Top 10 Greatest Pure Scorers in NBA History

The Top Ten

1 Michael Jordan Michael Jordan Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player.

No question. He is the No. 1

The best scorer in nba history 30.1 PPG

2 Wilt Chamberlain 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.

All of the NBA players in history combined [except for Wilt] have scored over 60 points in a game 62 times.
Wilt all by himself has scored over 60 points in a game 62 times.

Just wondering which of the other names on this list ever averaged over 50.4 points per game for an entire season, like Wilt did his best year?
OK then, which of the other names on this list averaged over 44.8 points per game for an entire season like Wilt did in another year?
Well surely somebody averaged more than the 38.9 points per game for an entire season like Wilt did in yet another year?
No?
I think the answer is obvious.

3 Kobe Bryant 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.

Goat

4 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 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.

All time leading scorer of NBA.

5 Carmelo Anthony Carmelo Anthony Carmelo Kyam Anthony is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.
6 Allen Iverson Allen Iverson Allen Ezail Iverson is an American retired professional basketball player who played for 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association.
7 Dirk Nowitzki Dirk Nowitzki
8 Karl Malone 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 scorer of all times.

9 Kevin Durant 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.

Not a fan, but he's a 7 foot McGrady with HoF deep range deadeye.

10 Hakeem Olajuwon Hakeem Olajuwon Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, formerly known as Akeem Olajuwon, is a Nigerian-American retired professional basketball player.

The Contenders

11 Dwyane Wade Dwyane Wade Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.
12 Tracy McGrady 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.
13 Larry Bird 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)
14 Shaquille O' Neal 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.

8th all time leading scorer with 28,596 points (23.7 ppg).

15 Russell Westbrook Russell Westbrook Russell Westbrook Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association.
16 Julius Erving Julius Erving Julius Winfield Erving II, commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is an American retired basketball player who helped popularize a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and playing above the rim.

One of the most amazing players ever.

17 Pistol Pete Maravich
18 Jerry West 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.

The best pure shooter of all time, at least until Stef Curry came along. His lifetime scoring average of 27.03 was accomplished WITHOUT the 3-point line being in existence. How many 3's would Jerry West have been able to get in an average game? If he was getting 5-7 per night like Curry, his career scoring average would exceed Chamberlain's and Jordan's. Even if he was only getting 3 per night, he would equal them.

19 Draymond Green Draymond Green Draymond Jamal Green Sr. is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association.
20 Magic Johnson Magic Johnson Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons.

Erwin Johnson was really Magic.

21 Charles Barkley Charles Barkley Charles Wade Barkley is an American retired professional basketball player and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA.
22 Moses Malone Moses Malone Moses Eugene Malone was an American basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association from 1974 through 1995. The center was named the NBA Most Valuable Player three times and was a 12-time NBA All-Star and an eight-time All-NBA selection. ...read more.
23 David Robinson David Robinson David Maurice Robinson is an American former professional basketball player, who played center for the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association for his entire career.
24 Oscar Robertson 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.
25 Stephen Curry 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.
26 James Harden James Harden James Edward Harden, Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.
27 Kawhi Leonard Kawhi Leonard Kawhi Anthony Leonard is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. He has played for the San Antonio Spurs and the Raptors.
28 Kyrie Irving Kyrie Irving Kyrie Andrew Irving is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association.
29 Giannis Antetokounmpo Giannis Antetokounmpo Giannis Antetokounmpo is a Greek professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association.
30 Anthony Davis Anthony Davis Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association.
31 DeMar DeRozan DeMar DeRozan DeMar Darnell DeRozan is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association.
32 John Wall John Wall
33 Klay Thompson Klay Thompson Klay Alexander Thompson is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association.
34 Paul George Paul George Paul George is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association.
35 Jimmy Butler Jimmy Butler
36 Karl-Anthony Towns Karl-Anthony Towns Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. is a Dominican-American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats.
37 DeMarcus Cousins DeMarcus Cousins DeMarcus Amir Cousins is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association.
38 Chris Paul Chris Paul Christopher Emmanuel Paul is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.
39 Damian Lillard Damian Lillard Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association.
40 Gordon Hayward Gordon Hayward Gordon Daniel Hayward is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association.
41 Isaiah Thomas Isaiah Thomas Isaiah Jamar Thomas is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association.
42 Kyle Lowry Kyle Lowry Kyle Lowry is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association.
43 Patrick Ewing Patrick Ewing
44 Kevin Garnett Kevin Garnett Kevin Maurice Garnett is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association.
45 Kevin Love Kevin Love Kevin Wesley Love is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association.
46 Dwight Howard Dwight Howard Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association.
47 Kemba Walker Kemba Walker Kemba Hudley Walker is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association.
48 Tim Duncan Tim Duncan Timothy Theodore "Tim" Duncan is an American professional basketball player who has played his entire career for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.
49 Bill Russell Bill Russell William Felton "Bill" Russell is an American retired professional basketball player. Russell played center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association from 1956 to 1969.
50 Blake Griffin Blake Griffin Blake Austin Griffin is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association.
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