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The NBA Players Who Have 20K Points, 5K Rebounds, And 5K Assists

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The NBA Players Who Have 20K Points, 5K Rebounds, And 5K Assists

The list of NBA players who have recorded 20K points, 5K rebounds, and 5K assists is a short and exclusive one. When you stop and think about the 75-year history of the league and realize only 16 players have reached this plateau, it amazes you. The players before you are the elite of the elite. They are the point guards who run the offense but still get their buckets as well. They are the shooting guards whose main focus is scoring but they still do the other things quite well. They are the all-around most complete players in the history of basketball.

While 16 players have reached the 20K/5K/5K realm, only 5 have reached 20K/10K/5K. Those players are Kareem-Abdul Jabbar, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Karl Malone.

Each retired member of the 20K/5K/5K club is currently in the Hall Of Fame and there are just 4 players who are currently active. Each active member is most likely headed to the Hall Of Fame when their careers are over. The players on this list Have all played at least 1,000 NBA games besides three, speaking volumes to the way their longevity is factored into their greatness.

The following players are 16 of the best to ever play the game, Here are the members of the 20K points, 5K rebounds, and 5K assists club.

Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson

Career Stats: 20,407 Points, 5,059 Rebounds, 5,001 Assists

Joe Johnson’s game was silky, smooth, and quiet. His game was quiet in the sense that he was rarely mentioned with the top players in the league when at his prime when we all know he should have been in that conversation. Johnson was an assassin on offense, able to create his own shot from any spot on the floor. Johnson was a sniper from the mid-range and could get to the rim with speed while finishing with finesse. He was also a well-versed passer and rebounder for someone who played the shooting guard position in an era that mainly focused on scoring.

From 2004 to 2015, Johnson accumulated 12 straight seasons of at least 1,000 points. During that time, he also was a consistent 200+ rebound and 250+ assists player. From 2007 to 2014, Johnson was named an All-Star 6 out of 7 seasons and made just one All-NBA Team which in my opinion is a travesty. Johnson just squeaked onto this list in 2018 when he recorded 38 total assists with the Houston Rockets, bringing his career total to 5,001. Many remember Joe Johnson for his incredible one-on-one skills but he was a fantastic all-around player in the 2000s and 2010s.

Clyde Drexler

Clyde Drexler

Career Stats: 22,195 Points, 6,677 Rebounds, 6,125 Assists

If it hadn’t been for Michael Jordan, Clyde Drexler would have been the best shooting guard in the 1990s. Clyde’s game was built on aggression and getting to the basket by any means necessary on offense. He was a solid mid-range shooter as well and off the ball, was a great slasher who picked his spots perfectly. He was a very good passer, especially at shooting guard, who could find his teammates with ease created by the space that he generated. His length and elite athleticism gave him the innate ability to grab rebounds very well for his position also.

In his 15-year career, Drexler only had 4 seasons in which he did not eclipse 1,000 points. In 1988 and 1989, he surpassed 2,000 total points in a season for the only times in his career. As far as assists go, Drexler accumulated nearly 5,000 just with the Trail Blazers in 12 seasons. He added 1192 with the Rockets in his later years. Drexler also had 10 seasons with 400 or more rebounds and 6 seasons with more than 500 rebounds. He was an all-around hooper but most just remember him for his scoring ability.

James Harden

James Harden

Career Stats: 23,477 Points, 5,294 Rebounds, 6,397 Assists

At his peak, there was no better offensive player in the league than James Harden. He was getting his points and assists any which way that he wanted to. He was consistently in attack mode, driving to the lane to either force an easy finish at the rim or a trip to the foul line where he shoots 86.0% for his career. If neither of those is an option, Harden could either dish it out to another shooter for three or a slasher/big waiting for an easy opportunity. This tactic has led to 3 seasons with 10.0 APG and 20.0 PPG. When he’s not attacking defenses on the inside, he can rack up points from the perimeter as a career 36.1% three-point shooter.

From 2016 through 202, James Harden was a Top 3 player in the game. During that stretch, he averaged 31.7 PPG, 8.5 APG, and 6.6 RPG. He led the league in total points scored 4 times and won 3 scoring titles. He led the league in total assists in 2017 with an astounding 907 dimes. Harden has tallied 7 seasons with over 2,000 points, 7 seasons with over 500 assists, and 6 seasons with over 500 rebounds. Can he add significantly more to these totals in 2022-23 with the Sixers?

