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NBA All-Time Leaders Quiz
Name the NBA's all-time leaders in scoring, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals.
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April 28, 2012
April 11, 2019
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May 1, 2012
I'm not really an NBA fan, but I've always been a sports fan in general and have always known the "big names" of the day, at least for the last 25 years or so. That said, I was completely shocked that Larry Bird didn't end up in the top 15 of any category at the end of his career.
Apr 13, 2013
Or Charles Barkley. Or Elgin Baylor. Says something about the danger of relying too much on statistics, which recognize Mookie Blaylock and Shawn Bradley, over performance.
Apr 21, 2014
That's really not an accurate statement at all. Statistics accurately portray a number of things. Mookie Blaylock was, by far, a better defender than Larry Bird -- without question. Just because Larry Bird was a better all-around player and a legend, doesn't mean that the statistics are misleading. I'm not taking anything away from Bird. He was certainly one of the all-time greats, but, as far as steals go, Blaylock was, for his time, second only to Gary Payton for defensive point guards. .. Same thing goes for Bradley, he was one of the top shot blockers in his day. ... Bird wasn't an on-the-ball defender, nor was he a shot blocker. Faulting statistics for Bird not being on the list is like saying that baseball's ERA is misleading because Willie Mays isn't in the Top 15 of any major pitching stat.
May 9, 2016
Charles Barkley played 16 seasons in the NBA. I'd say that longevity wasn't the issue.
Apr 15, 2017
All of these statements are correct. Statistics are an accurate tool for evaluating skill level, but they also neglect a lot of intangible qualities that make the all-time greats great. Bird would probably be considered a top-10 all-time caliber star, but the fact that he does not make it into any category is amazing. He was a great scorer, but he was on teams that had so much talent, he didn't need to score 30 points per game. If the 3-point line were where it is now, he probably would be considerably higher in career points, but he still might not be on the list. That being said, Bird is an all-time great because he was clutch, and he was smart enough to know what his team needed him to do to win, and he made all of his teammates better every day. He was also smart enough to get out when he felt his talent wasn't up to his standards, and ended his career at a younger age than most of the guys on this list.
Apr 16, 2017
The 3-point line is in the same spot today as it was when Bird was playing. Bird's main reason for not appearing on these lists is the short length of his career. Per game, he posted an incredible 24.8/10/6.3 stat line with 1.7 steals to boot.
Aug 20, 2018
Bird retired because of lower back issues, not because he planned to do so. He had a disk replaced, otherwise he would have retired some years earlier.
Oct 5, 2015
me too the NBA wouldn't be the same without larry bird
Mar 7, 2013
got 31 yeah, stockton and malone alone gave me 4.
Mar 16, 2013
Julius Erving scored 30,026 points and is not on this list. this needs to be upgraded
Apr 18, 2013
No it doesn't. ABA stats don't count.
Jun 14, 2013
I forget Barkley on EVERY NBA quiz that I do...the one time i actually remember to try him...he's not on there.
Jul 11, 2017
over 4 years later...apparently I still feel the same way.
Jun 28, 2013
51/52 Forgot Blaylock
Apr 1, 2014
Ha! Threw in Bol for a laugh as time was running out for an undeserved point.
Apr 20, 2014
I'm somewhat surprised far fewer people got Moses Malone than Karl Malone. Why didn't they just type "Malone?' Also surprised about Alvin vs. Oscar Robertson--fewer people got the latter, but he's the one I was aiming for when I typed "Robertson." I used to be into basketball--not so much now, but Oscar Robertson is a legend.
Apr 20, 2014
more people got karl malone than they did jordan? would have thought that jordan would have been the most guessed...someone that has no clue about basketball, still knows jordan
Apr 18, 2015
I read an article once trying to make the case that Karl Malone was the greatest basketball player of all time over Jordan. But I'm pretty sure the author of said article is the only person who ever thought that.
Sep 23, 2018
I doubt even Karl Malone thinks that.
