a bunch of dusty books (via Flickr user colinwood0)
a bunch of dusty books (via Flickr user colinwood0)

The conclusion of the 1963-64 season is a great one to take stock of the NBA. The league had just completed its 15th season and Bill Russell was midway through his career. Ditto for the Celtics Dynasty. Just as important, symbolically at least, was the retirement of Dolph Schayes. Schayes had begun his pro career before there was an NBA and when stepped away from the game in 1964, he was the league’s all-time leader in games played. Other venerable players such as Bill Sharman, Bob Cousy, and Bob Pettit were either retired or had just a very short time left before doing so.

Lastly, this peek also allows us to see some all-time greats like George Yardley, Paul Arizin, and even George Mikan on an actual all-time list before prolonged player careers swamped them from the record books…

GAMES PLAYED

Rank Player Games Played
1 Dolph Schayes 996
2 Bob Cousy 917
3 Joe Graboski 762
4 Red Kerr 754
5 Larry Foust 745
6 Slater Martin 745
7 Bob Pettit 742
8 Dick McGuire 738
9 Paul Arizin 713
10 Bill Sharman 711
11 Clyde Lovellette 704
12 Vern Mikkelsen 699
13 Gene Shue 699
14 Carl Braun 684
15 Jack Twyman 670
16 Ed Macauley 641
17 Ray Felix 637
18 Jack Coleman 633
19 Harry Gallatin 630
20 Frank Ramsey 623
21 Paul Seymour 600
22 Richie Guerin 596
23 Cliff Hagan 594
24 Tom Heinsohn 587
25 Arnie Risen 577

MINUTES PLAYED (stat not kept until 1951-52 season)

Rank Player Minutes Played Games MPG
1 Bob Cousy 30131 917 35.5
2 Dolph Schayes 29800 996 34.4
3 Bob Pettit 28936 742 39
4 Paul Arizin 24897 713 38.4
5 Bill Russell 24333 571 42.6
6 Red Kerr 24204 754 32.1
7 Gene Shue 23338 699 33.4
8 Jack Twyman 22968 670 34.3
9 Joe Graboski 22197 762 31.5
10 Slater Martin 21889 745 35.9
11 Bill Sharman 21793 711 32
12 Richie Guerin 20597 596 34.6
13 Larry Foust 19926 745 29.4
14 Tom Gola 19675 547 36
15 Clyde Lovellette 19075 704 27.1
16 Wilt Chamberlain 18488 391 47.3
17 Vern Mikkelsen 18443 699 32.5
18 Carl Braun 18409 684 29.8
19 Neil Johnston 18298 516 35.5
20 Cliff Hagan 18141 594 30.5
21 Ed Macauley 18071 641 35.7
22 Larry Costello 17763 565 31.4
23 Willie Naulls 17722 574 30.9
24 Tom Heinsohn 17548 419 29.9
25 Elgin Baylor 17524 587 41.8

POINTS

Rank Player Points Games PPG
1 Bob Pettit 19756 742 26.6
2 Dolph Schayes 18438 996 18.5
3 Bob Cousy 16955 917 18.5
4 Wilt Chamberlain 16303 391 41.7
5 Paul Arizin 16266 713 22.8
6 Jack Twyman 14141 670 21.1
7 Elgin Baylor 12892 419 30.8
8 Bill Sharman 12665 711 17.8
9 Clyde Lovellette 11947 704 17
10 Cliff Hagan 11433 594 19.3
11 Richie Guerin 11415 596 19.2
12 Tom Heinsohn 11282 587 19.2
13 Ed Macauley 11234 641 17.5
14 Red Kerr 11045 754 14.6
15 Larry Foust 10321 745 13.9
16 Gene Shue 10068 699 14.4
17 Vern Mikkelsen 10063 699 14.4
18 Neil Johnston 10023 516 19.4
19 Willie Naulls 9798 574 17.1
20 Bill Russell 9601 571 16.8
21 Oscar Robertson 9341 309 30.2
22 Carl Braun 9144 684 13.4
23 George Yardley 9063 472 19.2
24 Joe Graboski 8962 762 11.8
25 George Mikan 8458 379 22.3

REBOUNDS (stat not kept until 1950-51 season)

