List of National Basketball Association career scoring leaders

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A list of National Basketball Association players by total career regular season points scored.
A progressive list of scoring leaders showing how the record increased through the years.

Scoring leaders[edit]

This is a list of National Basketball Association players by total career regular season points scored.

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[1]
§ 2016 Hall of Fame Candidate with over 50 win shares*[2]
  • Win Shares - An estimate of the number of wins contributed by a player.
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
Free throws
made
1 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar*[5] C Milwaukee Bucks (19691975)
Los Angeles Lakers (19751989)
38,387 1,560 24.6 15,836 1 6,712
2 Malone, KarlKarl Malone* PF Utah Jazz (19852003)
Los Angeles Lakers (20032004)
36,928 1,476 25.0 13,528 85 9,787
3 Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant^ SG Los Angeles Lakers (1996–present) 32,482 1,280 25.4 11,321 1,694 8,146
4 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* SG Chicago Bulls (19841993; 19951998)
Washington Wizards (20012003)
32,292 1,072 30.1 12,192 581 7,327
5 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* C Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors (19591965)
Philadelphia 76ers (19651968)
Los Angeles Lakers (19681973)
31,419 1,045 30.1 12,681 0 6,057
6 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)
28,596 1,207 23.7 11,330 1 5,935
7 Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki^ PF Dallas Mavericks (1998–present) 28,119 1,265 22.2 9,894 1,575 6,756
8 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)
27,409 1,329 20.6 9,435 8 8,531
9 Hayes, ElvinElvin Hayes* PF San Diego/Houston Rockets (19681972; 19811984)
Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets (19721981)
27,313 1,303 21.0 10,976 5 5,356
10 Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon*[6] C Houston Rockets (19842001)
Toronto Raptors (2001–2002)
26,946 1,238 21.8 10,749 25 5,423
11 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* PG Cincinnati Royals (19601970)
Milwaukee Bucks (19701974)
26,710 1,040 25.7 9,508 0 7,694
12 Wilkins, DominiqueDominique Wilkins* SF Atlanta Hawks (19821994)
Los Angeles Clippers (1994)
Boston Celtics (1994–1995)
San Antonio Spurs (1996–1997)
Orlando Magic (1999)
26,668 1,074 24.8 9,963 711 6,031
13 Havlicek, JohnJohn Havlicek* SF Boston Celtics (19621978) 26,395 1,270 20.8 10,513 0 5,369
14 Duncan, TimTim Duncan^ PF/C San Antonio Spurs (1997–present) 25,974 1,331 19.5 10,070 30 5,804
15 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett^ PF/C Minnesota Timberwolves (19952007, 2015–present)
Boston Celtics (20072013)
Brooklyn Nets (20132015)
25,949 1,424 18.2 10,451 174 4,873
16 Pierce, PaulPaul Pierce^ SF Boston Celtics (19982013)
Brooklyn Nets (20132014)
Washington Wizards (20142015)
Los Angeles Clippers 2015–present
25,899 1,250 20.8 8,496 2,053 6,854
17 English, AlexAlex English* SF/PF Milwaukee Bucks (19761978)
Indiana Pacers (19781980)
Denver Nuggets (19801990)
Dallas Mavericks (1990–1991)
25,613 1,193 21.5 10,659 18 4,277
18 Miller, ReggieReggie Miller* SG Indiana Pacers (19872005) 25,279 1,389 18.2 8,241 2,560 6,237
19 West, JerryJerry West* SG Los Angeles Lakers (19601974) 25,192 932 27.0 9,016 0 7,160
20 James, LeBronLeBron James^ SF Cleveland Cavaliers (2003-2010, 2014–present)
Miami Heat (20102014)
24,913 911 27.4 8,950 1,256 5,757
21 Ewing, PatrickPatrick Ewing* C New York Knicks (19852000)
Seattle SuperSonics (2000–2001)
Orlando Magic (2001–2002)
24,815 1,183 21.0 9,702 19 5,392
22 Allen, RayRay Allen^ SG Milwaukee Bucks (19962003)
Seattle SuperSonics (20032007)
Boston Celtics (20072012)
Miami Heat (20122014)
24,505 1,300 18.9 8,567 2,973 4,398
23 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson§ SG/PG Philadelphia 76ers (19962006, 2009–2010)
Denver Nuggets (20062008)
Detroit Pistons (2008–2009)
Memphis Grizzlies (2009)
24,368 914 26.7 8,467 1,061 6,385
24 Barkley, CharlesCharles Barkley* PF Philadelphia 76ers (19841992)
Phoenix Suns (19921996)
Houston Rockets (19962000)
23,757 1,073 22.1 8,435 538 6,349
25 Carter, VinceVince Carter^ SG/SF Toronto Raptors (19982004)
New Jersey Nets (20042009)
