From Dirk to Durant: Five NBA milestones to watch

News flash: LeBron James passed Michael Jordan for fourth on the all-time scoring list Wednesday. While that feat is nothing to scoff at, our friends at Opta would like to remind everyone of a handful of other all-time leaderboards undergoing a makeover.

Here are five milestones to keep an eye out for in the final weeks of the NBA season:

Kevin Durant — Career 30-point games

Durant’s next game with 30 or more points will be his 300th. He would be the 14th NBA player to reach the milestone and the fifth-youngest player to hit the mark if he does it within the next three weeks (which seems likely).

Rank Player 30-point games
1 Michael Jordan 562
2 Wilt Chamberlain 515
3 LeBron James 442
4 Karl Malone 435
5 Kobe Bryant 431
6 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 429
7 Oscar Robertson 387
8 Jerry West 350
9 Dominique Wilkins 346
10 Allen Iverson 345
11 Elgin Baylor 343
12 Adrian Dantley 314
13 Shaquille O’Neal 313
14 Kevin Durant 299
15 George Gervin 297

Dirk Nowitzki — Career points

Nowitzki (31,364) needs 56 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain for the fifth-most all time and one more game played to pass John Stockton for the third-most all time.

The German seven-footer will pass Stockton if he takes the floor Friday, March 8 against the Bulls. If he continues his scoring pace of 5.4 points per game, Nowitzki should pass Chamberlain on the scoring list Thursday, March 28 on the road against the Heat.

Rank Player PTS
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387
2. Karl Malone 36,928
3. Kobe Bryant 33,643
4. LeBron James 32,311
5. Michael Jordan 32,292
6. Wilt Chamberlain 31,419
7. Dirk Nowitzki 31,364

Chris Paul — Career assists

Paul (9,050) needs only 12 assists to pass Isiah Thomas for the seventh most all time. He’s averaging 8.3 per game, so expect him to move past Thomas on Sunday, March 10 on the road against the Mavericks — that’s if he doesn’t have a vintage performance Friday, March 8 at home against the 76ers.

Rank Player AST
1. John Stockton 15,806
2. Jason Kidd 12,091
3. Steve Nash 10,335
4. Mark Jackson 10,334
5. Magic Johnson 10,141
6. Oscar Robertson 9,887
7. Isiah Thomas 9,061
8. Chris Paul 9,050
9. Gary Payton 8,966
10. LeBron James 8,584

James Harden — Career triple-doubles

Harden (41) needs three triple-doubles to pass Fat Lever for the eighth most in league history.

However, Harden will never pass Lever for the best name in NBA history.

Larry Bird would be Harden’s next target at 59 career triple-doubles.

Russell Westbrook — Career triple-doubles

Westbrook (129) needs 10 more triple-doubles to pass Magic Johnson for the second most in league history.

Oklahoma City has 18 games left in the regular season, but let’s remember what Westbrook has accomplished since the beginning of the 2016-17 season. He’s made Johnson’s number reachable this season and Oscar Robertson’s league record of 181 firmly in play next season.

Rank Player # Times
1 Oscar Robertson 181
2 Magic Johnson 138
3 Russell Westbrook 129
4 Jason Kidd 107
5 LeBron James 79
6 Wilt Chamberlain 78
7 Larry Bird 59
8 Fat Lever 43
9 James Harden 41
10 Bob Cousy 33

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