Nov 26, 2014
100% with 0:34 to go.
Dec 6, 2014
Update for Dirk passing Olajuwon on scoring. Oh, wait a little bit for Kobe to pass Jordan too. He's within 100 points.
Jan 28, 2015
Update Kobe passing Jordan
Feb 13, 2015
Surprising the best rebounder of all time isn't on here. Had a hard time with the blockers... the ones I got happened to be rebounders (bigger names).
Apr 18, 2015
Who's the best? I was surprised Dennis Rodman didn't make it. If you look at the number of rebounds players have had divided by the number of minutes they have been on the court, Rodman is #5. But #1 is Bill Russell, who is 2nd on the above list. Russell made over 1 rebound for every two minutes that he spent playing. The only guy to even come close to that was Chamberlain, and he also shows up on the above list. So who do you think is the best?
Jul 29, 2015
Rodman was a tenacious rebounder for sure. I can only assume that's who shplody was referring to.
Sep 23, 2018
I wonder how many more rebounds Rodman would have gotten if he didn't get suspended, fouled out, or otherwise kicked out of games so much.
Feb 19, 2015
Why isn't Bird on here?
Sep 23, 2018
Presumably because he wasn't high enough in any one of those statistics to make the list.
May 25, 2015
Kind of hard to believe that so many people forgot all of these all time greats.
Jun 4, 2015
Unless, like me, they don't watch basketball and only got this quiz by clicking on Random Quiz. I typed the only names I remembered hearing from news broadcasts and then just typed random common names which gave me a total score of 14. (Those random names gave me Harper, Bradley, Williams, Jackson, Miller, Thomas, and two Robertsons.)
May 12, 2016
Still surprised that Pistol Pete didn't make the list, though. He is one I remember. Hubby says Maravich's bad knees may have cut his career too short to make the list.
Nov 14, 2015
duncan is now 7th n rebounds
Nov 14, 2015
chris paul is now 15th all time assist
Dec 22, 2015
Makes me kind of happy that LeBron isn't in any of these! It also seemed funny how each player's personality seems to have an impact on their category - like Duncan, Nash, and Johnson, 3 of the most widely-considered "nice" guys in the NBA to be assist leaders. :)
Jul 22, 2016
First of all, LeBron is the 3rd greatest player of all time. Hes 2 rings away from #1 all-time. Right now he is 11th All-Time in scoring. He is on track to become #1 all time. Right now he is also 18th All-Time assists. He is on track to become at least 10th all time. He is also 24th in steals. He is on track to become top 15 in those also.
May 8, 2016
Tagline says "Can you the..." missing a "name"
Jul 22, 2016
At the start of next season you will have to swap out Havlicek because Paul Pierce is only 79 points away from him, he will probably move up to at least 11th scoring all-time this year, thats only 600 points away.
Oct 1, 2016
Elvin Hayes was the hardest
Nov 6, 2016
Lebron James passed Hakeem Olajuwon a few days ago
Nov 7, 2016
Cool. Will update at the end of this season.
Jan 7, 2017
Apr 8, 2017
Please update that list, those stats are from 2 years ago at least
Apr 13, 2017
We update this quiz at the end of every season. It is now current.
Sep 7, 2017
The description needs to be updated to be accurate.
May 17, 2017
The most avid NBA fans among you should take my
NBA Stats Leaders by Year
Apr 14, 2018
Please don't give Oscar Robertson when we type in "Robinson". Or, if you insist on that, give us Alvin Robertson too.
Apr 16, 2018
Seconded. The same thing bothered me with counting Schmidt when we typed in Smith on baseball quizzes, but at least there, it's not *not* counting some other Schmidt. And I think you recently rectified that situation to boot.
Apr 17, 2018
Okay, this has been changed.
Jul 23, 2018
I cannot believe Rodman is not on the all-time rebounds list.
Mar 7, 2019
LeBron just passed Jordan in points scored
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