List of National Basketball Association season scoring leaders

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Michael Jordan won ten scoring titles in his career.

In basketball, points are the sum of the score accumulated through free throws or field goals.[1] The National Basketball Association's (NBA) scoring title is awarded to the player with the highest points per game average in a given season. The scoring title was originally determined by total points scored through the 1968–69 season, after which points per game was used to determine the leader instead.[2] Players who earned scoring titles before the 1979–80 season did not record any three-point field goals because the three-point line was first implemented in the NBA during that season.[3][4] To qualify for the scoring title, the player must appear in at least 70 games (out of 82) or have at least 1,400 points. These have been the entry criteria since the 1974–75 season.[5]

Wilt Chamberlain holds the all-time records for total points scored (4,029) and points per game (50.4) in a season; both records were achieved in the 1961–62 season.[6] He also holds the rookie records for points per game when he averaged 37.6 points in the 1959–60 season.[6] Among active players, Kobe Bryant has the highest point total (2,832) and the highest scoring average (35.4) in a season; both were achieved in the 2005–06 season.

Michael Jordan has won the most scoring titles, with ten.[7] Jordan and Chamberlain are the only players to have won seven consecutive scoring titles (this was also Chamberlain's career total).[7] George Gervin, Allen Iverson and Kevin Durant have won four scoring titles in their career,[8] and George Mikan, Neil Johnston and Bob McAdoo have achieved it three times. Paul Arizin, Bob Pettit, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, Tracy McGrady, and Bryant have each won the scoring title twice. Since the 1969–70 season, three players have won both the scoring title and the NBA championship in the same season: Abdul-Jabbar (then Alcindor)[g] in 1971 with the Milwaukee Bucks, Jordan from 1991 to 1993 and from 1996 to 1998 with the Chicago Bulls, and O'Neal in 2000 with the Los Angeles Lakers.[2][9] Since the introduction of the three-point field goal, O'Neal is the only scoring leader to have made no three-point field goals in his winning season. At 21 years and 197 days, Durant is the youngest scoring leader in NBA history,[10] averaging 30.1 points in the 2009–10 season. He is also the most recent champion having averaged a career high 32.0 in the 2013–14 season.

Key[edit]

^ Denotes player who is still active in the NBA
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
dagger Denotes player who won the MVP award that year
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player had been the scoring leader up to and including that season
G Guard F Forward C Center

Scoring leaders[edit]

Wilt Chamberlain won seven consecutive scoring titles from 1960 to 1966.
Jerry West won the scoring title in 1970, averaging 31.2 points per game.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won scoring titles in 1971 and 1972.
Kobe Bryant won scoring titles in 2006 and 2007.
LeBron James won the scoring title in 2008
Kevin Durant became the youngest scoring champion in 2010. He won another three in 2011, 2012 and 2014
Carmelo Anthony won the scoring title in 2013.
Season Player Position[a] Team Games
played
Field goals
made
3-point
field goals

