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LeBron James, maybe you’ve heard of him. Entering last night’s game against the Golden State Warriors, James needed 18 points and two assists to cross the 20,000-point and 5,000-assist thresholds for his career. Obviously he did that, people. Come on now.
Naturally, the Lakers lost to the Rockets tonight, 125-112. They’re getting awfully good at doing that, but that’s not why we’re here. In the midst of the loss (which dropped the Lakers 15-19), Steve Nash recorded his 10,000th career assist.
Twice during the 2012 NFL regular season, we took a look at just how pass-happy the current state of affairs are in the NFL. Thanks to NFL.com’s milestone tracker we found out just how aired-out of a league this is, and while a million quarterbacks didn’t throw for 4,000 yards, 11 of them did, and that’s the most ever in a single season. Plus, there aren’t even a million quarterbacks in the NFL.
Congrats to Kobe Bryant for becoming only the fifth — and youngest — player to reach the 30,000-point plateau! Anti-congrats to Kobe Bryant, for still playing on an absurdly underperforming basketball club!
Way back on October 4 — one day after the NFL’s Week 4 had wrapped up — we examined the state of the NFL quarterback and uncovered some staggering statistics about just how many were on track to crack the once sanct 4,000-yard single-season passing mark. Eighteen quarterbacks were on target for 4,000 yards, which would have shattered the single-season record for such passers in a season (10 in 2011 and 2009). On the eve of Thanksgiving, let’s look at the less mind-blowing, yet more accurate sample size.
In case you needed yet another reminder that this is the Age of the Quarterback, NFL.com’s milestone tracker has you covered. Long gone are the days where a 4,000-passing-yard season was a career-defining feat. It only being Week 4 aside, an astonishing 20 quarterbacks are on pace for at least 3,800 yards, 18 of whom are on track for 4,000 and three pacing 5,000. Read more after the jump.