Several NBA records — held by some of the more legendary players in league history — are in jeopardy this season. Here are five records that could be broken this NBA season.
This season several NBA records currently held by some of the league’s most legendary players of all-time including Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Steve Nash are in serious jeopardy.
This piece will look at five records that could be broken this year, what it will take for the records to fall and who will have a chance at making history in the 2017-18 NBA season including Stephen Curry, James Harden, DeAndre Jordan, Anthony Davis and Kemba Walker.
5. Will The Beard make the wrong kind of history?
Last season, James Harden knocked on the door of a record he won’t want displayed on his eventual Naismith Hall of Fame plaque: the all-time single-game turnover record.
Turnovers have long been an issue for Harden, a necessary evil for someone with so much control of a team’s offense. Still, Harden has led the league in turnovers four of the last five seasons including each of the last three. Last season, Harden set the NBA’s all-time record for turnovers in a season at 464.
Five times last season Harden eclipsed 10 turnovers in a game including a Nov. 23 game against Toronto that saw The Beard turn the ball over 12 times, just two away from John Drew (Mar. 1, 1978) and Jason Kidd’s (Nov. 17, 2000) all-time mark.
In 2015, Harden set the NBA’s playoff game turnover record when he turned it over 13 times in the Rockets’ season-ending loss to Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
While the addition of Chris Paul should reduce Harden’s raw turnover numbers simply the virtue of having the ball in his hand’s less, you can’t help but feel Harden — thanks the combination of his play style, the Mike D’Antonio offense and the continued increase in pace of play — is on the verge of a record-setting night.