It is estimated that a little over 4,734 players have participated in at least one NBA game. The list we have compiled today consists of just 20 men who have averaged 20.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG for their entire careers. Among these 20 players are only three who are currently active in the NBA today. As we go through the list of these players, you will notice that every one of them either played the forward or center position. That should surprise no one. So what does averaging 20.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG say about your career?
In most cases, it means you are ranked among the best players to ever play the game. It means that you are consistently giving maximum effort resulting in maximum production. It means that even toward the end of your career, your numbers may have dipped but not much. These 20 players are mostly the most consistent and reliable to ever play the game. Every time they step on the floor, you can guarantee they will leave it all out there on the line for their team with no hesitation.
Many players have put up 20 points, and 10 rebounds in a single game or even averaged it for a single season. To average 20.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG means you are truly special. Here are those players:
Games Played: 66
Career Stats: 22.5 PPG, 10.7 RPG, 2.4 APG
Alex Groza might just be the best player you have never heard of. After serving his country in World War II, Groza won two national titles at the University Of Kentucky under Coach Adolph Rupp. After college, he and his Kentucky teammates formed the Indianapolis Olympians, the 1st and only player-owned team in the NBA. From the moment he stepped on an NBA floor, Groza dominated.
Groza averaged 23.4 PPG in his rookie year, finishing second in the league behind George Mikan. In his two seasons, Groza was named to the All-Star team once and All-NBA Team twice. He led the NBA in field-goal percentage both years he was active and averaged 47.4% for his career. You may be asking yourself, “If Groza was so good, then why did he play just two years?”. Well, in 1951, Groza was implicated in and confessed to his part in a point-shaving scheme while he was in college. Groza’s role in the scheme saw him banned for life from the NBA at just 25 years old.
Games Played: 311
Career Stats: 23.1 PPG, 13.4 RPG, 2.8 APG
Pretty much the only player from the 1950s that still comes up in basketball conversations today is George Mikan, and rightfully so. In his first three seasons in the league, Mikan led the league in scoring all three seasons. He also led the league in just about every advanced statistics that you can think of. He would end up winning five NBA championships with the Minneapolis Lakers before his career was over. George Mikan will forever be known as the NBA’s first superstar.
For five seasons straight to begin his career, Mikan led the league in scoring with at least 20.0 PPG. Rebounds were not introduced until Mikan’s 3rd year in the league. He averaged 14.0 RPG or more for four straight years after they were introduced as a stat. He also led the league twice and finished 2nd twice in RPG for those four seasons. When it was all said and done, Mikan retired as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, a five-time champion, and a six-time All-NBA Team selection. Mika would suffer many injuries that would contribute to his early retirement at just 31 years old. It was said that he suffered over 10 broken bones and numerous stitches in his career and played through almost all of them.
Games Played: 328
Career Stats: 26.0 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 3.3 APG, 0.9 SPG, 1.7 BPG
After what was a shaky start to his career due to injuries, Joel Embiid has established himself as one of the top two centers in the NBA. Embiid was drafted 3rd overall in the 2014 draft, but due to a lingering foot injury, he didn’t make his NBA debut until the 2016-17 season. In his rookie year, he averaged 20.2 PPG and 7.8 RPG. He has averaged at least 22.5 PPG and 10.0 RPG for all five seasons since while being named an All-Star each time.
His dominance isn’t just limited to the regular season. In 44 career playoff games, Embiid has averaged 24.0 PPG and 11.1 RPG. In 2021-22, Embiid did something that no center had done in 20 years, he won the scoring title averaging a career-high 30.6 PPG. He added the 2nd highest rebounding average of his career at 11.7 RPG. The way things have been built in Philadelphia around Joel Embiid has led us as fans to believe that he could and should produce at this level consistently for at least a few more seasons.
Games Played: 482
Career Stats: 23.2 PPG, 11.3 RPG, 3.1 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.4 BPG
At age 26 and in just his 7th season, Karl-Anthony Towns has already entered himself into some rarified air. He has catapulted himself toward the top of the best big man shooter in NBA history conversation while improving his versatility vastly. On the perimeter, defenses have had to respect his efficient jumper and press him more in that area. Towns responded by adding jab steps, ball fakes, and spin moves to his arsenal to get by defenders. It worked in the sense that Towns became the 2nd most efficient big man in the league off of a drive to the basket. He has become a much more aggressive rebounder and scorer, and the numbers reflect it.
