List of National Basketball Association career playoff scoring leaders

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This article provides two lists:

A list of National Basketball Association players by total career playoff points scored.
A progressive list of scoring leaders showing how the record increased through the years.[1]

Scoring leaders[edit]

This article provides a list of National Basketball Association players by total career playoff points scored.

Statistics accurate as of the conclusion of the 2016 NBA Playoffs.
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration[2]
Rank Player Position(s) Team(s) played for (years)[3] Total
points
Games
played
Points
per game

average[4]
Field goals
made
Three-point
field goals

made[5]
Free throws
made
1 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* SG Chicago Bulls (19851993, 19951998) 5,987 179 33.4 2,188 148 1,463
2 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar*[6] C Milwaukee Bucks (19701974)
Los Angeles Lakers (19771989)
5,762 237 24.3 2,356 0 1,050
3 Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant SG Los Angeles Lakers (19972004, 20062012) 5,640 220 25.6 2,014 292 1,320
4 James, LeBronLeBron James^ SF Cleveland Cavaliers (20062010, 20152016)
Miami Heat (20112014)
5,572 199 28.0 1,965 287 1,355
5 O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal* C Orlando Magic (19941996)
Los Angeles Lakers (19972004)
Miami Heat (20052007)
Phoenix Suns (2008)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2010)
Boston Celtics (2011)
5,250 216 24.3 2,041 0 1,168
6 Duncan, TimTim Duncan C/PF San Antonio Spurs (19981999, 20012016) 5,172 251 20.6 1,975 5 1,217
7 Malone, KarlKarl Malone* PF Utah Jazz (19862003)
Los Angeles Lakers (2004)
4,761 193 24.7 1,743 6 1,269
8 West, JerryJerry West* PG Los Angeles Lakers (19611970, 19721974) 4,457 153 29.1 1,622 0 1,213
9 Bird, LarryLarry Bird* SF/PF Boston Celtics (19801988, 19901992) 3,897 164 23.8 1,458 80 901
10 Parker, TonyTony Parker^ PG San Antonio Spurs (20022016) 3,885 213 18.2 1,548 108 681
11 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade^ SG Miami Heat (20042007, 20092014, 2016) 3,781 166 22.8 1,387 97 910
12 Havlicek, JohnJohn Havlicek* SF/SG Boston Celtics (19631969, 19721977) 3,776 172 22.0 1,451 0 874
13 Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon*[7] C Houston Rockets (19851991, 19931999)
Toronto Raptors (2002)
3,755 145 25.9 1,504 4 743
14 Johnson, MagicMagic Johnson* PG/SG Los Angeles Lakers (19801991, 1996) 3,701 190 19.5 1,291 51 1,068
15 Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki^ PF Dallas Mavericks (20012012, 20142016) 3,663 145 25.3 1,220 149 1,074
16 Pippen, ScottieScottie Pippen* SF Chicago Bulls (19881998)
Houston Rockets (1999)
Portland Trail Blazers (20002003)
3,642 208 17.5 1,335 200 772
17 Baylor, ElginElgin Baylor* SF Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers (19591970) 3,623 134 27.0 1,388 0 847
18 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* C Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors (19601962, 1964)
Philadelphia 76ers (19651968)
Los Angeles Lakers (19691973)
3,607 160 22.5 1,425 0 757
19 McHale, KevinKevin McHale* PF Boston Celtics (19811993) 3,182 169 18.8 1,204 8 766
20 Pierce, PaulPaul Pierce^ SF/SG Boston Celtics (20022005, 20082013)
Brooklyn Nets (2014)
Washington Wizards (2015)
Los Angeles Clippers (2016)
3,159 163 19.4 1,014 272 859
21 Johnson, DennisDennis Johnson* PG Seattle SuperSonics (19781980)
Phoenix Suns (19811983)
Boston Celtics (19841990)
3,116 180 17.3 1,167 26 756
22 Erving, JuliusJulius Erving* SF Philadelphia 76ers (19771987) 3,088 141 21.9 1,187 7 707
23 Worthy, JamesJames Worthy* SF Los Angeles Lakers (19841991, 1993) 3,022 143 21.1 1,267 14 474
24 Miller, ReggieReggie Miller* SG Indiana Pacers (19891996, 19982005) 2,972 144 20.6 941 320 770
25 Drexler, ClydeClyde Drexler* SG Portland Trail Blazers (19841994)
Houston Rockets (19951998)
2,963 145 20.4 1,076 141 670

