List of National Basketball Association top rookie scoring averages

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This list exhibits the National Basketball Association's top rookie single-season scoring averages based on at least 70 games played or 1,400 points scored. The NBA began recording 3-point field goals during the 1979–80 season.

^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Bold Denotes NBA season leaders
Rank Season Player Team Games FG 3PFG FT Pts PPG
1 1959–60 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia Warriors 72 1,065 577 2,707 37.6
2 1961–62 Bellamy, WaltWalt Bellamy* Chicago Packers 79 973 549 2,495 31.6
3 1960–61 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* Cincinnati Royals 71 756 653 2,165 30.5
4 1969–70 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar* Milwaukee Bucks 82 938 485 2,361 28.8
5 1968–69 Hayes, ElvinElvin Hayes* San Diego Rockets 82 930 467 2,327 28.4
6 1984–85 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* Chicago Bulls 82 837 9 630 2,313 28.2
7 1965–66 Barry, RickRick Barry* San Francisco Warriors 80 745 569 2,059 25.7
8 1962–63 Dischinger, TerryTerry Dischinger Chicago Zephyrs 57 525 402 1,452 25.5
9 1958–59 Baylor, ElginElgin Baylor* Minneapolis Lakers 70 605 532 1,742 24.9
10 1970–71 Petrie, GeoffGeoff Petrie Portland Trail Blazers 82 784 463 2,031 24.8
11 1971–72 Wicks, SidneySidney Wicks Portland Trail Blazers 82 784 441 2,009 24.5
12 1989–90 Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson* San Antonio Spurs 82 690 0 613 1,993 24.3
13 1967–68 Monroe, EarlEarl Monroe* Baltimore Bullets 82 742 507 1,991 24.3
14 1977–78 Davis, WalterWalter Davis Phoenix Suns 81 786 387 1,959 24.2
15 1977–78 King, BernardBernard King* New Jersey Nets 79 798 313 1,909 24.2
16 1982–83 Cummings, TerryTerry Cummings San Diego Clippers 70 684 0 292 1,660 23.7
17 1996–97 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers 76 625 155 382 1,787 23.5
18 1949–50 Groza, AlexAlex Groza Indianapolis Olympians 64 521 454 1,496 23.4
19 1992–93 O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal Orlando Magic 81 733 0 427 1,893 23.4
20 1970–71 Maravich, PetePete Maravich* Atlanta Hawks 81 738 404 1,880 23.2

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