Towns was named Rookie of the Year in 2016, averaging 18.3 PPG and 10.5 RPG. It is the only time that he has averaged under 20.0 PPG in his career thus far. In 2021-22, Towns averaged 9.8 RPG, which coincidentally is the only season he has averaged less than 10.0 RPG. In 2021-22, Towns led the Timberwolves for the first time since 2018. He performed much better than that playoff run averaging 21.8 PPG and 9.0 RPG. Karl-Anthony Towns has shown that he continues to improve and work on his game which could spell trouble for the Western Conference in the coming years.
Games Played: 604
Career Stats: 23.8 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.4 SPG, 2.4 BPG
Regardless of what you have to say about Anthony Davis’s recent struggles, when healthy, he is one of the best players in the NBA. From the moment he was drafted by New Orleans in 2012, Davis was bound to be special. He had some time to grow in his rookie season, and by the time 2013-14 came around, he was spectacular. From 2014 through 2018, Davis had five straight seasons of at least 20.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG. He even led the NBA in blocks three times. In 2017 and 2018 with New Orleans, he had back-to-back seasons of at least 28.0 PPG and 11.0 RPG. He finished third in MVP voting in 2018.
In 2019, he had yet another season over 20.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG, and 2.0 BPG. It would be his last in New Orleans as he was traded to the Lakers to join LeBron James. In his first season in LA, Davis averaged 26.1 PPG and 9.3 RPG for the regular season. He mimicked that performance in the playoffs, helping to lead the Lakers to their first title since 2010. Overall in the playoffs, Davis is his same dominant self. In 39 career playoff games, Davis averages 27.3 PPG, 10.3 RPG, and 1.8 BPG.
Games Played: 654
Career Stats: 20.8 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 4.0 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Billy Cunningham was a symbol of excellence for the Philadelphia 76ers in the late 60s and early 70s. His impact was clear from early on when in just his 2nd season, he helped Philadelphia win the 1967 NBA Finals. Cunningham came off of the bench then but still battled with Warriors star Rick Barry to-to-toe. He averaged 19.7 PPG in just 25 minutes in those Finals. In 1968, Wilt Chamberlain left for Los Angeles, and the 76ers were turned over to Cunningham. He stepped up immediately, averaging 24.8 PPG and 12.8 RPG in 1969.
The 1968-69 season was just the beginning of four straight NBA All-Star appearances. In those four seasons, Cunningham was incredible, averaging just 23.0 PPG and 11.5 RPG in each season. When he left for the ABA after the 1972 season, Cunningham immediately won the ABA’s MVP award and dominated the circuit. He attempted a comeback with the Sixers after two seasons in the NBA and was god but just the shell of the former self that Philly was used to. Cunningham is still revered as one of the greatest 76ers of all time and one of just 20 players to average 20.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG for their career.
Games Played: 792
Career Stats: 26.4 PPG, 16.2 RPG, 3.0 APG
Bob Pettit is one of the most accomplished power forwards in NBA history. His only problem is that he did it in the 50s and 60s. Regardless of era, Pettit’s stats and accolades are incredibly impressive. Pettit was an 11-time All-Star in his 11 seasons and a two-time scoring champ. In his 11 seasons, Pettit never averaged less than 20.0 PPG or 12.0 RPG. He was also an All-NBA First Team selection 10 times.
Both times that Pettit led the league in scoring in 1956 and 1959 he was named the league MVP. Yet those might not be his most impressive seasons. In 1961, Pettit averaged an incredible 27.9 PPG and 20.3 RPG. He followed that up in 1962 with averages of 31.1 PPG and 18.7 RPG. Bob Pettit also helped the St. Louis Hawks to a championship in just his 2nd season in the NBA. His playoff resume speaks for itself. In 88 career playoff games, Pettit averaged 25.5 PPG and 14.8 RPG.
Games Played: 846
Career Stats: 27.4 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 4.3 APG
Elgin Baylor continues to be one of the most underrated players in NBA history, and once we go over his stats, you’ll see why. As one of the first flashy players the game had seen, Baylor electrified audiences in his time with the Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers. In his 14 seasons in the NBA, Baylor became an 11-time All-Star and 10-time All-NBA First Team selection. From his rookie season in 1959 through the 1964-65 season, he averaged at least 24.0 PPG and 12.0 RPG per season and had one of the most incredible three-year stretches in NBA history.