Gary Payton

Gary Payton

Career Stats: 21,813 Points, 5,269 Rebounds, 8,966 Assists

Most fans remember Gary Payton for his swarming defense and his god-level trash talk. What people may forget is just how good of an offensive point guard he was. Payton loved to get out on the fast break, whether to get an explosive lob to his counterpart Shawn Kemp or kick it outside to a shooter like Detlef Schrempf. Payton gave opponents fits defensively and is a former Defensive Player Of The Year, but his offensive capabilities were just as valuable.

For 9 years straight from 1995 through 2003, Gary Payton consistently averaged 19.0 PPG and 7.0 APG or better per season. In 8 of the 9 years, Payton poured in 1,500 total points or better while dishing out 500 or more assists 8 times as well. In the same season, he was grabbing 300 rebounds or better and over 150 steals. The year Gary Payton took home Defensive Player Of The Year in 1995-96, he averaged 19.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 7.5 APG, and 2.9 SPG. So, yes while Payton should be praised for his defensive efforts, let us not forget the outstanding offensive player he was.

Larry Bird

Larry Bird

Career Stats: 21,791 Points, 8,974 Rebounds, 5,695 Assists

Larry Bird was one of the hardest workers in the NBA of the 1980s. He is also one of the most accomplished with 3 Championships, 2 Finals MVP awards, and 3 MVP awards. He also holds the NBA record for most seasons averaging at least 20.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG, and 5.0 APG. Where others excelled in athleticism, Bird focused on the skills that landed him on this list. He took over games and title runs with his shooting, passing, and rebounding. His basketball IQ was second to none in most cases.

For the first 9 seasons of his career, Bird accumulated at least 1,000 points each season. He surpassed 2,000 total points 4 times as well. In his 3 MVP seasons from 1984 to 1986, Bird recorded at least 1,900 points, 795 rebounds, and 500 assists. Out of 13 seasons in the league, Bird tallied 1,000 points or more in 11 of them and recorded 800 or more rebounds 6 times. He is one of the only players to end his career with averages of over 20.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG. For the first 9 seasons of his career, he averaged at least 21.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG, and 4.5 APG.

Jerry West

Jerry West

Career Stats: 25,192 Points, 5,376 Rebounds, 6,238 Assists

When you think of purely brilliant basketball, one of the first names that should come to mind is Jerry West. He is one of the greatest shooters in NBA history despite not having the luxury of a three-point line. He gave everything to perfect his craft and became an equally great blend of pass-first and score-first basketball. He was a great playmaker, averaging 6.7 APG for his career. Standing at just 6’2, he became a great rebounder as well, averaging 5.8 RPG for his career. West could do it all and it showed in his success as a player.

West was named an All-Star in every year of his career and his play reflected those selections. From his 2nd season in 1962 and on, West averaged at least 25.0 PPG until his last 2 seasons in the NBA. He tallied 13 seasons of over 1,000 points and 5 seasons of 2,000 points or more. He dished out 300 or more assists in every season except his final one and eclipsed 400 assists 9 times. It is hard to believe that West only won one scoring title in his career in 1970, but that’s what happens when you played in the same NBA as Wilt Chamberlain. West is one of the pioneers of the game as we know it today and is justified by his placing in this historic group.

Chris Paul

Chris Paul

Career Stats: 20,936 Points, 5,206 Rebounds, 10,977 Assists

Chris Paul is the newest member of the 20K/5K/5K club as he passed the 5,000-rebound marker in the 2021-22 season. Paul is The perfect prototype for point guards. He can score, handle the ball, pass, rebound, and play stellar defense. Paul feats on getting to the paint and reacting to the defense’s movements. His bread and butter is his stop and pop mid-range jumper but he can also take it to the basket or find any one of his teammates with any tiny sliver of an opening. He makes everyone around him better and is one of the best floor-raisers the game has ever seen.

As one of the best point guards to ever do it, Paul has led the league 4 times in APG and 3 times in total assists. He has racked up over 600 assists in a season 10 times in his career and eclipsed 500 13 times. He is also a prolific rebounder for his position, going for over 300 total rebounds in a season 10 times. He has scored more than 1,000 points in a season 14 times in his career as well, clearly displaying that he is an all-time great at the position. His versatility and basketball IQ are among the best the game has ever seen and his induction into this club was a matter of when not if.

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook

Career Stats: 23,298 Points, 7,541 Rebounds, 8,611 Assists

Russell Westbrook plays with speed, power, and pure aggression. He is at his best and virtually unstoppable when he is pushing the pace to his liking and drawing the attention from defenders. In his prime, he was actually decent from the mid-range shooting the ball despite recent criticisms about his shooting. He doesn’t want to be your friend on the court. He would rather bury you with his game and take over from start to finish.