Progressive list of playoff scoring leaders[edit]

This is a progressive list of scoring leaders showing how the record increased through the years.[1]

Statistics accurate as of the end of the 2016 playoffs.
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration[2]
Team abbreviations Team(s) listed is the one player was on when he established the record.
BAL Baltimore Bullets HOU Houston Rockets OKC Oklahoma City Thunder SFW San Francisco Warriors
BOS Boston Celtics IND Indiana Pacers PHI Philadelphia 76ers SEA Seattle SuperSonics
CHI Chicago Bulls LAL Los Angeles Lakers PHO Phoenix Suns STL St. Louis Hawks
CLE Cleveland Cavaliers MIA Miami Heat PHW Philadelphia Warriors SYR Syracuse Nationals
DAL Dallas Mavericks MNL Minneapolis Lakers ROC Rochester Royals UTA Utah Jazz
GSW Golden State Warriors NYK New York Knicks SAS San Antonio Spurs WAS Washington Wizards
Playoff scoring leader at the end of every season
Season Year-by-Year Leader Pts Active Player Scoring Leader Pts Career Scoring Record Pts Single Season Scoring Record Pts Season
1946–47 Joe Fulks*000PHW 222 Joe Fulks*000PHW 222 Joe Fulks*000PHW 222 Joe Fulks*000PHW 222 1946–47
1947–48 282 504 504 282 1947–48
1948–49 George Mikan*000MNL 303 George Mikan*000MNL 303 1948–49
1949–50 376 George Mikan*000MNL 679 George Mikan*000MNL 679 376 1949–50
1950–51 Arnie Risen*000ROC 273 847 847 1950–51
1951–52 George Mikan*000MNL 307 1154 1154 1951–52
1952–53 238 1392 1392 1952–53
1953–54 252 1644 1644 1953–54
1954–55 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 209 Jim Pollard*000MNL 977 1954–55
1955–56 Paul Arizin*000PHW 289 George Mikan*000MNL 1680 1680 1955–56
1956–57 Bob Pettit*000STL 298 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 1192 1956–57
1957–58 Cliff Hagan*000STL 305 1272 1957–58
1958–59 Elgin Baylor*000MNL 331 1526 1958–59
1959–60 Bob Pettit*000STL 365 1614 1959–60
1960–61 Elgin Baylor*000LAL 457 1779 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 1779 Elgin Baylor*000LAL 457 1960–61
1961–62 502 1836 1836 502 1961–62
1962–63 424 Bob Cousy*000BOS 2018 Bob Cousy*000BOS 2018 1962–63
1963–64 Wilt Chamberlain*000SFW 416 Bob Pettit*000STL 2194 Bob Pettit*000STL 2194 1963–64
1964–65 Jerry West*000LAL 447 2240 2240 1964–65
1965–66 479 Elgin Baylor*000LAL 2511 Elgin Baylor*000LAL 2511 1965–66
1966–67 Rick Barry*000SFW 521 2582 2582 Rick Barry*000SFW 521 1966–67
1967–68 John Havlicek*000BOS 493 3010 3010 1967–68
1968–69 Jerry West*000LAL 556 3287 3287 Jerry West*000LAL 556 1968–69
1969–70 562 Jerry West*000LAL 3708 Jerry West*000LAL 3708 562 1969–70
1970–71 Earl Monroe*000BAL 397 3708 3708 1970–71
1971–72 Walt Frazier*000NYK 388 4052 4052 1971–72
1972–73 Jerry West*000LAL 401 4453 4453 1972–73
1973–74 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*000LAL 515 4457 4457 1973–74
1974–75 Rick Barry*000GSW 479 John Havlicek*000BOS 3413 1974–75
1975–76 Jo Jo White*000BOS 408 3611 1975–76
1976–77 Julius Erving*000PHI 518 3776 1976–77
1977–78 Elvin Hayes*000WSB 457 1977–78
