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The NBA has 400+ players on their rosters. That means just the best players on earth are able to stay in the league for a very long time but even fewer of them can make an impact that truly stands out from the rest of the league. That’s just how big the gap between the NBA and the rest of the world is.

Needless to say, leading the league on any category is incredibly difficult, so let’s not even get into doing it multiple times. Not so many players can brag about being among the league’s leaders in a category year after year, let alone leading the way.

Throughout the course of history, however, some players have stayed at the summit of a stat throughout the most of their careers. That’s why today, we’re going to honor them by talking about the players who have led the league in each category the most times:

 

Turnovers: James Harden – 5 Seasons

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James Harden holds plenty of impressive marks thus far but I’m pretty sure that this is the one he’s least proud of. Harden is a ball-dominant player on an up-tempo offense so he’s prone to turning the ball over at times but he’s taken it to a whole new level.

Harden even posted the record for most turnovers on a season (464) and the highest turnover-per-game average (5.7). He’s one of the most unstoppable players in the world but tends to be careless at times. He should try and take better care of the ball.

Lead the league in turnovers:

2012-13 Season: 3.8 TO

2014-15 Season: 4.0 TO

2015-16 Season: 4.6 TO

2016-17 Season: 5.7 TO

2018-19 Season: 5.0 TO

 

Steals: Chris Paul – 6 Seasons

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Chris Paul is one of the greatest point guards to ever live. Not only he’s an old-school kind of player that reminds us of guys like Gary Payton, Isiah Thomas, or John Stockton in terms of being a pass-first kind of point guard but also in the defensive end of the floor.

Chris is a hound. He’s always trying to pick your pocket and will dive for the ball every time he’s got the chance to do it. If you blink or think your move for a second, Paul is going to take the rock right away from you. He’s the best two-way guard of his generation.

Lead the league in steals:

2007-08 Season: 2.7 SPG

2008-09 Season: 2.8 SPG

2010-11 Season: 2.4 SPG

2011-12 Season: 2.5 SPG

2012-13 Season: 2.4 SPG

2013-14 Season: 2.5 SPG

 

Blocks: Mark Eaton – 4 Seasons

Not many people bring Mark Eaton’s name up in the greatest defenders ever conversation and even if that’s for a reason, he should at least be mentioned as one of the best rim protectors of all time. In fact, he holds two impressive shot-blocking relate records.

Eaton set the league’s record for the highest blocks per game average (5.6) while also imposing a mark for the most blocks on a season (456). He retired with a career average of 3.5 blocks per game, which is also the highest BPG average in league history.

Lead the league in blocks:

1983-84 Season: 4.3 BPG

1984-85 Season: 5.6 BPG

1986-87 Season: 4.1 BPG

1987-88 Season: 3.7 BPG

 

Assists: John Stockton – 9 Seasons

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Most people talk about Magic Johnson as the greatest point guard of all time. Well, then John Stockton must be 1B. He averaged double-digits in assists in 10 of his 8 seasons in the NBA and never averaged fewer than 5.1, which came in his rookie season when he averaged just 18.2 minutes per game.

Stockton was the ultimate playmaker. He pulled the strings of a slow-paced offense with ease while also taking great care of the ball, as he averaged 2.8 turnovers per game throughout his career. He holds the record for the highest assists-per-game average (14.5), most assists of all time (1,164), and most steals ever (3,265).

Lead the league in assists:

1987-88 Season: 13.8 APG

1988-89 Season: 13.6 APG

1989-90 Season: 14.5 APG

1990-91 Season: 14.2 APG

1991-92 Season: 13.7 APG

1992-93 Season: 12.0 APG

1993-94 Season: 12.6 APG

1994-95 Season: 12.3 APG

1995-96 Season: 11.2 APG

 

Rebounds: Wilt Chamberlain – 11 Seasons

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Wilt Chamberlain is arguably the most athletic player of all time. Moreover, he’s by far the most dominant on-court performer of his time, even if that didn’t always translate into team success. Up to this day, he still holds most of the rebounding records.

Wilt ‘The Stilt’ never averaged fewer than 18.2 rebounds per game over one season. He led the league in boards in 11 of the 14 seasons he was on the league and has the highest rebounds-per-game average of all time at 22.9. Also, he has the record for the most rebounds (55) in one game.

Lead the league in rebounds:

1959-60 Season: 27.0 RPG

1960-61 Season: 27.2 RPG

1961-62 Season: 25.7 RPG

1962-63 Season: 24.3 RPG

1965-66 Season: 24.6 RPG

1966-67 Season: 24.2 RPG

1967-68 Season: 23.8 RPG

1968-69 Season: 21.1 RPG

1970-71 Season: 18.2 RPG

1971-72 Season: 19.2 RPG

1972-73 Season: 18.6 RPG

 

Points: Michael Jordan – 10 Seasons

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Michael Jordan is the most dominant scorer – and player – of all time. He led the league in scoring 7 straight times before his first retirement, came back for a handful of games, and then picked up things right where he let them by winning 3 more scoring titles.

Jordan was just unstoppable. No one will ever come close to his 10 Scoring title marks, let alone his career average of 30.15 points per game. That’s while averaging just 0.5 three-pointers per game one slower-paced offense. That’s just one of many reasons why he’s the GOAT.

Lead the league in points:

1986-97 Season: 37.1 PPG

1987-88 Season: 35.0 PPG

1988-89 Season: 32.5 PPG

1989-90 Season: 33.6 PPG

1990-91 Season: 31.5 PPG

1991-92 Season: 30.1 PPG

1992-93 Season: 32.6 PPG

1995-96 Season: 30.4 PPG

1996-97 Season: 29.6 PPG

1997-98 Season: 28.7 PPG

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