List of National Basketball Association career free throw scoring leaders

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This article provides two lists:

A list of National Basketball Association players by total career regular season free throws made.
A progressive list of free throws made leaders showing how the record has increased through the years.[1]

Free Throws Made Leaders[edit]

This is a list of National Basketball Association players by total career regular season free throws made.

Statistics accurate as of the conclusion of the 2014-15 season
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration[2]
§ 2016 Hall of Fame Candidate with over 50 win shares* [3]
  • Win Shares - An estimate of the number of wins contributed by a player.
Rank Player Position(s) Team(s) played for (years)[4] Total free throws
made
Total free throws
attempted
Free throw
percentage
1 Malone, KarlKarl Malone* PF Utah Jazz (19852003)
Los Angeles Lakers (2003–2004)
9,787 13,188 .742
2 Malone, MosesMoses Malone* C Buffalo Braves (1976)
Houston Rockets (19761982)
Philadelphia 76ers (19821986, 1993–1994)
Washington Bullets (19861988)
Atlanta Hawks (19881991)
Milwaukee Bucks (19911993)
San Antonio Spurs (1994–1995)
8,531 11,090 .769
3 Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant^ SG Los Angeles Lakers (1996–present) 8,146 9,730 .837
4 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* PG Cincinnati Royals (19601970)
Milwaukee Bucks (19701974)
7,694 9,185 .838
5 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* SG Chicago Bulls (19841993, 19951998)
Washington Wizards (20012003)
7,327 8,772 .835
6 West, JerryJerry West* SG Los Angeles Lakers (19601974) 7,160 8,801 .814
7 Pierce, PaulPaul Pierce^ SF Boston Celtics (19982013)
Brooklyn Nets (20132014)
Washington Wizards (2014–present)
6,854 8,499 .806
8 Dantley, AdrianAdrian Dantley* SF Buffalo Braves (1976–1977)
Indiana Pacers (1977)
Los Angeles Lakers (19771979)
Utah Jazz (19791986)
Detroit Pistons (19861989)
Dallas Mavericks (19891990)
Milwaukee Bucks (1991)
6,832 8,351 .818
9 Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki^ PF Dallas Mavericks (1998–present) 6,756 7,689 .879
10-(T) Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar*[5] C Milwaukee Bucks (19691975)
Los Angeles Lakers (19751989)
6,712 9,304 .721
10-(T) Schayes, DolphDolph Schayes* PF Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers (19491964) 6,712 7,904 .849
12 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson § SG/PG Philadelphia 76ers (19962006, 2009–2010)
Denver Nuggets (20062008)
Detroit Pistons (2008–2009)
Memphis Grizzlies (2009)
6,375 8,168 .780
13 Barkley, CharlesCharles Barkley* PF Philadelphia 76ers (19841992)
Phoenix Suns (19921996)
Houston Rockets (19962000)
6,349 8,643 .735
14 Miller, ReggieReggie Miller* SG Indiana Pacers (19872005) 6,237 7,026 .888
15 Pettit, BobBob Pettit* PF Milwaukee/St. Louis Hawks (19541965) 6,182 8,119 .761
16 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* C Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors (19591965)
Philadelphia 76ers (19651968)
Los Angeles Lakers (19681973)
6,057 11,862 .511
17 Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson* C San Antonio Spurs (19892003) 6,035 8,201 .736
18 Wilkins, DominiqueDominique Wilkins* SF Atlanta Hawks (19821994)
Los Angeles Clippers (1994)
Boston Celtics (1994–1995)
San Antonio Spurs (1996–1997)
Orlando Magic (1999)
6,031 7,438 .811
19 O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal C Orlando Magic (19921996)
Los Angeles Lakers (19962004)
Miami Heat (20042008)
Phoenix Suns (20082009)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2009–2010)
Boston Celtics (2010–2011)
5,935 11,252 .527
20 Duncan, TimTim Duncan^ PF/C San Antonio Spurs (1997–present) 5,804 8,337 .696
21 Baylor, ElginElgin Baylor* PF/SF Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers (19581971) 5,763 7,391 .780
22 James, LeBronLeBron James^ SF Cleveland Cavaliers (20032010, 2014-present)
Miami Heat (20102014)
5,757 7,730 .745
23 Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon*[6] C Houston Rockets (19842001)
Toronto Raptors (2001–2002)
5,423 7,621 .712
24 Wilkens, LennyLenny Wilkens* PG St. Louis Hawks (19601968)
Seattle SuperSonics (19681972)
