Black Mamba Kobe Bryant is now the third highest point scorer all-time in NBA history and finds himself sandwich between Great Michael Jordan and Karl Malone in the NBA record books. Bryant reached the milestone in his 1,269 games of his superb career – after hitting two free throws during the second quarter of a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Let’s take a look at the Highest Points Scorers In NBA History.
Highest Points Scorers In NBA History
With Kobe Bryant’s career in its twilight and the current fortunes of the Los Angeles Lakers, the focus now shifts more towards where Kobe Bryant the individual will end up in the record books vs. where a Kobe-led team will finish in the standings. And, here goes the list of 25 players who are the Highest Points Scorers In NBA History.
15. Paul Pierce – 26,397 Points
At number 15 in the highest points scorers in NBA history, we have Paul Pierce. He won the championship once, NBA Finals MVP once and was named All-Star 10 times. With 26,397 points in his career, he is one of the leading point scorers in NBA.
14. Tim Duncan – 26,496 Points
At number 14 in the list of highest points scorers in NBA history, we have Tim Duncan. He is the greatest power forwards of all time having won five championships, two MVP, three NBA Finals MVP and was All-Star 15 times. He also scored a staggering 26,496 points.
13. Dominique Wilkins – 26,668 Points
At number 13 in the list of highest points scorers in NBA history, we have Dominique Wilkins. NBA Hall of Famer, Dominique is viewed as one of the greatest dunkers of all time and was called “The Human Highlight Reel”. In his glittering career, he scored 26,668 points to become one of NBA best scorers.
12. Oscar Robertson – 26,710 Points
At number 12, we have Oscar Robertson. He is the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season. Despite fighting racism all throughout his high school and college career, he became one of the greatest players of all-time scoring 26,710 points.
11. Hakeem Olajuwon – 26,946 Points
At number 11 in the list of highest points scorers in NBA history, we have Hakeem Olajuwon. He is also among the best centres of all time. Olajuwon was MVP once and NBA Finals MVP twice. He scored 26,946 points in his entire career.
10. Elvin Hayes – 27,313 Points
At number 10 in the list of highest points scorers in NBA history, we have Elvin Hayes. One of the best players in NBA history, he has scored 27,313 points in his career. He also averaged 12.5 rebounds a game in his entire career.
9. Moses Malone – 27,409 Points
At number 9 in the list of highest points scorers in NBA history, we have Moses Malone. A Hall of Famer, he was MVP thrice and All-Star 12 times. With 27,409 points he is among the best scorers of all time. With 17,834 rebounds he is third in all-time total rebounds list.
8. Shaquille O’Neal – 28,596 Points
At number 8 in the list of highest points scorers in NBA history, we have Shaquille O’Neal. He was one of the heaviest players to ever play among the best teams in NBA and used his size to become one of the best centres of all time. He is among top 10 scorers NBA history and scored 28,596 points.
7. Wilt Chamberlain – 31,419 Points
At number 7 in the list of highest points scorers in NBA history, we have Wilt Chamberlain. One of the best NBA scorers of all time, he is the only player to score 100 points in a game and average 40-50 points in a season. As a centre, he is one of the best of all time with several records in rebounding and scoring. Overall he scored 31,419 points.
6. Dirk Nowitzki – 31,560 Points
At number 6 is 41-year old Dirk Nowitzki, who is also one of the oldest NBA players currently in action. He was one of the best power forwards in history and the first European to start an All-Star game and receive the MVP award. One of the most prolific scorers of all time, he has one of the best NBA career stats of all time. He scored 31,560 points in his career.
5. Michael Jordan – 32,292 Points
At number 5 in the list of highest points scorers in NBA history, we have Michael Jordan. The greatest basketball player of all time, his persona transcends his on-court stats not that they were shabby. And who doesn’t know the basketball guy wearing the coolest Air-Jordan sneakers in the movie “Space Jam”. He has scored 32,292 points in his career and is also the top NBA playoff scorers and won most NBA scoring titles.
4. LeBron James – 32,543 Points
At number 4 is LeBron James. With NBA titles, 4 MVP, 3 Finals MVP and 15 All-Star, he is the Jordan of today’s basketball. Apart from being one of the basketball players with the highest net worth, he is among the top 10 players in NBA history and has scored 32,543 points to date.
3. Kobe Bryant – 33,643 Points
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At number 3 in the list of highest points scorers in NBA history, we have Kobe Bryant. With a 20 year career, he remained loyal to Lakers who gave him the opportunity to play straight out of high school. In his glittering career, he notched up 33,643 points and is one of the greatest basketball players in NBA in the modern era.
2. Karl Malone – 36,928 Points
At number 2 in the list of highest points scorers in NBA history, we have Karl Malone. He is one of the most followed NBA players on Twitter. Karl is among NBA all-time leading scorers as he notched up 36,928 career points. He was MVP twice, All-star 14 times and 11 times member of All-NBA first team.
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 38,387 Points
As we all know, he is one of the NBA players diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. At number 1 in Leading Points Scorers NBA History is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He is hands down the greatest college basketball player of all time having won three national championships thrice and being named the MVP thrice. He is also the highest points scorer in NBA history with 38,387 points in total.
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