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Kareem Abdul Jabbar is one of the best basketball players to have taken to the court. From his college playing days at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), the 7’2 centre proved to be effective in this position. 

During his time at UCLA, he set records and that didn’t stop when he joined the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1969. Here’s a breakdown of Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s stats.

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Kareem Abdul Jabbar at UCLA

The reason why we are going back to his time at UCLA is that at the time, the NBA required every player to have at least four years of college basketball to be eligible for the draft. 

Known as Lew Alcindor, he dominated the competition scoring a total of 2,325 points. He led UCLA to three National College Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships. He won the NCAA Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament thrice and the AP Player of the Year twice.  

YearField Goal (FG) %Points Per Game (PPG)Rebounds Per Game (RPG)Total Points
196963.524.014.7721
196861.326.216.5734
196766.729.015.5870
Stats Source: Sporting News

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Kareem Abdul Jabbar at the NBA

Kareem Abdul Jabbar was destined to play in the NBA. In 1969, Milwaukee Bucks drafted him as a round-one first-overall pick. He spent six seasons there before he moved to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he spent the rest of his career.

At Milwaukee Bucks, Kareem played a total of 467 games which accounted for 19,954 minutes and 14,211 points. Jabbar sank in 5,902 field goals out of 10,787 attempts, scored 5,902 2-point field goals, 2,407 free throws, and made 2008 assists.

These numbers only got better during his 14 seasons at LA Lakers. 

He was involved in 1,093 games, during which he played 37,492 games and scored 24,176 points. He converted 9,935 field goals out of 17,520 attempts. As for free throws, he made 5,842 attempts and converted 4,305 of them. 

Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s 2-point stats are impressive. He sank in 9,934 out of 17,502 at LA Lakers. Jabbar made  3,652 assists. 

In total, Kareem Abdul Jabbar played 1,560 games, starting in 625, which equates to 57,446 minutes played. During this time, he scored a total of 38,387 points, averaging 24.6 points per game. 

His overall field goals percentage is 55.9, drawn out of the 15 837 conversions he made out of 28,307 attempts. For 2-pointers, he scored a total of 15 836 shots out of 28,289. This equates to an average of 56.0%. As for rebounds, Jabbar accumulated 17,440 out of 9,394 defensive rebounds and 2,975 offensive rebounds.

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A Summary of Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s Stats

Games Played1, 560
Games Started625
Minutes Played 57,446
Points Scored38,387
Assists5,660
Points Per Game24.6
Minutes Per Game36.8
Assists Per Game3.6
Rebounds Per Game11.2
Personal Fouls4,657
Turnovers2,527
Steals1,160
Blocks3,189
Offensive Rebounds2,975
Defensive Rebounds9,394
Total Rebounds17,440
Field Goals Made15,837
Field Goals Attempted28,307
Field Goal Percentage55.9%
2-Pointers Made15,836
2-Pointers Attempted28,289
2-Point Percentage56.0%
Free Throws Made6,712
Free Throws Attempted9,304
Free Throw Percentage72.1%
Source: Stats Pro

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Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s Records

Kareem Abdul Jabbar recorded his name in the NBA history books in 1984 when he broke Wilt Chamberlain’s all-time scoring record of 31,419 points. He scored 31, 420th points in a game between his team Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz, and claimed the record. 

He retired with a total of 38, 387 points which was an all-time high. After 38 years, LeBron James broke Jabbar’s and scored his 38, 388th point against Oklahoma City Thunders in February 2023 to top the all-time NBA scoring list.    

Kareem Abdul Jabaar still has some records. He still holds the most number of field goals with 15 837. LeBron James might be eyeing this as he sits second with 14, 152. 

He also holds the record for the most minutes played in the regular season with 57,446 minutes

Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s Championships

Kareem Abdul Jabbar won 6 NBA championships, one with Milwaukee Bucks in 1971 and five with the Los Angeles Lakers (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987 & 1988).

Kareem Abdul Jabbar was one of the best in NBA history. The fact that he still holds some records demonstrates his talent level. For his performances and contribution to the game, he was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995. His No.33 shirt was retired by Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. And in 2016, he received the award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

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