Looks like there may be a lot of game stoppages this season for presentations of game balls to honor players' milestones. With the addition of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry, the Nets have three players climbing the statistical ladders and within range of career milestones that place them in the top 5, 10, 15, 20 all-time.
Here's a list of the players and some milestones...
- Games. When KG plays his sixth game this season, he will move into a tie for No. 10 on games played, along with Moses Malone. If he plays 70 games, he will tie his coach in the sixth position all-time at 1,391.
Kevin Garnett - Minutes. KG needs 2,199 minutes to reach 50,000. He hasn't topped 2,000 in three years but if he can, he will move into fourth place, 111 minutes behind his coach at 50,111, in third. Paul Pierce topped 40,000 at the end of last season. A 2,000 minute season would put him at or near the top 20 in minutes.
Kevin Garnett - Points. KG is already No. 15, surpassing 25,000 last season. He scored 1,003 points last year. If he scores 1,000 this year, he will move past Reggie Miller and Alex English.
Kevin Garnett - Field Goals Made. KG needs 363 field goals to join the top 10 and pass John Havlicek. He made 422 last season.
Kevin Garnett - Rebounds. He is already No. 10. He grabbed 530 last year. He needs 1,157 to reach 14,000.
Kevin Garnett - Defensive Rebounds. KG is currently No. 2 on the all-time list, with 10,757, only 650 from taking the top spot away from Moses Malone. He grabbed 455 last season.
Kevin Garnett - Offensive Rebounds. If he can grab 97 offensive boards this season, he moves into the top 20. He grabbed only 75 last season and hasn't grabbed more than 100 in four seasons.
Kevin Garnett - Blocks. Garnett is within 30 blocks of becoming the 18th player in NBA history to block 2,000 shots. He blocked 62 last season.
Kevin Garnett - Steals. Garnett is currently 87 steals of moving into the top 15 in steals at 1,742. He had 78 last season. Problem is that Kobe Bryant is No. 15 and he's likely to stay ahead of KG.
Kevin Garnett - Point-Rebound Double-Doubles. Third on the all-time list behind Karl Malone and Tim Duncan, KG needs 15 double-doubles to reach 750. He has 20 last season.
How unique is Garnett? He is the ONLY player in NBA history who has accumulated 25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 5,000 assists, 1,500 steals and 1,500 blocks (inching towards 2, 000). He is also in elite company with Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul Jabar as one of ONLY the players in NBA history to have 20000 points, 10000 rebounds, and 5000 assists
Paul Pierce - Points. Pierce needs 79 points to become the 18th player to score 25,000 points in their career. A season similar to last year --1,430-- would move him into the top 15 all time scoring. That would give the Nets two of the NBA's top 15 scorers, along with Garnett.
Jason Terry and Paul Pierce - Three Pointers. Terry needs 78 three-pointers to move into third all-time, passing Jason Kidd. He made 123 last season. Paul Pierce needs 166 to join him in top four. He made 145 last season. Yes, Terry and Pierce currently rank No. 4 and No. 5 all-time in three pointers.
Paul Pierce - Free Throws Made. Pierce made it to the top 10 last season, at 6,434. He needs 279 to reach No. 7, surpassing Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Dolph Schayes. He made 333 last season.
Jason Kidd - Game Experience for Coaches. When he coaches his first game, he will become the NBA head coach with the most games played prior to joining the coach ranks, 1,391. Not rookie coaches, all coaches...ever.
Deron Williams - Assists - D-Will joined the top 50 all-time in assists last season. If he can hand out 700 this season, 96 more than last season, he will be within striking range of the top 30, at age 29. Garnett is right behind him at No. 51 and Terry is at 57. Williams is also 10th all-time in points-assists double-doubles at 252.