1 Michael Jordan
Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player.
Scored an average of 31 points ever - 2storm
2 Wilt Chamberlain
Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain was an American basketball player . He was born on August 21, 1936 in Philadelphia and died on October 12, 1999 in Los Angeles due to heart failure . ...read more.
Scored 70 points or more in a game 6 times.
He should be 2nd.
Scored 60 or more points in a game 32 times.
Additionaly, top season scorer 7 times (only Jordan has more - 10) and top scorer of all times for a decade (Jabbar broke his record).
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3 Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bean Bryant is an American retired professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Kobe Bryant has won 5 NBA championships with the Lakers and is the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history.
In terms of Pure Scoring Ability, I believe Kobe Bryant is the greatest Player ever to ever pick up a Basketball. If you take the time to really dissect and break down Kobe Bryant’s Offensive skillset, you should be able to see why he is the hardest player ever to guard. His combination of Speed, and uncanny incredible shooting ability enables him to improvise a countless number of moves in traffic from virtually anywhere on the court and still get his shot off before the defender can reach him. these traits are why he excels on the fastbreak and make him impossible to guard in 1 on 1 situations. This is why I believe that Kobe Bryant is the most unstoppable scorer and offensive presence of all time.
4 Allen Iverson
Allen Ezail Iverson is an American retired professional basketball player who played for 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association. V 1 Comment
5 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers.
Best NBA scorer (total points) of all time. Underrated in this list.
Most points scored ever - 2storm
6 Karl Malone
Karl Anthony Malone is an American retired professional basketball player. Nicknamed "The MailMan", Malone played the power forward position and spent his first 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association with the Utah Jazz and formed a formidable duo with his teammate John Stockton.
Second all time leading scorer of NBA.
7 Dirk Nowitzki
Strength+Shooting Ability+Post Game gives him the edge over almost anybody that guards him. This allows him to have the ability to make himself an offensive presence anytime he wants to. He can bully you in the post, and if that doesn’t work, he can use his size and body to shoot over you. Pure Scorer is just a word that describes Dirk Nowitzki.
8 Hakeem Olajuwon
Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, formerly known as Akeem Olajuwon, is a Nigerian-American retired professional basketball player.
9 Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed Shaq, is a retired American professional basketball player who is currently an analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. He is known for his fun, friendly personality, and is one of the most beloved athletes of all time.
10 Elgin Baylor
Most fans do not know that he had the highest NBA season scoring average EVER by anyone not named Wilt Chamberlain.
Elgin Baylor averaged 38.3 points per game in the 1961-62 season, compared with Michael Jordan's highest ever season average of 37.1.
The problem was, that happened to be the year that Wilt averaged 50 points a game, and nobody ever bothers to check who came in SECOND.
One of only 5 NBA players to ever score 70 points or more in a game. Interestingly, Michael Jordan never did it!
11 Kevin Durant
Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association.
He was MVP of the 2017 NBA Finals.
12 Larry Bird
Larry Joe Bird is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Bird is a 3x champ, 1x ROTY, 1x Finals MVP, 3x 3PT Contest winner, all with the Boston Celtics. (1979-1992)
13 Oscar Schmidt
He was 16 times top individual scorer (7 times in Italy, 1 in Spain and 8 times in Brazil).
49,737 total points in his 29 year professional career.
He was drafted by the New Jersey Nets in the sixth round of the 1984 NBA Draft, and had several other opportunities to play in the NBA, but declined them all in order to continue to play for Brazil's national team (until 1989, NBA players were not allowed to play for national teams). While playing in Italy, he earned a fan in future NBA star Kobe Bryant, who called Schmidt one of his childhood idols and later said Schmidt could have been one of the greatest in the NBA if he had played there.
The Brazilian forward is (unofficially) the greatest total scorer of world basketball with around 49,000 points.
14 Jerry West
Jerry Alan West is an American retired basketball player who played his entire professional career for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.
15 LeBron James
LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. LeBron has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and the Lakers.
16 Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Kyam Anthony is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.
17 Ray Allen
Walter Ray Allen, Jr. is a former American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent.
18 George Gervin
George Gervin, nicknamed "The Iceman," is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association for the Virginia Squires, San Antonio Spurs, and Chicago Bulls.
The 'iceman' were 4 times top sea season scorer of NBA coming third (together with Iverson and Durant).
19 Oscar Robertson
Oscar Palmer Robertson, nicknamed "The Big O", is an American retired National Basketball Association player who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks.
20 Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.
D-Wade’s acrobatic ability allows him to create the shots he wants, plus his lightning quickness allows him to maneuver and shimmy his way into the paint with ease. Also, has an impeccable mid range shooting game, so he can score from virtually anywhere on the court.
21 Dominique Wilkins
22 Alex English
Most underrated scorer in NBA history, three times top season scorer.
23 Stephen Curry
Wardell Stephen Curry II is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Many players and analysts have called him the greatest shooter in NBA history. He is one of the most beloved, as well as hated, stars in the NBA today.
24 Javale McGee
Just one of a kind
25 Tracy McGrady
Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player who is best known for his career in the National Basketball Association, where he played as both a shooting guard and small forward.
26 Adrian Dantley
27 Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Andrew Irving is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association.