Cleveland Cavaliers (19721974)
Portland Trail Blazers (1974–1975)
5,394 6,973 .774
25 Ewing, PatrickPatrick Ewing* C New York Knicks (19852000)
Seattle SuperSonics (2000–2001)
Orlando Magic (2001–2002)
5,392 7,289 .740
26 Havlicek, JohnJohn Havlicek* SF Boston Celtics (19621978) 5,369 6,589 .815
27 Hayes, ElvinElvin Hayes* PF San Diego/Houston Rockets (19681972)
Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets (19721981)
Houston Rockets (19811984)
5,356 7,999 .670
28 Anthony, CarmeloCarmelo Anthony^ SF Denver Nuggets (20032011)
New York Knicks (2011–present)
5,114 6,307 .811
29 Bellamy, WaltWalt Bellamy* C Chicago Packers/Zephyrs//Baltimore Bullets (19611965)
New York Knicks (19651968)
Detroit Pistons (19681970)
Atlanta Hawks (19701974)
New Orleans Jazz (1974)
5,113 8,088 .632
30 Walker, ChetChet Walker* SF Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers (19621969)
Chicago Bulls (19691975)
5,079 6,384 .796
31 Chambers, TomTom Chambers PF San Diego Clippers (19811983)
Seattle SuperSonics (19831988)
Phoenix Suns (19881993)
Utah Jazz (19931995)
Charlotte Hornets (1997)
Philadelphia 76ers (1997)
5,066 6,274 .807
32 Arizin, PaulPaul Arizin* SF Philadelphia Warriors (19501962) 5,010 6,189 .810
33 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* PG Los Angeles Lakers (19791991, 1996) 4,960 5,850 .848
34 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett^ PF/C Minnesota Timberwolves (19952007, 2015–present)
Boston Celtics (20072013)
Brooklyn Nets (20132015)
4,873 6,169 .790
35 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade^ SG Miami Heat (2003–present) 4,863 6,354 .765
36 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* PG Utah Jazz (19842003) 4,788 5,796 .826
37 Howell, BaileyBailey Howell* SF Detroit Pistons (19591964)
Baltimore Bullets (19641966)
Boston Celtics (19661970)
Philadelphia 76ers (1970–1971)
4,740 6,224 .762
38 Free, World B.World B. Free[7] PG Philadelphia 76ers (19751978, 1987)
San Diego Clippers (19781980)
Golden State Warriors (19801982)
Cleveland Cavaliers (19821986)
Houston Rockets (1987–1988)
4,718 6,264 .753
39 Drexler, ClydeClyde Drexler* SG Portland Trail Blazers (19831995)
Houston Rockets (19951998)
4,698 5,962 .788
40 Archibald, Nate "Tiny"Nate "Tiny" Archibald* PG Cincinnati Royals/Kansas City(-Omaha) Kings (19701976)
New York Nets (1976–1977)
Boston Celtics (19781983)
Milwaukee Bucks (1983–1984)
4,664 5,760 .810
41 Theus, ReggieReggie Theus SG Chicago Bulls (19781984)
Kansas City/Sacramento Kings (19841988)
Atlanta Hawks (1988–1989)
Orlando Magic (1989–1990)
New Jersey Nets (1990–1991)
4,663 5,644 .826
42 Stackhouse, JerryJerry Stackhouse SG Philadelphia 76ers (19951997)
Detroit Pistons (19972002)
Washington Wizards (20022004)
Dallas Mavericks (20042009)
Milwaukee Bucks (2010)
Miami Heat (2010)
Atlanta Hawks (2011–2012)
Brooklyn Nets (2012–2013)
4,649 5,659 .822
43 Cousy, BobBob Cousy* PG Boston Celtics (19501963)
Cincinnati Royals (1970)
4,624 5,756 .803
44 Maggette, CoreyCorey Maggette SF Orlando Magic (1999–2000)
Los Angeles Clippers (20002008)
Golden State Warriors (20082010)
Milwaukee Bucks (2010–2011)
Charlotte Bobcats (2011–2012)
Detroit Pistons (2012)
4,605 5,599 .822
45 Carter, VinceVince Carter^ SG Toronto Raptors (19982004)
New Jersey Nets (20042009)
Orlando Magic (20092010)
Phoenix Suns (2010–2011)
Dallas Mavericks (20112014)
Memphis Grizzlies (2014–present)
4,596 5,751 .799
46 Greer, HalHal Greer* SG Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers (19581973) 4,578 5,717 .801
47 Richmond, MitchMitch Richmond* SG Golden State Warriors (19881991)
Sacramento Kings (19911998)
Washington Wizards (19982001)
Los Angeles Lakers (2001–2002)
4,561 5,365 .850
48 Gervin, GeorgeGeorge Gervin* SG San Antonio Spurs (19761985)
Chicago Bulls (1985–1986)
4,541 5,383 .844
49 Billups, ChaunceyChauncey Billups PG Boston Celtics (1997–1998)
Toronto Raptors (1998)
Denver Nuggets (1999, 20082011)
Minnesota Timberwolves (20002002)
Detroit Pistons (20022008, 2013–2014)
New York Knicks (2011)
Los Angeles Clippers (20112013)
4,496 5,029 .894
50 Schrempf, DetlefDetlef Schrempf SF Dallas Mavericks (19851989)
Indiana Pacers (19891993)
Seattle SuperSonics (19931999)
Portland Trail Blazers (19992001)
4,486 5,585 .803

