NBA Records: Individual Season Records – Fouls Made by Players

Get to know more about the records that were made by the NBA players through the fouls that they made over time. Read to check out the records

Even in basketball, a contact sport, the foul is a fundamental action that can be used in a variety of ways. The most prevalent technique is frequently used in the most stressful games and entails committing a foul to force your opponents to take a free shot in the hopes that they will make a mistake.

Individual Season Record Information – Fouls

  • Darryl Dawkins had 386 personal fouls in 1983–84.
  • Don Meineke, 1952–1953, recorded the most disqualifications with 26.
  • Don Boven, 1951–1952: Six consecutive disqualifications set a record.

Darryl Dawkins set the record for most fouls in a single season when he finished the 1983–84 regular season with 386. In 726 games throughout 14 seasons in the 1970s and 1980s, Darryl averaged 12.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 3.8 fouls. NBA player Darryl R. Dawkins was an American who played basketball professionally from January 11, 1957, until August 27, 2015. He was best remembered for his time spent with the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association, while he also made sporadic appearances with the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz in his later years.

In his 14 years in the NBA, Dawkins averaged double-digit points nine times while frequently leading the league in field goal percentage. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he participated three times in the NBA Finals while a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. For the season, Dawkins had the most fouls in the NBA. Meineke led the Dayton Flyers to an NIT runner-up finish in 1951 with an average of 20.6 points as a junior. As a senior, he led the club to another second-place NIT finish with an average of 21.1 points per game. Meineke was named to the Associated Press second-team All-Americans his senior year.

Meineke, who played for the Fort Wayne Pistons, won the first Rookie of the Year Award given out by the National Basketball Association following the 1952–53 NBA season. In the same season, Meineke led the league in personal fouls and disqualifications. He still holds the NBA single season record for disqualifications with 26, which he had in his debut season. He averaged more than 4.9 personal fouls per game, with 334 in just 68 games.

Donald E. Boven, an American basketball player, coach, and university instructor, passed away on March 10, 2011. He was born on March 6, 1925. He was a star athlete at Western Michigan University and a soldier in World War II. He spent more than 30 years teaching at the university after retiring from professional basketball. Boven stopped working as a teacher in the 1980s, but he continued to be interested in sports and volunteer work in his Michigan township.

Boven was transferred to the Fort Wayne Pistons for the 1952–53 season via the Baltimore Bullets. Despite having significantly worse stats than in prior years, the Pistons nonetheless qualified for the playoffs with a 36-33 record. Boven and the Pistons battled against the Rochester Royals in the Western Division semi-finals, defeating them two games to one. In the Western Conference playoffs, the Pistons fell to George Mikan and the eventual NBA champion Minneapolis Lakers. Boven concluded his professional career with averages of 10.2 points, 2.0 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game in this, his final season in the NBA.

Boven started a long career as a coach and educator at Western Michigan University after leaving the world of professional basketball. He started as an assistant football, basketball, and baseball coach while instructing sports and physical education classes. Boven was also the head coach of the Bronco basketball team during the campaign of 1958–59. The Broncos finished the season 2-20, which was not a very good start for Boven. Boven produced the first of two successful seasons in 1959–60.

Basketball penalties are less spectacular and significant than fouls in other sports, but records can still be kept for this statistic.

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