History beckons for players chasing franchise records


Setting a franchise record is the first step on a basketball player’s road to becoming a certified franchise legend and possibly having his jersey hanging from the rafters. Setting milestones will certainly etch many players’ names in their teams’ folklore and also set personal records that the players themselves can be proud of. The upcoming 2018-19 season is set to produce many changes in franchise records, provided the players chasing these records remain injury-free.

Damian Lillard close to Trail Blazers milestone

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is on course to overtake Terry Porter as the team’s third-highest scorer of all time this season. Lillard is currently on 10,842 points for the Blazers, and he needs only 488 points to tie or eventually overtake Porter’s tally. The All-Star guard has registered 1,500 or more points in the past six seasons and it’s inevitable that he will become the Blazers’ third-highest scorer of all time.

Provided he surpasses the record, he would find himself behind only Clyde Drexler (18,040 points) and LaMarcus Aldridge (12,562) on the Blazers’ all-time scoring list. Last season Lillard scored a total of 1,962 points in 73 regular-season games—if he records 2,000-plus points this upcoming season he could also eclipse Aldridge as the second-best scorer in Blazers history.

Marc Gasol in touching distance of another Grizzlies record

The Memphis Grizzlies’ all-time leader in points, blocks and minutes played, Marc Gasol is on course to set another stats record for the Grizzlies as he focuses on Zach Randolph’s rebounds record. As it stands, Randolph, who is no longer at the franchise, is the all-time leader in rebounds with a total of 5,612. Gasol is currently on 5,487 rebounds and needs only 125 more to tie Randolph’s record. If successful, the center will be become the team’s leader in points, blocks, minutes played and rebounds gathered.

Westbrook poised to eclipse Gary Payton

Russell Westbrook needs 1,023 points to overtake Gary Payton as the Oklahoma City Thunder’s all-time leader in points. Payton recorded 18,207 points during a legendary career with the Seattle Supersonics (now rebranded as the Oklahoma City Thunder), which included All-Star appearances and a trip to The NBA Finals.

Westbrook has accumulated 17,814 points in his Thunder career so far, and is the second-highest scorer in the franchise’s history after having overtaken Kevin Durant’s tally. The 2016-17 NBA MVP recorded 2,000-plus points last season, and is currently recovering from an offseason injury. He could give the record a shot as he has always been one to set historic milestones.

John Wall close to breaking Wes Unseld’s record

Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall is currently the fourth-highest scorer in the franchise’s history. He needs only 408 points to equal Wes Unseld’s record of 10,624 and become the team’s third-highest scorer.

Unseld’s last game for the Wizards was in 1981, and Wall has a chance to match and break the record if he stays injury-free. Another record which may be within reach for Wall is Jeff Malone’s tally of 11,083 points; Wall would need to register more than 867 this season to become the Wizards’ second-highest scorer of all time.

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