In 1961, Baylor averaged 34.8 PPG to go with 11.8 RPG. His most impressive season was yet to come in 1962 when he finished 5th in MVP voting despite putting up 38.3 PPG and 18.6 RPG. This happened to be the season that Wilt averaged 50.4 PPG, and Bill Russell took home the award anyway. Elgin Baylor was able to be a part of eight separate NBA Finals teams but was never able to get the job done and take home a title. Despite that, his career playoff numbers are impressive, averaging 27.0 PPG and 12.9 RPG in 134 career playoff games. Amazingly, Baylor never won a scoring title, but he did lead the playoffs in scoring four consecutive seasons from 1960 through 1963.
Games Played: 897
Career Stats: 24.3 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 6.3 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.8 BPG
When we think of Larry Bird, we all know and think about the scoring, the shooting, his passing, and even his defense. The one thing that we fail to remember was Bird’s ability to rebound the ball. For the first six seasons of his career, Bird was a consistent 21.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG player at minimum. He only ever averaged less than 9.0 RPG twice in his career. Consistent greatness from Bird that led to three straight MVP awards and two Finals MVPs in three years.
The three-year stretch I speak of came from 1984 to 1986. In those three seasons, Bird averaged at least 24.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG, and 6.6 APG. In 1984, Bird led the Celtics to the NBA Finals vs. his rival Magic Johnson and the Lakers. The Celtics would take LA down in seven games, and Bird was named Finals MVP with averages of 27.4 PPG and 14.0 RPG. In 1986, Bird led Boston right back to the Finals, but this time against the Houston Rockets. This time the Celtics only needed six games to defeat Houston and Bird took home Finals MVP again with averages of 24.0 PPG, 9.7 RPG, and 9.5 APG. In his 13 NBA seasons, Bird was a 3x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, Rookie of the Year, 12x All-Star, and a 10x All-NBA Team selection.
Games Played: 959
Career Stats: 20.1 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.1 SPG, 1.5 BPG
Making our list just by the skin of his teeth is Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks legend Bob Lanier. As a member of the Detroit Pistons, Bob Lanier eclipsed the 20.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG seven times in his career in consecutive years from 1972 to 1978. When it was all said and done, Lanier was the Piston's all-time leader in PPG, with an average of 22.7 PPG in a Pistons uniform. Lanier was able to put up these numbers despite the talent load at the center around that time with guys like Wilt and Bill Russell, among many more.
Along with the Pistons' record for PPG, Lanier ranked 3rd in total points with 15,488 and 2nd in total rebounds with 8,063. Once he arrived in Milwaukee in 1979, his role and play had diminished a bit. His numbers dropped considerably after his days with the Pistons, even though 15.1 PPG and 7.6 RPG is still very productive. Lanier was never able to be crowned an NBA champion, but his four postseasons with Detroit certainly shows that he tried. He averaged 25.6 PPG and 13.8 RPG in 22 playoff games with the Pistons.
Games Played: 987
Career Stats: 21.1 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.4 SPG, 3.0 BPG
There haven’t been many who have made as much of an impact as David Robinson did right out of the gates to start his career. In his rookie season, Robinson averaged 24.3 PPG and 12.0 RPG while taking home Rookie of the Year, finishing 6th in MVP voting, and changing the direction of a franchise by increasing their win total by 35 games. For the next 13 seasons, he would become one of the most dominant centers in the game, who eclipsed the 20.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG seven more times.
Robinson would go on to become an MVP, a Defensive Player Of The Year, a 2x Champion, a 10x All-Star, and 10x All-NBA Team selection. In 1994, he finished runner-up to the MVP with averages of 29.8 PPG, 10.7 RPG, and 3.3 BPG. He finally took home the award in 1995 when he led the Spurs to a franchise record 62 wins with averages of 27.6 PPG, 10.8 RPG, and 3.2 BPG. Robinson would also be a key member of two championship Spurs teams in 1999 and 2003, although it took the arrival of Tim Duncan to put them over the top.
Games Played: 1,043
Career Stats: 20.1 PPG, 13.7 RPG, 2.4 APG, 0.7 BPG, 0.6 SPG
Walt Bellamy is the greatest player in Washington Wizards/Bullets history. Known most for his rebounding and one of the greatest rookie seasons of all time, Bellamy's career has flown under the radar. Bellamy was 6'11”, extremely athletic, and alarmingly versatile. He could put it on the floor and attack the rim, shoot the ball with pretty good range, and was a talented passer for his size. He makes it to our list today despite having just six 20.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG seasons in his 15-year career.