Orlando Magic (20092010)
Phoenix Suns (2010–2011)
Dallas Mavericks (20112014)
Memphis Grizzlies (2014–present)
23,574 1,214 19.5 8,550 1,878 4,596
26 Parish, RobertRobert Parish* C Golden State Warriors (19761980)
Boston Celtics (19801994)
Charlotte Hornets (19941996)
Chicago Bulls (1996–1997)
23,334 1,611 14.5 9,614 0 4,106
27 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)
23,177 955 24.3 8,169 7 6,832
28 Baylor, ElginElgin Baylor* PF/SF Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers (19581971) 23,149 846 27.4 8,693 0 5,763
29 Drexler, ClydeClyde Drexler* SG Portland Trail Blazers (19831995)
Houston Rockets (19951998)
22,195 1,086 20.4 8,335 827 4,698
30 Payton, GaryGary Payton* PG Seattle SuperSonics (19902003)
Milwaukee Bucks (2003)
Los Angeles Lakers (2003–2004)
Boston Celtics (2004–2005)
Miami Heat (20052007)
21,813 1,335 16.3 8,708 1,132 3,265
31 Bird, LarryLarry Bird* SF/PF Boston Celtics (19791992) 21,791 897 24.3 8,591 649 3,960
32 Greer, HalHal Greer* SG Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers (19581973) 21,586 1,122 19.2 8,504 0 4,578
33 Bellamy, WaltWalt Bellamy* C Chicago Packers/Zephyrs//Baltimore Bullets (19611965)
New York Knicks (19651968)
Detroit Pistons (19681970)
Atlanta Hawks (19701974)
New Orleans Jazz (1974)
20,941 1,043 20.1 7,914 0 5,113
34 Anthony, CarmeloCarmelo Anthony^ SF Denver Nuggets (20032011)
New York Knicks (2011–present)
20,924 830 25.2 7,447 916 5,114
35 Pettit, BobBob Pettit* PF Milwaukee/St. Louis Hawks (19541965) 20,880 792 26.4 7,349 0 6,182
36 Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson* C San Antonio Spurs (19892003) 20,790 987 21.1 7,365 25 6,035
37 Gervin, GeorgeGeorge Gervin* SG San Antonio Spurs (19761985)
Chicago Bulls (1985–1986)
20,708 791 26.2 8,045 77 4,541
38 Richmond, MitchMitch Richmond* SG Golden State Warriors (19881991)
Sacramento Kings (19911998)
Washington Wizards (19982001)
Los Angeles Lakers (2001–2002)
20,497 976 21.0 7,305 1,326 4,561
39 Chambers, TomTom Chambers PF/C San Diego Clippers (19811983)
Seattle SuperSonics (19831988)
Phoenix Suns (19881993)
Utah Jazz (19931995)
Charlotte Hornets (1997)
Philadelphia 76ers (1997)
20,049 1,107 18.1 7,378 227 5,066
40 Jamison, AntawnAntawn Jamison PF Golden State Warriors (19982003)
Dallas Mavericks (2003–2004)
Washington Wizards (20042010)
Cleveland Cavaliers (20102012)
Los Angeles Lakers (2012–2013)
Los Angeles Clippers (2013–2014)
20,042 1,083 18.5 7,679 1,163 3,521
41 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* PG Utah Jazz (19842003) 19,711 1,504 13.1 7,039 845 4,788
42 King, BernardBernard King* SF New Jersey Nets (19771979; 1993)
Utah Jazz (1979–1980)
Golden State Warriors (19801982)
New York Knicks (19821985, 1987)
Washington Bullets (19871991)
19,655 874 22.5 7,830 23 3,972
43 Robinson, Clifford R.Clifford R. Robinson PF Portland Trail Blazers (19891997)
Phoenix Suns (19972001)
Detroit Pistons (20012003)
Golden State Warriors (20032005)
New Jersey Nets (20052007)
19,591 1,380 14.2 7,389 1,253 3,560
44 Davis, WalterWalter Davis SF/SG Phoenix Suns (19771988)
Denver Nuggets (19881991; 1991–1992)
Portland Trail Blazers (1991)
19,521 1,033 18.9 8,118 157 3,128
45 Cummings, TerryTerry Cummings PF San Diego Clippers (19821984)
Milwaukee Bucks (19841989; 1995–1996)
San Antonio Spurs (19891995)
Seattle SuperSonics (1996–1997)
Philadelphia 76ers (1997–1998)
New York Knicks (1998)
Golden State Warriors (19992000)
19,460 1,183 16.4 8,045 44 3,326
46 Lanier, BobBob Lanier* C Detroit Pistons (19701980)
Milwaukee Bucks (19801984)
19,248 959 20.1 7,761 2 3,724
47 Johnson, Eddie A.Eddie A. Johnson SG/SF Kansas City/Sacramento Kings (19811987)
Phoenix Suns (19871990)
Seattle SuperSonics (19901993)
Charlotte Hornets (1993–1994)
Indiana Pacers (19951997)
Houston Rockets (19971999)
19,202 1,199 16.0 7,727 562 3,186
48 Goodrich, GailGail Goodrich* PG/SG Los Angeles Lakers (19651968; 19701976)
Phoenix Suns (19681970)
New Orleans Jazz (19761979)
19,181 1,031 18.6 7,431 0 4,319
49 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)
19,015 1,026 18.5 7,057 238 4,663
50 Ellis, DaleDale Ellis SG Dallas Mavericks (19831986)
Seattle SuperSonics (19861991; 19971999)
Milwaukee Bucks (19911992; 1999–2000)
San Antonio Spurs (19921994)
Denver Nuggets (19941997)
Charlotte Hornets (2000)
19,004 1,209 15.7 7,323 1,719 2,639