1978–79 Gus Williams000SEA 454 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*000LAL 2382 1978–79
1979–80 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*000LAL 479 2861 1979–80
1980–81 Moses Malone*000HOU 562 2941 Jerry West* &
Moses Malone*000HOU
1980–81
1981–82 Julius Erving*000PHI 461 3226 1981–82
1982–83 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*000LAL 406 3632 1982–83
1983–84 Larry Bird*000BOS 632 4134 Larry Bird*000BOS 632 1983–84
1984–85 520 4550 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*000LAL 4550 1984–85
1985–86 Hakeem Olajuwon*000HOU 537 4912 4912 1985–86
1986–87 Larry Bird*000BOS 622 5257 5257 1986–87
1987–88 James Worthy*000LAL 506 5595 5595 1987–88
1988–89 Michael Jordan*000CHI 591 5762 5762 1988–89
1989–90 587 Larry Bird*000BOS 3681 1989–90
1990–91 529 3852 1990–91
1991–92 759 3897 Michael Jordan*000CHI 759 1991–92
1992–93 666 Michael Jordan*000CHI 3850 1992–93
1993–94 Hakeem Olajuwon*000HOU 664 James Worthy*000LAL 3022 1993–94
1994–95 725 Michael Jordan*000CHI 4165 1994–95
1995–96 Michael Jordan*000CHI 552 4717 1995–96
1996–97 590 5307 1996–97
1997–98 680 5987 Michael Jordan*000CHI 5987 1997–98
1998–99 Latrell Sprewell000NYK 407 Karl Malone*000UTA 3931 1998–99
1999–00 Shaquille O'Neal*000LAL 707 4203 1999–00
2000–01 Allen Iverson*000PHI 723 4341 2000–01
2001–02 Shaquille O'Neal*000LAL 541 Michael Jordan*000CHI 5987 2001–02
2002–03 Tim Duncan000SAS 593 2002–03
2003–04 Kobe Bryant000LAL 539 Karl Malone*000LAL 4761 2003–04
2004–05 Tim Duncan000SAS 542 Shaquille O'Neal*
000MIA 2004–07
000PHO 2007–09
000CLE 2009–10
4546 2004–05
2005–06 Dwyane Wade^000MIA 654 4970 2005–06
2006–07 LeBron James^000CLE 501 5045 2006–07
2007–08 Kobe Bryant000LAL 633 5121 2007–08
2008–09 695 2008–09
2009–10 671 5248 2009–10
2010–11 Dirk Nowitzki^000DAL 582 Kobe Bryant000LAL 5280 2010–11
2011–12 LeBron James^000MIA 697 5640 2011–12
2012–13 596 2012–13
2013–14 Kevin Durant^000OKC 563 2013–14
2014–15 LeBron James^000CLE 601 2014–15
2015–16 Klay Thompson^000GSW 582 2015–16
Season Year-by-Year Leader Pts Active Player Scoring Leader Pts Career Scoring Record Pts Single Season Scoring Record Pts Season


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NBA Progressive Playoff Leaders and Records for Points". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b A player is not eligible for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame until he has been fully retired for four calendar years (reduced from five in 2015); player was not eligible for induction upon the commencement of the 2016–17 NBA season.
  3. ^ 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. The years listed are only ones in which the player played in a playoff game.
  4. ^ Average is rounded to the nearest tenth.
  5. ^ First adopted in the 1979–80 season.
  6. ^ Previously known as Lew Alcindor prior to an official name change on May 1, 1971.
  7. ^ Previously written as Akeem Olajuwon prior to an official spelling change on March 9, 1991.

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