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This article provides a list of National Basketball Association players by total career regular season points scored.

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The surliest scorer in league history, Oscar Robertson is in the most unenviable position for an NBA Legend — he’s underrated because many fans and pundits believe that he’s not as good as his numbers made him out to be, but they can’t denigrate him too much because, you know, he averaged a triple-double for an entire season.
It’s obvious you were the best rebounder ever.’ He says, ‘Well, I disagree with you.’ I asked how he could, and Wilt said, ‘In the playoffs, you averaged 24.9 a game and I was 24.5, and that’s where the toughest rebounds are, because you’re always playing against the better teams.
Nowitzki, who has also passed Kevin Garnett, Alex English, Jerry West, and Reggie Miller on the all-time list this season, needs a little over 200 points to leapfrog another spot in the record books.
The Dream was an immediate impact, averaging over 20 points and 11 rebounds in his rookie season (although rookie of the year went to Jordan, not a bad player himself).
Kareem, who averaged 24.3 points per game over his entire career, was so great for so long that he picked up an NBA Finals MVP in 70-71, then grabbed another one in 1985.
Averaging an impressive 25.5 points per game for his career, Kobe has made a ton of baskets during his time with the Association.
Over Malone’s eighteen seasons with the Jazz — all of them with Stockton, who had been drafted a year earlier — he averaged 25.4 points and never scored less than 1,200 a season.
After moving in to the #12 spot back in March with 31 points in a win over the hapless Utah Jazz, Dirk Nowitzki displaced Oscar Robertson as the 10th highest all-time scorer in the NBA.
Nowitzki, who has spent his entire career as the centerpiece of the Dallas Mavericks franchise, is one of only two active players to be in the top twelve, let alone the top ten, and the only one who might make it into the playoffs at the end of this season.
Bryant, who has played his entire career in Forum purple and gold, came straight out of high school to play for the Lakers after growing up in Italy, where his dad, a sometime NBA player, was playing professionally.
Wilt Chamberlain holds the records for most points scored in a single season, most points scored in a game, and most points scored in a half, as well as the top three spots for points per game over a season.
The history making shot came on an 18 foot jumper from right wing — a place where many of Dirk’s points have come from since Nowitzki entered the NBA, going 9th overall in the 1998 NBA Draft after making waves in international ball.
But lying beneath his six-time Rebound Leader status is eleven years of 20 plus points per game, including one season (’81-’82) where he finished with over 31.
Coming into the league with Lew Alcindor, who would later change his name to something a lot more famous, Hayes managed to lead the league in scoring (once), rebounds (twice), minutes per game (twice) and played (twice).
Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki, Ray Allen, Tim Duncan, Paul Pierce, Vince Carter and LeBron James are the only other active players who have scored more than 20,000 career points.
Hard to believe the greatest player to ever lace them up isn’t the greatest scorer of all time.
He has the best post game of any guard currently in the NBA, his mid range shot is perhaps the best since Jordan’s, and his long range game is actually better than Jordan’s (34% career 3pt shooter).
Gervin currently ranks 13th on the all time scorers list, and his 25.1 ppg are excellent for anybody.
Jordan may not have been the greatest scorer ever, but he certainly was great on that side of the ball.
His array of dunks, lay ups, mid range shots, post game, etc, was the greatest ever witnessed.
A great scorer, and an all time great player.
Realistically, he could also challenge All Time Scoring Leader Kareem Abdul Jabbar by the time Bryant’s career is over.
High Volume and efficient scorers like Michael Jordan, low volume, inefficient scorers like Allen Iverson, but scorers nonetheless.
He currently ranks 15th all time on the scorers list.
Kobe Bryant might very well be the most all round player the game has seen since Michael Jordan.
Gus Gerard 2158   Mike Butler 2158   David Thompson* 2158 135.
Dave DeBusschere* 14053   Jerry Lucas* 14053 163.
Jerry Lucas* 14053   Dave DeBusschere* 14053 155.
Vinnie Johnson 11825   Jerome Kersey 11825 239.
Baron Davis 13447   Cliff Hagan* 13447 171.
Seven of those seasons have come within the past nine years, and just two years ago — during his last full season before he missed all but six games last year after he suffered a torn Achilles tendon and knee fracture — Bryant scored 2,133 points (just 96 fewer than that 2,229-point average Bryant would over each of the next three years to catch Abdul-Jabaar).
To pass Abdul-Jabaar, Bryant would have to play three more seasons while averaging slightly less points — 2,229 — per season to score the 6,688 total points he needs to become the highest scorer ever.
It’s one of the key things that helped Bryant (at 34 years and 104 days) become the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points.
Standing in fourth-place on the league’s all-time scoring list with 31,700 points, Bryant is the present leader among active NBA scorers, and if he remains healthy enough, he could pass Michael Jordan’s 32,292 points to move into third place by around the middle of December.