made
Free throws
made
Total
points
Points per
game
References
1946–47 Fulks, JoeJoe Fulks* F/C Philadelphia Warriors 60 475 439 1,389 23.2 [11][12]
1947–48 Zaslofsky, MaxMax Zaslofsky[b] G/F Chicago Stags 48 373 261 1,007 21.0 [14][15]
1948–49 Mikan, GeorgeGeorge Mikan* C Minneapolis Lakers 60 583 532 1,698 28.3 [16][17]
1949–50 Mikan, GeorgeGeorge Mikan* (2) C Minneapolis Lakers 68 649 567 1,865 27.4 [17][18]
1950–51 Mikan, GeorgeGeorge Mikan* (3) C Minneapolis Lakers 68 678 576 1,932 28.4 [17][19]
1951–52 Arizin, PaulPaul Arizin* F/G Philadelphia Warriors 66 548 578 1,674 25.4 [20][21]
1952–53 Johnston, NeilNeil Johnston* C Philadelphia Warriors 70 504 556 1,564 22.3 [22][23]
1953–54 Johnston, NeilNeil Johnston* (2) C Philadelphia Warriors 72 591 577 1,759 24.5 [23][24]
1954–55 Johnston, NeilNeil Johnston* (3) C Philadelphia Warriors 72 521 589 1,631 22.7 [23][25]
1955–56 dagger Pettit, BobBob Pettit* F/C St. Louis Hawks 72 646 557 1,849 25.7 [26][27]
1956–57 Arizin, PaulPaul Arizin* (2) F/G Philadelphia Warriors 71 613 591 1,817 25.6 [21][28]
1957–58 Yardley, GeorgeGeorge Yardley* F/G Detroit Pistons 72 673 655 2,001 27.8 [29][30]
1958–59 dagger Pettit, BobBob Pettit* (2) F/C St. Louis Hawks 72 719 667 2,105 29.2 [27][31]
1959–60 dagger Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain*[c] C Philadelphia Warriors 72 1,065 577 2,707 37.6 [32][33]
1960–61 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* (2) C Philadelphia Warriors 79 1,251 531 3,033 38.4 [33][34]
1961–62 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* (3)[d] C Philadelphia Warriors 80 1,597 835 4,029 50.4 [33][35]
1962–63 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* (4) C San Francisco Warriors 80 1,463 660 3,586 44.8 [33][36]
1963–64 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* (5) C San Francisco Warriors 80 1,204 540 2,948 36.9 [33][37]
1964–65 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* (6) C San Francisco Warriors
Philadelphia 76ers
73 1,063 408 2,534 34.7 [33][38]
1965–66 dagger Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* (7) C Philadelphia 76ers 79 1,074 501 2,649 33.5 [33][39]
1966–67 Barry, RickRick Barry* F San Francisco Warriors 78 1,011 753 2,775 35.6 [40][41]
1967–68 Bing, DaveDave Bing*[e] G Detroit Pistons 79 835 472 2,142 27.1 [44][45]
1968–69 Hayes, ElvinElvin Hayes*[f] F/C San Diego Rockets 82 930 467 2,327 28.4 [46][47]
1969–70 West, JerryJerry West*[g] G/F Los Angeles Lakers 74 831 647 2,309 31.2 [49][50]
1970–71 dagger Alcindor, LewLew Alcindor*[h] C Milwaukee Bucks 82 1,063 470 2,596 31.7 [52][53]
1971–72 dagger Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar* (2) C Milwaukee Bucks 81 1,159 504 2,822 34.8 [53][54]
1972–73 Archibald, Nate "Tiny"Nate "Tiny" Archibald* G Kansas City-Omaha Kings 80 1,028 663 2,719 34.0 [55][56]
1973–74 McAdoo, BobBob McAdoo* C/F Buffalo Braves 74 901 459 2,261 30.6 [57][58]
1974–75 dagger McAdoo, BobBob McAdoo* (2) C/F Buffalo Braves 82 1,095 641 2,831 34.5 [58][59]
1975–76 McAdoo, BobBob McAdoo* (3) C/F Buffalo Braves 78 934 559 2,427 31.1 [58][60]
1976–77 Maravich, PetePete Maravich* G New Orleans Jazz 73 886 501 2,273 31.1 [61][62]
1977–78 Gervin, GeorgeGeorge Gervin*[i] G/F San Antonio Spurs 82 864 504 2,232 27.2 [68][69]
1978–79 Gervin, GeorgeGeorge Gervin* (2) G/F San Antonio Spurs 80 947 471 2,365 29.6 [69][70]
1979–80 Gervin, GeorgeGeorge Gervin* (3) G/F San Antonio Spurs 78 1,024 32 505 2,585 33.1 [69][71]
1980–81 Dantley, AdrianAdrian Dantley* F/G Utah Jazz 80 909 2 632 2,452 30.7 [72][73]
1981–82 Gervin, GeorgeGeorge Gervin* (4) G/F San Antonio Spurs 79 993 10 555 2,551 32.3 [69][74]
1982–83 English, AlexAlex English* F Denver Nuggets 82 959 2 406 2,326 28.4 [75][76]
