Some members of the 50-point club couldn't compare their career stats to Allen Iverson, LeBron James, or even Carmelo Anthony. Throughout its history, the NBA has provided entertainment by showcasing incredible players who have a penchant for scoring hoops. In this article, we'll take a look at the top 50 scorers in NBA history.
You probably know the names of the top three scorers in NBA history: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Lebron James. But many people forget that before they became stars, they were just like everyone else - they went to school, played sports, did some jobs when they were not playing basketball. As children, they all wanted to be like Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant when they grew up.
But what most people don't know is that only five players have scored 100 points in a game. And only two of them are still active in the NBA today. The other three are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, and Wilt Chamberlain. No one wants to talk about Moses or Wilt nowadays because they're both in the Basketball Hall of Fame, but back then they were famous for being black and good at basketball. There was also a racial element to their exclusion - neither one of them liked to play against teams containing white teammates.
In fact, there have been only seven games where someone has scored 40 or more points.
Here are the 15 worst players in NBA history to score 50 or more points in a game: Clifford Robison was never a great NBA player, but he was able to stay in the league for 18 years, from 1989 to 2007. During that time, he scored 50 points seven times. After his retirement, he worked as an assistant coach with several teams including the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers.
Robison's average of 11.6 points per game would be good for 16th all-time, if not for one guy: Sidney Wicks. In 1947, the rookie star averaged 40.4 points per game, which is the best scoring rate ever by a player who didn't play in the ABA. Wicks' achievements have never been matched, and they won't be until another player breaks the 50-point mark.
The closest thing we have today to a player who could average 50 points per game is Kevin Durant. He came close on three occasions, scoring 51, 49, and 48 points respectively. However, he also had three games where he did not score any points, so it can be argued that he actually lost points on those days.
Durant's overall point percentage of 52.5 is already better than many top players over the last century, so it can be assumed that he will continue to improve as he gets older.
NBA and ABA Points Leaders and Records LeBron James is ranked first. Dirk Nowitzki is ranked second. Carmelo Anthony (No. 3) Vince Carter is number four. Dwyane Wade is ranked fifth. Kevin Durant scores six points. Pau Gasol is ranked seventh. Joe Johnson's number eight. Tony Parker No. 9 Jamal Crawford is number ten.
The retired 7'2" center is widely regarded as one of the best players in NBA history. In his career, he had 17,440 rebounds, 3,189 blocks, and 1,560 games.
James leads all current players in scoring and is the first and only player in NBA history with over 9,000 career points, rebounds, and assists.
As the abbreviated 2011-12 NBA season comes to an end, the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, and the Miami Heat's LeBron James are among the top three in the league in points per game. Here they are:
Bryant is first with an average of 27.4 points per game. He has more than one game left to play this season.
Durant is second with an average of 26.8 points per game. He has one game remaining in the regular season.
James is third with an average of 26.7 points per game.
The top three players are James, Bryant, and Durant because no other player averages over 25 points per game.
Here are the top 10 players in points per game:
1. Kobe Bryant (LAK) - 944 points
2. Kevin Durant (OKC) - 913 points
3. LeBron James (MIA) - 870 points
4. Paul George (IND) - 863 points
5. Carmelo Anthony (NYA) - 809 points