Rank Player Rebounds Games RPG
1 Bill Russell 13328 571 23.3
2 Bob Pettit 12228 742 16.5
3 Dolph Schayes 11256 996 12.1
4 Wilt Chamberlain 9875 391 25.3
5 Red Kerr 8955 754 11.9
6 Larry Foust 7420 745 10
7 Harry Gallatin 6684 630 11.9
8 Clyde Lovellette 6663 704 9.5
9 Elgin Baylor 6621 419 15.8
10 Walter Dukes 6223 553 11.3
11 Paul Arizin 6129 713 8.6
12 Vern Mikkelsen 5940 699 9.4
13 Neil Johnston 5856 516 11.3
14 Willie Naulls 5853 574 10.2
15 Joe Graboski 5845 762 8.3
16 Ray Felix 5654 637 8.9
17 Tom Heinsohn 5350 587 9.1
18 Jack Coleman 5186 633 9.2
19 Arnie Risen 5011 577 9.7
20 Tom Gola 5009 547 9.2
21 Wayne Embry 4991 449 11.1
22 Jack Twyman 4873 670 7.3
23 Bob Cousy 4781 917 5.2
24 Chuck Share 4765 555 8.6
25 Cliff Hagan 4606 594 7.8

ASSISTS

Rank Player Assists Games APG
1 Bob Cousy 6945 917 7.6
2 Dick McGuire 4205 738 5.7
3 Guy Rodgers 3444 429 8
4 Oscar Robertson 3215 309 10.4
5 Slater Martin 3160 745 4.2
6 Richie Guerin 3096 596 5.2
7 Dolph Schayes 3072 996 3.1
8 Andy Phillip 2969 539 5.5
9 Larry Costello 2732 565 4.8
10 Carl Braun 2658 684 3.9
11 Gene Shue 2608 699 3.7
12 Tom Gola 2551 547 4.7
13 Paul Seymour 2335 600 3.9
14 Bob Pettit 2241 742 3
15 Jack George 2169 506 4.3
16 Bill Russell 2116 571 3.7
17 Bill Sharman 2101 711 3
18 Ed Macauley 2079 641 3.2
19 George King 1958 411 4.8
20 Cliff Hagan 1942 594 3.3
21 Bob Davies 1929 402 4.8
22 Elgin Baylor 1856 419 4.4
23 Jack Coleman 1749 633 2.8
24 Paul Arizin 1665 713 2.3
25 Jack Twyman 1664 670 2.5

FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE (minimum 200 games played)

Rank Player FG% Games FGAs per game
1 Walt Bellamy 0.519 239 21.1
2 Wilt Chamberlain 0.506 391 33.2
3 Oscar Robertson 0.487 309 21.8
4 Bob Donham 0.48 273 5.1
5 Bailey Howell 0.476 387 15.8
6 Sam Jones 0.456 509 13.2
7 Kenny Sears 0.455 529 10.2
Al Attles 0.455 293 8.7
9 Hal Greer 0.454 448 16.1
10 Jerry West 0.453 281 20.6
11 Cliff Hagan 0.452 594 16.5
12 Dick Barnett 0.451 293 14.5
13 Jack Twyman 0.45 670 18.3
Johnny Green 0.45 387 12.1
15 Wayne Embry 0.448 449 13.4
Paul Neumann 0.448 231 7.1
17 Neil Johnston 0.444 516 14.4
18 Bill Russell 0.443 571 15.1
Clyde Lovellette 0.443 704 15.3
20 Bob Ferry 0.439 374 9.9
21 Bob Pettit 0.436 742 21.5
Ed Macauley 0.436 641 13.4
Larry Costello 0.436 565 10.5
24 Tom Sanders 0.433 308 8.9
25 Elgin Baylor 0.43 419 26.4

FREE THROW PERCENTAGE (minimum 200 games played)

Rank Player FT% Games FTAs per game
1 Bill Sharman 0.883 711 5
2 Dolph Schayes 0.849 996 7.9
3 Al Cervi 0.839 202 4.6
4 Larry Costello 0.834 565 4.2
5 Fred Scolari 0.828 315 4
6 Kenny Sears 0.826 529 5.6
7 Dick Schnittker 0.825 364 3.9
8 Fred Schaus 0.823 334 5
Oscar Robertson 0.823 309 10.9
Dave Gambee 0.823 262 4.8
11 Frankie Brian 0.821 438 5.1
12 Carl Braun 0.817 684 4.4
13 Vince Boryla 0.816 285 3.5
14 Willie Naulls 0.813 574 4.3
15 Paul Arizin 0.81 713 8.7
Hal Greer 0.81 448 4.7
17 Gene Shue 0.806 699 4.7
18 Frank Ramsey 0.804 623 4.9
19 Bob Cousy 0.803 917 6.3
20 Bobby Wanzer 0.801 508 5.4
21 Whitey Skoog 0.799 341 1.7
22 Paul Seymour 0.796 600 3.6
23 Cliff Hagan 0.794 594 5.5
Paul Neumann 0.794 231 2.9
25 Tom Heinsohn 0.789 587 5.3