Russ’s ascent to premier point guard play began from day one. He has never had a season in which he recorded less than 1,000 points unlike everyone else we have named so far. He has never recorded less than 300 assists in a season and has recorded over 400 assists in every season except 2 in 2014 and 2012. In 5 of the last 7 seasons, he has recorded 700 or more assists. He has brought home 2 scoring titles and led the league in assists 3 times as well. He became the all-time leading triple-doubles leader in 2021 surpassing Oscar Robertson’s previously unbeatable record. A one-of-a-kind talent who continues to perform at a high level despite popular belief.

John Havlicek

john havlicek

Career Stats: 26,395 Points, 8,007 Rebounds, 6,114 Assists

John Havlicek is one of the great swingmen in NBA history. He was a great shooter, great passer and rebounder, and as clutch as anyone else in the league at the time. “Hondo” was as good as they come in the front court, scoring in bunches and defending his position very well. He was also smart enough and could handle the ball well enough to switch back to the backcourt as a guard. He was an incredible athlete with an old-school mentality that made him one of the greatest players in the 70s decade. Havlicek was well-known for his off-ball movement and cuts to open areas for easy baskets and looks for teammates.

In every year of his 16-season career, Havlicek poured in over 1,000 points and broke the 2,000-point barrier twice. In the prime of his career, Havlicek was a consistent 500 assists and 600 rebounds kind of player. His peak season came in 1971 when he averaged 28.9 PPG, 9.0 RPG, and 7.5 APG. Havlicek’s play netted him 8 championships in his career and a Finals MVP award in 1974. Havlicek is not only one of the best players in Celtics history but NBA history as well.

Oscar Robertson

Oscar Robertson

Career Stats: 26,710 Points, 7,804 Rebounds, 9,887 Assists

Oscar Robertson is one of the greatest passers, scorers, and rebounders in NBA history and I am not just talking about for his position at point guard. His versatility on the court speaks for itself as a scorer, passer, and rebounder. He was the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire season until Russell Westbrook did it decades later. When Oscar got going to his right and stopped to pull a mid-range jumper, he was in a groove the likes of which had not been seen from a point guard before. He was an innovator of the position, bringing a flash and style that has since been replicated only a few times.

Robertson was the NBA’s leading assist man 7 times in his 14-year career. That means that for 50% of his career, he led the league in assists which is statistically incredible. For the first 7 years of his career, Robertson eclipsed 2,000 points and 800 assists consistently with a minimum of 500 rebounds. During that stretch, he averaged 30.3 PPG, 9.0 RPG, and 10.6 APG making for one of the best 7-year stretches NBA fans had ever seen. As one of the 16 members on this list and having accomplished it over 50 years ago, there is no doubt that Robertson is one of the best players in NBA history and should be treated as such.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

Career Stats: 32,292 Points, 6,672 Rebounds, 5,633 Assists

Modern-day NBA fans like to think of Michael Jordan as solely one of the best scorers in NBA history. The numbers show that he was much more than that. Of course, Jordan’s scoring ability is legendary with 10 scoring titles and an unstoppable mid-range game that propelled him to a status only reached by 1 or 2 players ever. He still knew how to get his teammates involved and grab rebounds to push the pace as well. As the greatest player to ever play the game, Jordan’s spot on this list was basically a given by the time his NBA career was over.

In 11 out of his 15 years in the NBA, Michael Jordan was a 2,000-point scorer every season. In 12 out of 15 seasons, he grabbed over 400 rebounds and grabbed over 500 rebounds 6 times. He dished out over 400 assists 7 times as well. Even as someone whose main role was to carry the Bulls’ scoring load, Jordan was still a well above-average passer and rebounder while being an elite defender on top of it all. The rest is history with 6 NBA championships and 6 Finals MVPs with an undefeated record on the big stage. The greatest basketball player of all time.

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett

Career Stats: 26,071 Points, 14,662 Rebounds, 5,445 Assists

Kevin Garnett’s spot on this list is unique in the sense that he is 1 of only 2 power forwards in the 20K points/5K rebounds/5K assists club. Garnett was a two-way beast for the Timberwolves and Celtics during his career who scored at will in the paint and grabbed rebounds with ferocious intensity. Garnett was also one of the best playmaking power forwards in the 2000s and 2010s, evidenced by the over 5,000 assists in his career.

Kevin Garnett led the NBA in RPG for 4 consecutive seasons from 2004 to 2007. His 14,662 career rebounds ranks 10th all-time in NBA history. Garnett was as consistent as could be scoring the ball with 11 1,000-point seasons in 20 years played. His playmaking from the power forward position speaks for itself with the 2nd most assists from that position in NBA history. From 2000 to 2005, Garnett was constantly dishing out 400 or more assists per season. Garnett is one of the most complete power forwards to ever play the game and his numbers reflect that mightily.