Progressive List of Career Free Throw Leaders[edit]

This is a progressive list of free throw scoring leaders showing how the record has increased through the years.

Statistics accurate as of the end of the games of April 15, 2015.
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration
§ 2016 Hall of Fame Candidate with over 50 win shares* [3]
  • Win Shares - An estimate of the number of wins contributed by a player.
Team Abbreviations Team listed is the one player was on when he established the record.
BOS Boston Celtics HOU Houston Rockets MNL Minneapolis Lakers SDC San Diego Clippers
BUF Buffalo Braves IND Indiana Pacers NOJ New Orleans Jazz SFW San Francisco Warriors
CHI Chicago Bulls KCO Kansas City-Omaha Kings OKC Oklahoma City Thunder STL St. Louis Hawks
CIN Cincinnati Royals LAC Los Angeles Clippers PHI Philadelphia 76ers SYR Syracuse Nationals
CLE Cleveland Cavaliers LAL Los Angeles Lakers PHW Philadelphia Warriors UTA Utah Jazz
DEN Denver Nuggets MIA Miami Heat POR Portland Trail Blazers WSB Washington Bullets
DET Detroit Pistons MIL Milwaukee Bucks SAS San Antonio Spurs
Free Throw Leader at the end of every season
Season Year-by-Year FT Active Player FT Career Record FT Single Season Record FT Season
1946-47 Joe Fulks*000PHW 439 Joe Fulks*000PHW 439 Joe Fulks*000PHW 439 Joe Fulks*000PHW 439 1946-47
1947-48 297 736 736 1947-48
1948-49 George Mikan*000MNL 532 1238 1238 George Mikan*000MNL 532 1948-49
1949-50 567 1531 1531 567 1949-50
1950-51 576 1909 1909 576 1950-51
1951-52 Paul Arizin*000PHW 578 2159 2159 Paul Arizin*000PHW 578 1951-52
1952-53 Neil Johnston*000PHW 556 George Mikan*000MNL 2550 George Mikan*000MNL 2550 1952-53
1953-54 577 2974 2974 1953-54
1954-55 589 Ed Macauley*000BOS 2703 Neil Johnston*000PHW 589 1954-55
1955-56 Bob Pettit*000STL 557 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 3206 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 3206 1955-56
1956-57 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 625 3831 3831 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 625 1956-57
1957-58 George Yardley*000DET 655 4460 4460 George Yardley*000DET 655 1957-58
1958-59 Bob Pettit*000STL 667 4986 4986 Bob Pettit*000STL 667 1958-59
1959-60 Jack Twyman*000CIN 598 5519 5519 1959-60
1960-61 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 680 6199 6199 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 680 1960-61
1961-62 Wilt Chamberlain*000PHW 835 6485 6485 Wilt Chamberlain*000PHW 835 1961-62
1962-63 Bob Pettit*000STL 685 6666 6666 1962-63
1963-64 Oscar Robertson*000CIN 800 6712 6712 1963-64
1964-65 665 Bob Pettit*000STL 6182 1964-65
1965-66 Jerry West*000LAL 840 Oscar Robertson*
000CIN 1965-70
000MIL 1970-74
4174 Jerry West*000LAL 840 1965-66
1966-67 Rick Barry*000SFW 753 4910 1966-67
1967-68 Oscar Robertson*000CIN 576 5486 1967-68
1968-69 643 6129 1968-69
1969-70 Jerry West*000LAL 647 6583 1969-70
1970-71 Dave Bing*000DET 615 6968 Oscar Robertson*000MIL 6968 1970-71
1971-72 Tiny Archibald*0CIN 1971–72
000KCO 1972-73
677 7244 7244 1971-72
1972-73 663 7482 7482 1972-73
1973-74 Gail Goodrich*000LAL 508 7694 7694 1973-74
1974-75 Tiny Archibald*000KCO 652 Lenny Wilkens*000POR 5394 1974-75