As previously mentioned, Bellamy had one of the greatest rookie seasons the NBA has ever seen. Bellamy put up 31.6 PPG and 19.0 RPG in 79 games played. Bellamy’s season earned him Rookie of the Year honors, but he wasn’t even considered for MVP. He would earn a total of four All-Star selections in his career, all with the Chicago Packers/Zephyrs/Baltimore Bullets franchise. Those five seasons was the best stretch of his career, where he averaged 276. PPG and 16.6 RPG.
Games Played: 1,045
Career Stats: 30.1 PPG, 22.9 RPG, 4.4 APG
I am sure by now that no one is surprised by Wilt Chamberlain’s presence on these sort of lists. The man is arguably the greatest center to ever step foot in the NBA. The man is a borderline mythical being who put up numbers that have only been replicated in video games. During his 15-year career, Wilt was a 13-time All-Star and a two-time NBA champion. He won seven scoring titles and led the league in rebounding 11 times as well. Not only did Wilt easily average 20.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG for his entire career, but he nearly did it with three different franchises.
Wilt’s first six seasons with the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors were stunning. He averaged 41.5 PPG and 25.1 RPG in 429 games played. This was when he obtained most of the scoring and rebounding record he still owns today. Wilt then made his way back to Philadelphia with the 76ers, this time where in four seasons, he averaged 27.6 PPG and 23.9 RPG. The only time he missed the 20.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG mark for his time with one team was when he played his final five seasons for the Lakers. The numbers are still great, as he put up 17.7 PPG and 19.2 RPG.
Games Played: 1,073
Career Stats: 22.1 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.8 BPG
The only time Charles Barkley didn't pull down 10.0 RPG in a season was when he was first getting started in Philadelphia as a young man in the 1984-85 season. For 11 straight seasons after that, Barkley eclipsed 20.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG every single year. Hey, they don’t call him “The Round Mound Of Rebound” for nothing. Even with his rebounding dominance, it is kind of hard to believe that Barkley only won one rebounding title in his career. Nevertheless, he ranks 20th all-time with 12,546 total rebounds.
Charles Barkley was very simply just consistently great. In 1990, he finished runner-up to MVP Magic Johnson after averaging 25.2 PPG and 11.5 RPG. He would finally win the award in 1993, his 1st year with the Phoenix Suns, with averages of 25.6 PPG and 12.2 RPG. That season, he led the Suns to the NBA Finals with 26.6 PPG and 13.6 RPG in the playoffs. His postseason play was just as impressive as the regular season. In 123 playoff games, Barkley averaged 23.0 PPG and 12.9 RPG.
Games Played: 1,207
Career Stats: 23.7 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 2.5 APG, 0.6 SPG, 2.3 BPG
The most dominant center to ever play the game Shaquille O’Neal. Seasons of 20.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG came naturally to Shaq as soon as he stepped foot in the NBA. For the first 12 years of his career, it’s just what he did. Within those 12 years, he had some of the greatest single seasons and careers that we have ever seen. Let’s start in Orlando, where much like David Robinson did with the Spurs, Shaq did with the Magic. He ran away with the Rookie of the Year award, made the playoffs three times in four seasons, won a scoring title, and led them to the NBA Finals in 1995.
The next phase of his career is hands down one of the best peaks ever. After joining the Lakers in 1997, Shaq began to bulk up and develop into an unstoppable force in the paint. In his eight seasons in LA, he would win a scoring title, an MVP, three championships, and three Finals MVPs. Shaq obliterated the competition at every stage, but he especially feasted in the playoffs and NBA Finals. In eight playoff runs with the Lakers, Shaq averaged 27.7 PPG and 13.4 RPG. In the NBA Finals, his performances were jaw-dropping. He averaged 33.6 PPG and 14.1 RPG in 20 Finals games while in a Lakers uniform. He loved the big moment, he loved to dominate, and most of all, he loved to win.
Games Played: 1,238
Career Stats: 21.8 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.7 SPG, 3.1 BPG
Have you caught on to the pattern yet? Much like most of the players listed here today, Olajuwon was a 20.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG player right from the beginning. He averaged those numbers the first 12 seasons of his career. He also happens to be one of the best defensive players, if not the best defensive player of all time. In his career, Hakeem took home two Defensive Player Of The Year awards, one MVP, and two Finals MVP awards. The greatest stretch of his career is quite clearly his back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995, but it wasn’t just that he won, it was the way he won.