Kobe Bryant

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Career Stats: 33,643 Points, 7,047 Rebounds, 6,306 Assists

For a man who was considered by some to be selfish, Kobe Bryant dishing out over 6,000 assists in his career is pretty special. Obviously, Kobe is one of the best scorers in league history with his ability to catch fire and dominate games from all three levels on the court. He had an unguardable mid-range game that left opponents confused on a nightly basis and in his younger years his athleticism propelled him to superstar status. He was a willing passer when he needed to be specifically in his years alongside Shaquille O’Neal. Kobe worked every day to be the best and that is exactly what he became.

Kobe didn’t develop into the 2,000-point scorer we all remember until the 2002 season with the Lakers. From then on it seemed that is all he did as he went for 2,000 points 8 more times. His efforts earned him back-to-back scoring titles in 2006 and 2007. For his career, Kobe averaged 5.2 RPG and 4.7 APG which for a score-first player like Kobe is pretty impressive. His best season with rebounds and assist both occurred in 2003 when he grabbed 564 rebounds and dished out 481 assists. Put some more respect on Kobe Bryant’s all-around game.

Karl Malone

Karl Malone

Career Stats: 36,928 Points, 14,968 Rebounds, 5,248 Assists

Moving on to the only other power forward on this list, Karl Malone. He was one of the toughest assignments for any defender in the low block with his size and brute strength. He also tallied the 3rd most points in NBA history by being a force to be reckoned with on fast breaks and an efficient medium-range jump shot. His passing was something to watch as well, especially when doubled by 2 defenders in the low post. He was simply one of the best at finding an open shooter or cutter in that situation. With his size and strength came an abundance of rebounds to throw in the mix as well.

For 11 straight seasons from 1988 to 1998, Malone was a 2,000-point scorer. He eclipsed that mark for a total of 12 times in his career. While he was scoring in bunches, he was also grabbing anywhere from 800 to 900 rebounds as well and dishing out 200 to 300 assists. Along that same stretch from 1988 to 1998, Malone averaged 27.6 PPG, 10.9 RPG, and 3.5 APG while leading the Jazz to back-to-back Finals trips in 1997 and 1998. Malone’s on the court play is still revered throughout the annals of NBA history.

LeBron James

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Career Stats: 37,062 Points, 10,210 Rebounds, 10,045 Assists

Not only is LeBron James a member of this list but he is also only 1 of 4 players to reach 20K/10K/10K as well. James is the most complete player to ever play the game with the size of a power forward and the athleticism and basketball acumen of a point guard. If you need him to score in bunches in order to win, he can do that. If you need him to be the team’s main facilitator, he can do that too and do it at an elite level. If it wasn’t for Michael Jordan, the consensus would be that he is the greatest player to ever play the game.

LeBron James has played at a high level consistently for 19 years. He has averaged 20.0 PPG or better in each season of his career to go with 6.0 APG or better as well. To add to that miraculous stats, for the past 18 seasons, LeBron has averaged 25.0 PPG or better each year. In 11 out of 19 seasons, he has passed the 2,000-point mark. Aside from his rookie season, James has also averaged 6.0 RPG or better every year of his career as well as 6.0 APG or better. It is hard to believe with how consistent he is, he has only won 1 scoring title and 1 assists title. In the 2022-23 season, LeBron James is gearing up to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. Does this accomplishment make him your G.O.A.T.?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Career Stats: 38,387 Points, 17,440 Rebounds, 5,660 Assists

It should come as no surprise that the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and the man at 4th all-time in rebounds made his way to this list. No one ever really thinks of Kareem as a superb passer but he got the job done that way when he needed to. With an unstoppable skyhook that was pretty much unblockable, Kareem took the league by storm from day 1. He dominated the paint against the greats of his time and commanded the glass like no other. His passing acumen was high but only in the situations that saw him doubled in the paint which still amounted to over 5,000 career assists.

Kareem didn’t average less than 25.0 PPG in a season until he was 10 seasons into his career. He accumulated over 2,000 points in a season 9 times in his 20-year career and didn’t dip below 1,500 points in a season until the twilight of his career. His rebounding numbers are astounding as he grabbed over 1,000 rebounds in a season 8 different times. He also dished out 300 assists or better 8 times. Kareem set the standard for greatness and longevity in his 20-year career with 6 championships, 6 MVPs, and 2 Finals MVP awards. With all the debate between Michael Jordan and LeBron James, we cannot forget Kareem’s case as the greatest of all time.


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