1975-76 Bob McAdoo*000BUF 559 John Havlicek*000BOS 4904 1975-76
1976-77 Pete Maravich*000NOJ 501 5139 1976-77
1977-78 Adrian Dantley*000LAL 541 5369 1977-78
1978-79 World B. Free000SDC 654 Gail Goodrich*000NOJ 4319 1978-79
1979-80 572 Elvin Hayes*
000WSB 1979–81
000HOU 1981–83
4523 1979-80
1980-81 Adrian Dantley*000UTA 632 4794 1980-81
1981-82 648 5074 1981-82
1982-83 Moses Malone*000PHI 600 5270 1982-83
1983-84 Adrian Dantley*000UTA 813 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*000LAL 5515 1983-84
1984-85 Moses Malone*000PHI 737 5804 1984-85
1985-86 Adrian Dantley*000UTA 630 6140 1985-86
1986-87 Michael Jordan*000CHI 833 6385 1986-87
1987-88 723 Moses Malone*
000WSB 1987–88
000ATL 1988–91
000MIL 1991-93
000PHI 1993–94
000SAS 1994–95
6636 1987-88
1988-89 Karl Malone*000UTA 703 7197 1988-89
1989-90 696 7690 1989-90
1990-91 684 7999 Moses Malone*
000ATL 1990–91
000MIL 1991-93
000PHI 1993–94
000SAS 1994–95
7999 1990-91
1991-92 673 8395 8395 1991-92
1992-93 619 8419 8419 1992-93
1993-94 David Robinson*000SAS 693 8509 8509 1993-94
1994-95 656 8531 8531 1994-95
1995-96 626 Karl Malone*
000UTA 1995-2003
000LAL 2003-04
5984 1995-96
1996-97 Karl Malone*000UTA 521 6505 1996-97
1997-98 628 7133 1997-98
1998-99 378 7511 1998-99
1999-00 Jerry Stackhouse 000DET 618 8100 1999-00
2000-01 666 8636 Karl Malone*
000UTA 2000-2003
000LAL 2003-04
8636 2000-01
2001-02 Tim Duncan^000SAS 560 9145 9145 2001-02
2002-03 Paul Pierce^000BOS 604 9619 9619 2002-03
2003-04 Corey Maggette 000LAC 526 9787 9787 2003-04
2004-05 Allen Iverson §000PHI 656 Reggie Miller*000IND 6237 2004-05
2005-06 Kobe Bryant^000LAL 696 Shaquille O'Neal 000MIA 5147 2005-06
2006-07 667 Allen Iverson §
000PHI 2006
000DEN 2006–08
000DET 2008–09
5355 2006-07
2007-08 Allen Iverson §00DEN 645 6000 2007-08
2008-09 LeBron James^000CLE 594 6271 2008-09
2009-10 Kevin Durant^000OKC 756 Kobe Bryant^000LAL 6543 2009-10
2010-11 594 7026 2010-11
2011-12 Kevin Durant^000OKC 431 7407 2011-12
2012-13 679 7932 2012-13
2013-14 703 7950 2013-14
2014-15 James Harden^000HOU 715 8146 2014-15
Season Year-by-Year FT Active Player FT Career Record FT Single Season Record FT Season

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NBA Progressive Leaders and Records for Free Throws". Basketball-Reference.com. Sports-Reference. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  2. ^ A player is not eligible for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame until he has been fully retired for five calendar years or is deceased; player was not eligible for induction upon the commencement of the 2015–16 NBA season.
  3. ^ a b "2016 Hall of Fame Candidates". Basketball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  4. ^ American Basketball Association (ABA) teams other than those admitted into the NBA in 1976 are not included; each year is linked to an article about that particular NBA season.
  5. ^ Known as Lew Alcindor prior to May 1, 1971.
  6. ^ Previously written as Akeem Olajuwon prior to official spelling change March 9, 1991.
  7. ^ Known as Lloyd Free prior to December 8, 1981.

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