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NBA most consecutive field goals made streak: Daniel Gafford looks to pass Wilt Chamberlain for all-time record

It’s been a long time since Mavericks big man Daniel Gafford missed a field goal. Now, he’s on the doorstep of NBA history.

Gafford enters Thursday’s primetime game against Oklahoma City just three made field goals away from surpassing Wilt Chamberlain’s 57-year-old record of 35 consecutive field goals made. Gafford’s streak spans five games as his last missed field goal attempt came on March 3.

Since being acquired by the Mavericks at the trade deadline, Gafford has enjoyed the fruits of playing alongside superstar Luka Doncic. In Gafford’s first 14 games with Dallas, he is averaging 10.6 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 78.0 percent from the field.

During the impressive streak, Gafford is averaging 15.0 points and 7.4 rebounds while, of course, shooting 100 percent from the field.

Here’s where Gafford’s ongoing streak stands in comparison to Wilt Chamberlain’s historic mark.

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Most consecutive field goals made in NBA history

While play-by-play tracking did not begin until the 1996-97 season, it is known that Gafford has entered the all-time top three alongside Chamberlain, who owns the first- and third-longest streak, per Mavericks PR.

Most consecutive field goals made, NBA history
Rank Player Dates FGM
1. Wilt Chamberlain 2/17/1967-2/28/1967 35
2. Daniel Gafford 3/5/2024–Present 33
3. Wilt Chamberlain 1/18/1967-1/23/1967 32

As Gafford approaches all-time history, he continues to create distance from the previous record from the modern era. Since the 1996-97 season, no other player has connected on more than 25 consecutive field goals, let alone 30.

Most consecutive field goals made, since 1996-97 NBA season
Rank Player Season FGM
1. Daniel Gafford 2023-24 33
2. Derrick Favors 2019-20 22
3. Nicolas Claxton 2021-22 21
4. DeAndre Jordan 2012-13 20

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Who is Daniel Gafford?

Gafford is a center in his fifth NBA season. He is 25 years old.

A native of El Dorado, Ark., Gafford spent two years at the University of Arkansas before entering the 2019 NBA Draft, where he was selected 38th overall by the Bulls.

In his second NBA season, Gafford was traded to the Wizards as part of a three-team trade. With Washington, Gafford set the record for the highest field goal percentage in a single playoff run (minimum 15 attempts) by shooting 22 of 26 (84.6 percent) from the field. Gafford’s record stood for two seasons before Mason Plumlee shot 14 of 16 (87.5 percent) during the 2023 NBA Playoffs.

The Wizards traded Gafford to the Mavericks on Feb. 8, 2024. In his Mavs debut, Gafford scored 19 points (on 7-of-11 shooting) and pulled down nine rebounds in 17 minutes of action.

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Daniel Gafford Mavericks stats

  • 10.6 points per game
  • 7.0 rebounds per game
  • 2.0 blocks per game
  • 64-of-82 (78.0 percent) field goal shooting
  • 32 dunks
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