Progressive list of scoring leaders[edit]

This is a progressive list of scoring leaders showing how the record increased through the years.[7]

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[1]
§ 2016 Hall of Fame Candidate with over 50 win shares*[2]
  • Win Shares - An estimate of the number of wins contributed by a player.
Team Abbreviations Team(s) listed is the one player was on when he established the record.
ATL Atlanta Hawks FTW Fort Wayne Pistons MIN Minnesota Timberwolves PHW Philadelphia Warriors
BOS Boston Celtics HOU Houston Rockets MNL Minneapolis Lakers SAS San Antonio Spurs
BUF Buffalo Braves IND Indiana Pacers NOJ New Orleans Jazz SDR San Diego Rockets
CHI Chicago Bulls KCO Kansas City-Omaha Kings OKC Oklahoma City Thunder SFW San Francisco Warriors
CHS Chicago Stags LAL Los Angeles Lakers ORL Orlando Magic STL St. Louis Hawks
CLE Cleveland Cavaliers MIA Miami Heat PHI Philadelphia 76ers SYR Syracuse Nationals
DEN Denver Nuggets MIL Milwaukee Bucks PHO Phoenix Suns UTA Utah Jazz
DET Detroit Pistons
Scoring Leader at the end of every season
Season Year-by-Year Leader Points Active Player Points Leader Total points Career Points Record Total points Single Season Points Record Points Season
1946-47 Joe Fulks*000PHW 1,389 Joe Fulks*000PHW 1,389 Joe Fulks*000PHW 1389 Joe Fulks*000PHW 1,389 1946-47
1947-48 Max Zaslofsky000CHS 1,007 2,338 2,338 1947-48
1948-49 George Mikan*000MNL 1,698 3,898 3,898 George Mikan*000MNL 1,698 1948-49
1949-50 1,865 4,863 4,863 1,865 1949-50
1950-51 1,932 6,099 6,099 1,932 1950-51
1951-52 Paul Arizin*000PHW 1,674 7,021 7,021 1951-52
1952-53 Neil Johnston*000PHW 1,564 George Mikan*000MNL 8,460 George Mikan*000MNL 8,460 1952-53
1953-54 1,759 9,766 9,766 1953-54
1954-55 1,631 Max Zaslofsky000FTW 7,902 1954-55
1955-56 Bob Pettit*000STL 1,849 George Mikan*000MNL 10,156 10,156 1955-56
1956-57 Paul Arizin*000PHW 1,817 Ed Macauley*000STL 10,150 1956-57
1957-58 George Yardley*000DET 2,001 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 11,764 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 11,764 George Yardley*000DET 2,001 1957-58
1958-59 Bob Pettit*000STL 2,105 13,298 13,298 Bob Pettit*000STL 2,105 1958-59
1959-60 Wilt Chamberlain*
000PHW 1959-62
000SFW 1962-65
000PHI 1965–66
2,707 14,987 14,987 Wilt Chamberlain*000PHW 2,707 1959-60
1960-61 3,033 16,855 16,855 3,033 1960-61
1961-62 4,029 17,677 17,677 4,029 1961-62
1962-63 3,586 18,304 18,304 1962-63
1963-64 2,948 Bob Pettit*000STL 19,756 Bob Pettit*000STL 19,756 1963-64
1964-65 2,534 20,880 20,880 1964-65
1965-66 2,649 Wilt Chamberlain*
000PHI 1965–68
000LAL 1968-73
21,486 Wilt Chamberlain*
000PHI 1965–68
000LAL 1968-73
21,486 1965-66
1966-67 Rick Barry*000SFW 2,775 23,442 23,442 1966-67
1967-68 Dave Bing*000DET 2,142 25,434 25,434 1967-68
1968-69 Elvin Hayes*000SDR 2,327 27,098 27,098 1968-69
1969-70 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*000MIL 2,361 27,426 27,426 1969-70
1970-71 2,596 29,122 29,122 1970-71
