List of National Basketball Association franchise career scoring leaders

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a professional men's basketball league, consisting of 30 teams in North America (29 in the United States and one in Canada). The NBA was founded in New York City on June 6, 1946, as the Basketball Association of America (BAA).[1] It adopted the name National Basketball Association at the start of the 1949–50 season when it merged with the National Basketball League (NBL).[1] The NBA is an active member of USA Basketball, which is recognized by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) as the National Governing Body (NGB) for basketball in the country.[2] The league is considered to be one of the four major professional sports leagues of North America.[3] There have been 15 defunct franchises in NBA history.

In basketball, points are the sum of the score accumulated through free throw or field goal.[4] The NBA introduced three-point field goals in the 1979–80 season as a bonus for field goals made from a longer distance.[5][6] Karl Malone scored 36,374 points with the Utah Jazz, the most points by a player for a single franchise.[7] Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's all-time leading scorer, is the Milwaukee Bucks leader with 14,211 points.[8][9] He scored more points with the Los Angeles Lakers (24,176), where he ranks third in Lakers' history.[10] Kobe Bryant leads the Lakers, scoring the most points in the NBA while playing for only one team in a career.[10][11] Dallas Mavericks' leader Dirk Nowitzki is second behind Bryant while only playing for the Mavericks.

Statistics accurate as of the conclusion of the 2013–14 regular season
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
dagger Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration[note 1]
double-dagger Franchise with scoring leader on its current roster
Franchise [note 2] Player Points Ref
Atlanta Hawks[note 3] Wilkins, DominiqueDominique Wilkins* 23,292
[12]
Boston Celtics Havlicek, JohnJohn Havlicek* 26,395
[13]
Brooklyn Nets[note 4] Williams, BuckBuck Williams 10,440
[14]
Charlotte Hornets[note 5] Curry, DellDell Curry 9,839
[15]
Chicago Bulls Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* 29,277
[16]
Cleveland Cavaliersdouble-dagger James, LeBronLeBron James^ 15,251
[17]
Dallas Mavericksdouble-dagger Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki^ 26,786
[18]
Denver Nuggets English, AlexAlex English* 21,645
[19]
Detroit Pistons[note 6] Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* 18,822
[20]
Golden State Warriors[note 7] Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* 17,783
[21]
Houston Rockets[note 8] Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon* 26,511
[22]
Indiana Pacers Miller, ReggieReggie Miller* 25,279
[23]
Los Angeles Clippers[note 9] Smith, RandyRandy Smith 12,735
[24]
Los Angeles Lakersdouble-dagger[note 10] Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant^ 31,700
[10]
Memphis Grizzlies[note 11] Gasol, PauPau Gasol^ 8,966
[25]
Miami Heatdouble-dagger Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade^ 17,481
[26]
Milwaukee Bucks Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar* 14,211
[8]
Minnesota Timberwolves Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett^ 19,041
[27]
New Orleans Pelicans[note 12] West, DavidDavid West^ 8,690
[28]
New York Knicks Ewing, PatrickPatrick Ewing* 23,665
[29]
Oklahoma City Thunder[note 13] Payton, GaryGary Payton* 18,207
[30]
Orlando Magic Howard, DwightDwight Howard^ 11,407
[31]
Philadelphia 76ers[note 14] Greer, HalHal Greer* 21,586
[32]
Phoenix Suns Davis, WalterWalter Davis 15,666
[33]
Portland Trail Blazers Drexler, ClydeClyde Drexler* 18,040
[34]
Sacramento Kings[note 15] Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* 22,009
[35]
San Antonio Spursdouble-dagger Duncan, TimTim Duncan^ 24,904
[36]
Toronto Raptors Bosh, ChrisChris Bosh^ 10,275
[37]
Utah Jazz[note 16] Malone, KarlKarl Malone* 36,374
[38]
Washington Wizards[note 17] Hayes, ElvinElvin Hayes* 15,551
[39]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 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; player was not eligible for induction upon the commencement of the 2013–14 season.
  2. ^ This list only includes active NBA franchises.
  3. ^ Formerly St. Louis Hawks, Milwaukee Hawks, Tri-Cities Blackhawks
  4. ^ Formerly New York Nets, New Jersey Nets
  5. ^ Formerly Charlotte Bobcats
  6. ^ Formerly Fort Wayne Pistons
  7. ^ Formerly San Francisco Warriors, Philadelphia Warriors
  8. ^ Formerly San Diego Rockets
  9. ^ Formerly San Diego Clippers, Buffalo Braves
  10. ^ Formerly Minneapolis Lakers
  11. ^ Formerly Vancouver Grizzlies
  12. ^ Formerly New Orleans Hornets, New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets
  13. ^ Formerly Seattle SuperSonics
  14. ^ Formerly Syracuse Nationals
  15. ^ Formerly Kansas City Kings, Kansas City-Omaha Kings, Cincinnati Royals, Rochester Royals
  16. ^ Formerly New Orleans Jazz
  17. ^ Formerly Washington Bullets, Capital Bullets, Baltimore Bullets, Chicago Zephyrs, Chicago Packers

References[edit]

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  9. ^ "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Info Page". NBA.com. NBA Media Ventures. Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. 
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  13. ^ "Boston Celtics Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ "New Jersey Nets Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Charlotte Hornets Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Chicago Bulls Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Cleveland Cavaliers Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Dallas Maverick Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Denver Nuggets Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Detroit Pistons Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Golden State Warriors Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Houston Rockets Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Indiana Pacers Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Los Angeles Clippers Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Miami Heat Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Minnesota Timberwolves Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  28. ^ "New Orleans Pelicans Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  29. ^ "New York Knicks Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  30. ^ "Oklahoma City Thunder Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  31. ^ "Orlando Magic Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  32. ^ "Philadelphia 76ers Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  33. ^ "Phoenix Suns Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  34. ^ "Portland Trail Blazers Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  35. ^ "Sacramento Kings Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  36. ^ "San Antonio Spurs Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  37. ^ "Toronto Raptors Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  38. ^ "Utah Jazz Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  39. ^ "Washington Wizards Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2012.