But if his Achilles tendons, knees and every other main body part hold up long enough, and if Bryant can keep scoring at the rate he has in recent years, for at least another three seasons, there could very well be a new Laker at the top of the all-time scoring list.
Since the Lakers are cap-strapped with low expectations for team success next season, there isn’t much reason for Bryant to subjugate his own game, the number of shots he takes or the points he scores in favor of his teammates.
Career Totals in the Playoffs – Top 50 Player Points Playoffs Games FGM FGA 3PM 3PA FTM FTA 1.
List with the stats for the top 50 players with the most career total points in the Playoffs in NBA history.
Clyde Drexler 2,963 15 145 1,076 2,408 141 489 670 851 Player Points Playoffs Games FGM FGA 3PM 3PA FTM FTA 26.
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Career Totals in the Regular Season – Top 50 Player Points Seasons Games FGM FGA 3PM 3PA FTM FTA 1.
List with the stats for the top 50 players with the most career total points in the Regular Season in NBA history.
Faulting statistics for Bird not being on the list is like saying that baseball’s ERA is misleading because Willie Mays isn’t in the Top 15 of any major pitching stat.
Just because Larry Bird was a better all-around player and a legend, doesn’t mean that the statistics are misleading.
He was certainly one of the all-time greats, but, as far as steals go, Blaylock was, for his time, second only to Gary Payton for defensive point guards.
Mookie Blaylock was, by far, a better defender than Larry Bird — without question.
Says something about the danger of relying too much on statistics, which recognize Mookie Blaylock and Shawn Bradley, over performance.
 All Time Leaders: Points Per Game   Player G FG FT PTS PPG   1.
Chiney Ogwumike 31 196 88 480 15.5   17.
Elena Delle Donne 46 263 241 829 18.0   9.
Tina Charles 164 1,164 504 2,833 17.3   12.
Nneka Ogwumike 100 574 324 1,478 14.8   21.
Tina Thompson 496 2,630 1,480 7,488 15.1   19.
Sheryl Swoopes 324 1,828 949 4,875 15.0   20.
Sophia Young-Malcolm 267 1,508 865 3,908 14.6   22.
Skylar Diggins 66 321 261 955 14.5   23.
Brittney Griner 61 358 156 872 14.3   24.
Deanna Nolan 293 1,476 679 3,971 13.6   28.
Yolanda Griffith 311 1,503 1,232 4,238 13.6   30.
Glory Johnson 96 456 399 1,312 13.7   28.
Alana Beard 291 1,486 747 3,983 13.7   26.
Epiphanny Prince 151 707 485 2,125 14.1   26.
Nykesha Sales 278 1,481 641 3,955 14.2   25.
Candice Dupree 282 1,722 811 4,281 15.2   18.
Lauren Jackson 317 2,090 1,391 6,007 18.9   5.
Sylvia Fowles 186 1,127 672 2,927 15.7   16.
Angel McCoughtry 189 1,270 973 3,662 19.4   4.
Diana Taurasi 334 2,171 1,569 6,722 20.1   3.
Cynthia Cooper 124 802 758 2,601 21.0   2.
Cappie Pondexter 295 1,929 1,192 5,453 18.5   7.
Seimone Augustus 248 1,843 675 4,584 18.5   5.
Odyssey Sims 34 201 120 569 16.7   13.
Maya Moore 136 891 400 2,447 18.0   7.
Chamique Holdsclaw 279 1,825 991 4,716 16.9   13.
Tamika Catchings 393 2,114 1,773 6,554 16.7   15.
Lisa Leslie 363 2,332 1,477 6,263 17.3   10.
Candace Parker 179 1,211 664 3,170 17.7   10.
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He played the all star game 14 times, and in 15 seasons that had 2 retirements between them scored 32,292 points in 1072 games, averaging 30.12 points per game, the highest scoring average of all time.
The man formerly known as Lew Alcindor, Kareem is the greatest scorer of all time in the NBA, with 38,387 points, playing 1560 games and averaging 24.6 points per game, 14th best all time.
He won the scoring title in his first season, averaging 28.4 points per game in the 1968-1969 season.
Olajuwon averaged 21 points or more in his first 13 seasons, with his best stretch coming between 1993-1996, averaging 27 points per game during that stretch, in which he also won his two NBA titles and the 1994 MVP.
Robertson spent ten seasons with the Royals, never scoring below 24.7 points per game and averaging an amazing triple double in the 1961-1962 seasons – 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game.
Between them came 17 seasons in which Karl Malone never scored below 20.6 points per game and scored over 27 points per game 8 times, including 31 points per game in the 1989-1990 season.
He played six seasons in Houston and in his final season there scored 31.1 points per game.
Malone played in the NBA for 19 seasons, and scored below 20 points per game only in his first and last.
His best scoring season was 1994-1995, when he averaged 27.8 points per game en route to a second straight NBA title.