In 1994, Hakeem, in the playoffs, averaged 28.9 PPG and 11.0 RPG on his way to his first championship. Along the way, he knocked out Charles Barkley and the Phoenix Suns, Karl Malone and the Utah Jazz, and absolutely embarrassed Patrick Ewing and the New York Knicks in the NBA Finals. Hakeem became the first player to win Defensive Player Of The Year, MVP, and Finals MVP in the same season. In 1995, the path was even more impressive as he knocked out Barkley and Malone again, took it personally and dominated David Robinson after he won MVP, and then made easy work of a young Shaq in the Finals. Watching Olajuwon's work was like poetry in motion with smooth footwork and instincts amongst the all-time greats.
Games Played: 1,303
Career Stats: 21.0 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.0 SPG, 2.0 BPG
At the time of his retirement, Elvin Hayes was considered one of the greatest to ever live. He retired after 16 seasons as the career leader in games in minutes, third in points, and third in total rebounds. Hayes got off to a hot start in his career, coming out of the gates leading the league in scoring with 28.4 PPG. He added 17.1 RPG to that total and the following year led the league in rebounding with 16.9 RPG.
The first 12 seasons of Hayes’ career saw him break the 20.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG threshold 10 times. He was also named an All-Star for those 12 years. In his nine seasons with the Baltimore/Washington Bullets, Hayes was a part of eight playoff teams. Hayes, along with Bob Dandridge and Wes Unseld, was able to bring the Bullets to glory in 1978. During the Finals, Hayes posted 20.7 PPG and 11.9 RPG in the seven-game series win. As far as all-time ranks, Hayes ranks 6th in total rebounds and 13th in points.
Games Played: 1,329
Career Stats: 20.6 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.3 BPG
Unlike others on our list, it took Moses Malone a few seasons to reach the 20.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG mark. When he won his first MVP award in 1979, it marked the first time he’d reach that mark. He wouldn’t look back until he was in the twilight of his career. Malone led the league in rebounding six out of seven seasons from 1979 to 1985. The 1978-79 season was his first of three MVP awards he earned in that same span. During that season, he averaged 24.8 PPG and 17.6 RPG.
Malone was a master on the offensive glass, and it showed in his scoring. He would win another MVP in 1982, averaging 31.1 PPG and 14.7 RPG. The PPG was a career-high. The most accomplished season of his career has to be the following season in 1983. Malone took home his 3rd MVP award averaging 24.5 PPG and 15.3 RPG. Not only did Malone conquer the regular season, but he would also finally conquer the postseason as well. In the 1983 NBA Finals against the mighty “Showtime” Lakers, Malone took over. He averaged 25.8 PPG and 18.0 RPG in a clean four-game sweep. Malone would be named Finals MVP. Along with the three MVPs and Finals MVP, Malone was also named an All-Star 12 times and All-NBA eight times.
Games Played: 1,476
Career Stats: 25.0 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 3.6 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.8 BPG
Now we are getting into rarified air when it comes to players who averaged 20.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG. Karl Malone is only one of two players to have played over 1,400 games and achieved those career averages. Karl Malone currently sits 3rd all-time in total points and 8th in total rebounds. How did he do it? Consistency and longevity. From 1987 to 1998, Malone had 10 seasons of 20.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG while making it to the All-Star game every year.
Karl Malone is another player on this list that also achieved the target mark in the postseason as well. He averaged 24.7 PPG and 10.7 RPG for his career in the playoffs. People seem to remember Malone as a pure post scorer, but he was much more than that on the offensive end. The reason why the pick and roll was so deadly with John Stockton was also Malone’s ability to hit the mid-range shot and pull the ball on the floor and get to the rim. His rebounding was the catalyst for a transition offense that was a big reason the Jazz were a contender in the 90s.
Games Played: 1,560
Career Stats: 24.6 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 3.6 APG, 0.9 SPG, 2.6 BPG
Out of everyone’s career resume on this list, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s is certainly the most impressive. He is the all-time leader in points in NBA history. His 1,560 games are a testament to his consistent elite level of production. For 12 straight seasons to begin his career, Jabbar hit the target mark of 20.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG. He remained a 20.0 PPG scorer until his career had nearly come to a close, but his rebounding numbers dipped a bit due to injuries and the arrivals of Kurt Rambis and Mychal Thompson.
Kareem has averaged over 30.0 PPG in the regular season four times, as well as four times in the playoffs. He is a 6x NBA champion, 6x MVP, and a 2x Finals MVP. Not only did Kareem average over 20.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG in his regular-season career but in his playoff career as well at 24.3 PPG and 10.5 RPG in 237 playoff games. In the Finals alone, he averaged 23.5 PPG and 9.1 RPG in 56 Finals games. Kareem was one of a kind on the floor with an unstoppable skyhook and a burning desire to punish his opponents.