Oftentimes, it is the players who have an all-around skillset that are the most valuable players in the league. The players who are able to score the ball, but also create for their teammates. They can attack a defense from multiple angles, making it hard to nullify their impact. The best passers don’t necessarily have to be the best scorers and vice versa, but the players who have both are often in the top echelon of the NBA superstars.
For players in the mold mentioned above, there are games where they are simply unstoppable, as they can do everything on a high level. Recently, StatMuse posted a graphic of the only players who have gotten 30 points, 15 assists, and 0 turnovers in a game since 1985. Turnovers are usually a natural part of the game, but there are games where players hit another level, and simply do not make mistakes.
Players with 30+ points, 15+ assists, 0 turnovers in a game since 1985:
– LeBron James
– Chris Paul
– John Stockton
– James Harden tonight
He’s the only player to also record a triple-double in the game. pic.twitter.com/CH4C6iU8dm
— StatMuse (@statmuse) March 2, 2021
The statistics highlight James Harden’s triple-double against the San Antonio Spurs, where he put up 30 points, 15 assists, and 14 rebounds, all while getting no turnovers. The 30 points and 15 assists without turnovers put James Harden in elite company, with one past Hall of Famer and two locks in the future. This specific stat line shows an ability to simply carry an offense, and do everything required in order to win.
All of these players are legendary players who have shown their status as some of the best. This statistic highlights how dominant these players could truly be, and how sometimes, there is no stopping a player on a given night.