1971-72 2,822 30,335 30,335 1971-72
1972-73 Tiny Archibald*000KCO 2,719 31,419 31,419 1972-73
1973-74 Bob McAdoo*000BUF 2,261 Oscar Robertson*000MIL 26,710 1973-74
1974-75 2,831 John Havlicek*000BOS 22,389 1974-75
1975-76 2,427 23,678 1975-76
1976-77 Pete Maravich*000NOJ 2,273 25,073 1976-77
1977-78 George Gervin*000SAS 2,232 26,395 1977-78
1978-79 2,365 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*
000LAL
22,141 1978-79
1979-80 2,585 24,175 1979-80
1980-81 Adrian Dantley*000UTA 2,452 26,270 1980-81
1981-82 George Gervin*000SAS 2,551 28,088 1981-82
1982-83 Alex English*000DEN 2,326 29,810 1982-83
1983-84 Adrian Dantley*000UTA 2,418 31,527 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*000LAL 31,527 1983-84
1984-85 Michael Jordan*000CHI 2,313 33,262 33,262 1984-85
1985-86 Alex English*000DEN 2,414 35,108 35,108 1985-86
1986-87 Michael Jordan*000CHI 3,041 36,474 36,474 1986-87
1987-88 2,868 37,639 37,639 1987-88
1988-89 2,633 38,387 38,387 1988-89
1989-90 2,753 Moses Malone*
000ATL 1989–91
000MIL 1991-93
000PHI 1993–94
000SAS 1994–95
24,868 1989-90
1990-91 2,580 25,737 1990-91
1991-92 2,404 27,016 1991-92
1992-93 2,541 27,066 1992-93
1993-94 David Robinson*000SAS 2,383 27,360 1993-94
1994-95 Shaquille O'Neal 000ORL 2,315 27,409 1994-95
1995-96 Michael Jordan*000CHI 2,491 Michael Jordan*000CHI 24,489 1995-96
1996-97 2,431 26,920 1996-97
1997-98 2,357 29,277 1997-98
1998-99 Shaquille O'Neal 000ORL 1,289 Karl Malone*
000UTA 1998-2003
000LAL 2003-04
28,946 1998-99
1999-00 2,344 31,041 1999-00
2000-01 Jerry Stackhouse 000DET 2,380 32,919 2000-01
2001-02 Paul Pierce^000BOS 2,144 34,707 2001-02
2002-03 Kobe Bryant^000LAL 2,461 36,374 2002-03
2003-04 Kevin Garnett^000MIN 1,987 36,928 2003-04
2004-05 Allen Iverson §000PHI 2,302 Reggie Miller*000IND 25,279 2004-05
2005-06 Kobe Bryant^000LAL 2,832 Shaquille O'Neal
000MIA 2005-08
000PHO 2008-09
000CLE 2009–10
000BOS 2010-11
24,764 2005-06
2006-07 2,430 25,454 2006-07
2007-08 2,323 26,286 2007-08
2008-09 Dwyane Wade^000MIA 2,386 27,619 2008-09
2009-10 Kevin Durant^000OKC 2,472 28,255 2009-10
2010-11 2,161 28,596 2010-11
2011-12 1,850 Kobe Bryant^
000LAL
29,484 2011-12
2012-13 2,280 31,617 2012-13
2013-14 2,593 31,700 2013-14
2014-15 James Harden^000HOU 2,217 32,482 2014-15
Season Year-by-Year Leader Points Active Player Points Leader Total points Career Points Record Total points Single Season Points Record Points Season

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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.
  2. ^ a b "2016 Hall of Fame Candidates". Basketball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  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.
  4. ^ Average is rounded to the nearest tenth.
  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. ^ "NBA Progressive Leaders and Records for Points". Basketball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 

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