Best Moments from the 2022 NBA Season|
The 2022 NBA season had some of the best moments in recent history. Not only were records broken, but players put their names in the history books forever. From Steph Curry doing the unthinkable to a defensive guard making history, the season had it all.
If you're a betting person, the NBA odds would have been astronomical for some of these extraordinary moments to happen.
Jaylen Brown Scores 50
Early in the year, Jaylen Brown made history as only the seventh player to score 50 points in a game in Celtic history. Considering the players that have donned the Celtic Green over the past few decades, Brown is part of a very elite group.
Not only did he score 50, but he was integral to the Celtics coming back against the Magic. He scored 14 points in the last 4 minutes of the 4th, securing the victory and his place in history.
Biggest Celtic Win in Team History
Speaking of the Celtics, the Sacramento Kings were the victims when the C's beat them by the biggest margin in franchise history at home. The 128-75 blowout was one of the best team performances fans had ever seen and proved the Celtics were a team not to be taken lightly.
Kevin Garnett's Retirement
The Big Ticket's retirement was one of the most anticipated events of the year. Kevin Garnett is a living NBA legend and one of the best players the league has ever seen. His retirement party started early, and the volume was through the roof when he stepped onto the court again.
Not only was he integral to numerous Celtic achievements, but he is a player who has inspired dozens, if not hundreds, of stars we have seen since he first stepped onto the court.
Marcus Smart Wins DPOY
Defensive guards don't always get the recognition they deserve. However, Marcus Smart broke that mold when he became the first defensive guard to win Defensive Player of the Year in almost three decades.
The last player to achieve the feat was Gary Payton back in the 1995/96 season, who was also the one to hand Smart his incredibly well-deserved trophy.
Gregg Popovich's Win Record
Gregg Popovich is widely regarded as one of, if not the best, NBA coach of all time. He has been a cornerstone of the Spurs since the 90s, and then the Spurs beat the Utah Jazz; his name went down in the record books.
The Spurs' win took Pop past Don Nelson's record of 1,335 wins. Not only were Spurs fans and players on their feet, but the Jazz applauded and praised the man who has transformed the Spurs and the league in more ways than one.
LeBron James Moves to No.2
LeBron James is arguably the best NBA player of all time, and this past season saw him make that argument even stronger. Even though the Lakers weren’t at their best, James still managed to sink hoop after hoop.
He surpassed Karl Malone's record and took himself to second in the All-Time scoring list. Considering he has potentially multiple seasons left in his career, there is an outside chance that he could even surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's scoring record. This feat would surely end the argument over whether or not he is the best player of all time.
Steph Curry Breaks 3-Point Record
If you have watched Steph Curry play, you would know he is a 3-point scoring machine. He barely misses and seems to be able to score whenever and however he wants. Considered the best shooter of all time, he now has the record to back it up.
In the first quarter against the Knicks, Steph sank his 2,974th 3-pointer, passing the previous record held by Ray Allen.
The 75th Anniversary Team
The NBA had its 75th anniversary last season and marked the event by announcing a dream team made up of players from across the league's history. Members of the 75-man team made an appearance at the All-Star earlier this year.
Some giants that made the cut were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ray Allen, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, Steph Curry, Allen Iverson, and LeBron James, to name a few.