1983–84 Dantley, AdrianAdrian Dantley* (2) F/G Utah Jazz 79 802 1 813 2,418 30.6 [73][77]
1984–85 King, BernardBernard King*[j] F New York Knicks 55 691 1 426 1,809 32.9 [79][80]
1985–86 Wilkins, DominiqueDominique Wilkins*[k] F/G Atlanta Hawks 78 888 13 577 2,366 30.3 [82][83]
1986–87 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* G Chicago Bulls 82 1,098 12 833 3,041 37.1 [84][85]
1987–88 dagger Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (2) G Chicago Bulls 82 1,069 7 723 2,868 35.0 [85][86]
1988–89 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (3) G Chicago Bulls 81 966 27 674 2,633 32.5 [85][87]
1989–90 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (4) G Chicago Bulls 82 1,034 92 593 2,753 33.6 [85][88]
1990–91 dagger Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (5) G Chicago Bulls 82 990 29 571 2,580 31.5 [85][89]
1991–92 dagger Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (6) G Chicago Bulls 80 943 27 491 2,404 30.1 [85][90]
1992–93 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (7) G Chicago Bulls 78 992 81 476 2,541 32.6 [85][91]
1993–94 Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson*[l] C San Antonio Spurs 80 840 10 693 2,383 29.8 [93][94]
1994–95 O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal C Orlando Magic 79 930 0 455 2,315 29.3 [95][96]
1995–96 dagger Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (8) G Chicago Bulls 82 916 111 548 2,491 30.4 [85][97]
1996–97 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (9) G Chicago Bulls 82 920 111 480 2,431 29.6 [85][98]
1997–98 dagger [m] Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (10) G Chicago Bulls 82 881 30 565 2,357 28.7 [85][100]
1998–99[n] Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson[o] G Philadelphia 76ers 48 435 58 356 1,284 26.8 [103][104]
1999–00 dagger O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal (2) C Los Angeles Lakers 79 956 0 432 2,344 29.7 [96][105]
2000–01 dagger Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson (2)[p] G Philadelphia 76ers 71 762 98 585 2,207 31.1 [104][107]
2001–02 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson (3)[q] G Philadelphia 76ers 60 665 78 475 1,883 31.4 [104][109]
2002–03 McGrady, TracyTracy McGrady[r] G/F Orlando Magic 75 829 173 576 2,407 32.1 [111][112]
2003–04 McGrady, TracyTracy McGrady (2)[s] G/F Orlando Magic 67 653 174 398 1,878 28.0 [112]
2004–05 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson (4) G Philadelphia 76ers 75 771 104 656 2,302 30.7 [104]
2005–06 Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant^ G Los Angeles Lakers 80 978 180 696 2,832 35.4 [114]
2006–07 Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant^ (2) G Los Angeles Lakers 77 813 137 667 2,430 31.6 [114]
2007–08 James, LeBronLeBron James^[t] F Cleveland Cavaliers 75 794 113 549 2,250 30.0 [116]
2008–09 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade^ G Miami Heat 79 854 88 590 2,386 30.2 [117]
2009–10 Durant, KevinKevin Durant^[u] F Oklahoma City Thunder 82 794 128 756 2,472 30.1 [119]
2010–11 Durant, KevinKevin Durant^ (2) F Oklahoma City Thunder 78 711 145 594 2,161 27.7 [119]
2011–12[v] Durant, KevinKevin Durant^ (3)[w] F Oklahoma City Thunder 66 643 133 431 1,850 28.0 [119]
2012–13 Anthony, CarmeloCarmelo Anthony^[x] F New York Knicks 67 669 157 425 1,920 28.7 [123]
2013–14 dagger Durant, KevinKevin Durant^ (4) F Oklahoma City Thunder 81 849 192 703 2,593 32.0 [119]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The player's primary position is listed first.
  2. ^ In the 1947–48 season, Joe Fulks averaged the most points (22.1) but had only played in 43 games and totaled 949 points, the second highest total.[12][13]