He led the league in scoring seven times and he even led it once in assists! His most famous record is his single game scoring record, the famous 100 points game on March 2, 1962, as a player of the Philadelphia Warriors against the New York Knicks.
 Jordan ended his career with six NBA championships, six NBA Finals MVP's and the record for most career points per game with 30.12 and most career playoff points per game with 33.45.  On the endorsement side, no one has been able to touch the Jordan brand.
 But he won 7 NBA scoring titles, and is the only player ever to have done the following: score 100 points in one game, average 30 points and 20 rebounds in a season, average more than 40 and 50 points in a season.
 He's a 14 time all star, a two time league MVP, and appeared in the playoffs every season of his career.
McDermott, who plays for Creighton University, has recently entered into the top 10 list of all-time NCAA basketball scoring leaders when he scored 29 points against Seton Hall on February 23 to pass Alfredrick Hughes of Loyola Chicago, who played college basketball in the early 1980s.
In his final two seasons, the 6’10” forward/center earned first team All-American honors twice, which included earning the Naismith Award, Wooden Award, NABC Award and NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Award in his senior season.
Nowitzki passed Reggie Miller (25,279 points) for 15th on the NBA scoring list, with the 35-year-old in his 16th season scoring 35 points against the Rockets on Nov. is part of Turner Sports Digital, part of the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network.
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1238 games, career 21.8 ppg – Far and away, Hakeem Olajuwon is the leader in points scored amongst international players in NBA history.
After scoring 1333 points, his highest total in four seasons, O’Neal is now #5 on the all-time list having surpassed Dominique Wilkins, Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes, Oscar Robertson, and international player Hakeem Olajuwon.
678 games, 12.3ppg – After several seasons as a reserve with the Sacremento Kings, Hedo Türkoğlu found himself in Orlando, averaging career highs and having a breakout season leading the Magic to the NBA Finals.
Over his seven-year NBA career, Okur has kept relatively injury-free, playing no less than 71 games a season while putting up 13.9 points per game over 531 games.
678 games, 14.7ppg (98-99) – Rony Seikaly is one of those forgotten international players that played in the 1990s without much notice.
707 games, 14.3ppg – After a couple years dealing with injuries at the start of his career, the 7-3 center from Lithuania has been toiling in Cleveland through the ups (this year) and downs (pre-LeBron).
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In 2012, Nike, with whom LeBron James has been affiliated with since singing his initial seven-year contract with the company (worth 90 million U.S. dollars), generated 300 million U.S. dollars in retail sales with LeBron James’ signature shoes in the United States.
Bryant, who has played his whole professional career with the Los Angeles Lakers, has won five NBA championships and has scored more than 31,600 points in NBA regular season games, good for fourth place on the career scoring list.
In comparison, the signature shoes of Kobe Bryant, who also is under contract with Nike, generated about 50 million U.S. dollars in store sales in the U.S. in 2012.
Michael Jordan, who has won six championships with the Chicago Bulls and has scored more than 32,000 points in regular season play, has turned his name into one of the most iconic sports brands in the world with the easy recognizable Jumpman logo.
Some former and current players such as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James have become global sports icons due to their on-court success and strong marketing.
Hakeem Olajuwon 21.8 ALL-TIME NBA REBOUND LEADERS (RPG) 1.
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meanwhile michael jordan only played roughly 14 years in the league and managed to score 13 points shy of 6,000 point total in playoff history.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan and Shaquille O’Neal are all among the playoff leaders in points, rebounds and blocks.
Chamberlain holds many NBA records, including a 100 point four quarter game in 1962.
Rookie of the Year when he entered the league in 1969, Abdul-Jabbar would go on to win 6 NBA Championships.
First overall draft pick and Rookie of the Year in 1993, Shaq was also the 2000 NBA MVP.
Malone played in the NBA finals twice against the Chicago Bulls in 1997 and 1998.
Five times named the league’s MVP, Jordan won 6 NBA Championships with the Chicago Bulls.
this is not a good stat, in my opinion, and while I’m glad it shows how efficient Adrian Dantley was (one of the most underrated players of all time), I don’t think you should use it to rank the greatest scorers of all time.
He joins a fun list with Moses Malone and Oscar Robertson of being players that earned pretty much all of their net points via free throws.
If we are base-lining things to the 80′s then it helps players like shaq / barkley / malone but hurts players like bryant / allen for bad shooting as well as jabar / gilmore for less fga’s.
It is worth noting that all of these players, with the exception of Artis Gilmore, are top 100 scorers via point total.
The NBA’s all-time scoring leader, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, played 14 seasons in Los Angeles, and Karl Malone – the second-leading scorer in league history – finished his career with the Lakers.
Jordan played three years of college basketball and took a mid-career hiatus to try his hand at baseball; Chamberlain played two seasons at Kansas and one with the Harlem Globetrotters before making his NBA debut.
He has already played more games than Michael Jordan – third on the all-time scoring list – or Wilt Chamberlain – who is fourth.