are a good way to tell how you are doing in a sport and what you are best at. They can also help to determine where you and your team need to improve.

Here are some common basketball statistics:


Of course scoring is one of the most important stats in the game. You need points to win. All the other statistics don't matter a lot, if they don't lead to points. Some scoring stats that are kept include individual games, points per game (ppg), and total career points.

PPG = Points per game
FG % = Field goal percentage (percent of shots taken that were made)
FT % = Free throw percentage (percent of free throws taken that were made)

In the NBA the most points scored in a game was 100 by Wilt Chamberlain, the highest points per game (ppg) average is a tie between Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan at 30.1 ppg, and the most career points scored was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with 38,387 points.


Assists are when a player makes a pass that leads directly to a basket. The official score keeper decides if the pass led directly to the basket, so there is some personal opinion involved in this stat.

APG = Assists per game

The all time leader in assists per game in the NBA is Magic Johnson with an 11.2 career APG average. John Stockton had the most career assists with 15,806.


A rebound is getting the ball after a missed shot. Size is important to being a good rebounder, but position and anticipation help as well.

RPG - Rebounds per game

The all time NBA leader for rebounds is Wilt Chamberlain with 22.9 rebounds per game. Wilt also gathered in the most career rebounds with 23,924 and had the most ever in a single game with 55.

Blocked Shots

A blocked shot is when you use your hand to deflect a shot away from the basket. Often the best shot blockers are tall, have long arms, and can jump quickly. Timing is also important to excel in blocking a shot.

BPG - Blocks per game

The all time NBA leader in blocks per game (bpg) was Mark Eaton who averaged 3.5 blocks per game for his career. The most blocks in a career was 3,830 by Hakeem Olajuwon and the most blocks in a single game was 17 by Elmore Smith.


Taking the ball from another player without fouling is called a steal. You can steal the ball off the dribble, knock it out of your opponent's hands, or intercept a pass.

SPG - Steals per game

The NBA all times leader in steals per game is Alvin Robertson with 2.71. John Stockton has the most career steals with 3,265.


A turnover is when you have the ball and then you lose possession. This could be because of a bad pass, losing the ball on the dribble, committing an offensive foul, or any number of other reasons. Turnovers are not a good stat to have on your scorecard.

The Triple Double

A triple double is when a player has double figures (10 or more) in three different statistics. Generally a triple double includes points, assists, and rebounds. Rarely someone will get a triple double with steals or blocks. A quadruple double is possible as well, although these are extremely rare.

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