  3. ^ Wilt Chamberlain holds the all-time rookie record for points per game.[6]
  4. ^ Wilt Chamberlain holds the all-time record for total points scored and points per game in a single season.[6]
  5. ^ In the 1967–68 season, Oscar Robertson averaged the most points (29.2) but had only played in 65 games and totaled 1,896 points, the sixth highest total.[42][43]
  6. ^ Elvin Hayes is the last rookie to lead the league in scoring average.
  7. ^ In the 1969–70 season, rookie Lew Alcindor had the highest point total (2,361) but was second in scoring average (28.8).[48]
  8. ^ Before the 1971–72 season, Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.[51]
  9. ^ In the 1977–78 season, George Gervin defeated David Thompson for the scoring title in the closest scoring duel ever (27.21 to 27.15) where Thompson scored 73 on the last day of the season and Gervin answered with 63 (Gervin also broke Thompson's record of 32 points set earlier on the same day in the first quarter by scoring a record 33 points in the second quarter).[63][64][65][66] Both Thompson's and Gervin's games were losses.[67]
  10. ^ In the 1984–85 season, rookie Michael Jordan had the highest point total (2,313) but was third in scoring average (28.2). Bernard King tied for the twelfth highest point total (1,809) but had the highest scoring average (32.9).[78]
  11. ^ In the 1985–86 season Alex English had the highest point total (2,414) but was third in scoring average (29.8).[81]
  12. ^ In the 1993–94 season, David Robinson scored 71 points in the final game of the season to edge Shaquille O'Neal for the scoring title.[92]
  13. ^ In the 1997–98 season, Michael Jordan defeated Shaquille O'Neal for the scoring title in the third closest scoring race ever (28.7 to 28.3).[99]
  14. ^ The 1998–99 season was shortened to 50 games due to the league's lockout.[101] The qualification of this season's scoring title is to appear in at least 43 games (out of 50) or to have at least 854 points.[5]
  15. ^ In the lockout-shortened 1998–99 season, Shaquille O'Neal had the highest point total (1,289) but was second in scoring average (26.3).[102]
  16. ^ In the 2000–01 season, Jerry Stackhouse had the highest point total (2,380) but was second in scoring average (29.8).[106]
  17. ^ In the 2001–02 season, Paul Pierce had the highest point total (2,144) but was third in scoring average (26.1).[108]
  18. ^ In the 2002–03 season, Kobe Bryant had the highest point total (2,461) but was second in scoring average (30.0).[110]
  19. ^ In the 2003–04 season, Kevin Garnett had the highest point total (1,987) but was third in scoring average (24.2).[113]
  20. ^ In the 2007–08 season, Kobe Bryant had the highest point total (2,323) but was second in scoring average (28.3).[115]
  21. ^ In the 2009–10 season, Kevin Durant defeated LeBron James for the scoring title (30.1 to 29.7).[118] Durant, at 21 years and 197 days old, is also the youngest scoring leader in NBA history.[10]
  22. ^ The 2011–12 season was shortened to 66 games due to the league's lockout.[120] The qualification of this season's scoring title is to appear in at least 56 games (out of 66) or to have at least 1127 points.[5]
  23. ^ In the 2011–12 season, Kevin Durant defeated Kobe Bryant for the scoring title in the second closest scoring race ever (28.03 to 27.86).[99][121] Bryant, who needed to score 38 points in the final game to win, decided to sit out.[121]
  24. ^ In the 2012–13 season, Kevin Durant had the highest point total (2,280) but was second in scoring average (28.1).[122]

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