Ten Numbers You Need to Know About The Big O
By Brian Martin
Oscar Robertson -- aka The Big O, aka Mr. Triple-Double -- turns 75 on Sunday, Nov. 24. In honor of his 75th birthday, we present 10 numbers that best capture his brilliant NBA career as one of the best all-around players of all-time.
In the 1967-68 season, Robertson averaged the most points in the league (29.2) but had only played in 65 games and totaled 1,896 points, which was the sixth highest total. [Note: The league leaders in points, rebounds and assists were originally determined by totals in each category until the 1968-69 season, after which per game averages were used to determine the leaders instead.]
He averaged a career-best 31.4 points during his MVP season in 1963-64. While that average would not win the scoring title against Wilt, it would have won eight of the last 10 scoring titles -- bested only by Kobe Bryant in 2005-06 (35.4) and 2006-07 (31.6).
Other notable No. 1's for The Big O include:
He nearly expanded that to six seasons, but fell 21 rebounds shy over the total course of the six seasons (4,579 rebounds in 460 games) to average 10 rebounds per game.
Below is a comparison of Robertson's first five seasons and those of some of the best all-around players of all-time, including the top five leaders in career triple-doubles (Magic, Kidd, Wilt, Bird), the player widely regarded as the greatest of all time (Jordan) and an active player that will reach that group in the near future (James).
First Five NBA Seasons
NBA All-Time Assist Leaders
NBA All-Time Scoring Leaders
NBA All-Time Triple-Doubles Leaders