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NBA All Time Scoring Leaders

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There are currently 38 NBA players who have accumulated over 20,000 points in their career. Kareem Abdul-jabbar tops this list of NBA All Time points leaders, scoring 38,387 points over 20 years. Michael Jordan probably would have broken Kareem’s NBA scoring record if he had chosen not to retire from basketball twice.

Kobe Bryant scored his 30,000th point on a short one-hander over Robin Lopez late in the second quarter against the New Orleans Hornets on December 5th.

Kobe is the highest ranked active player. Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki, Ray Allen, Tim Duncan, Paul Pierce, Vince Carter and LeBron James are the only other active players who have scored more than 20,000 career points.

LeBron James was now joined the 20,000 point club.

Rk. Player Team(s)
Total
# of Yrs
1 Kareem Abdul-jabbar Milwaukee Bucks (1969/70 – 1974/75)
Los Angeles Lakers (1975/76 – 1988/89)
38,387
20
2 Karl Malone Utah Jazz (1985/86 – 2002/03)
Los Angeles Lakers (2003/04)
36,928
19
3 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls (1984/85 – 1992/93)
Chicago Bulls (1994/95 – 1997/98)
Washington Wizards (2001/02 – 2002/03)
32,292
15
4 Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia Warriors (1959/60 – 1961/62)
San Francisco Warriors (1962/63 – 1964/65)
Philadelphia 76ers (1964/65 – 1967/68)
Los Angeles Lakers (1968/69 – 1972/73)
31,419
14
5 * Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers (1996/97 – present)
30,641
17
6 Shaquille O’Neal Orlando Magic (1992/93 – 1995/96)
Los Angeles Lakers (1996/97 – 2003/04)
Miami Heat (2004/05 – 2007/08)
Phoenix Suns (2007/08 – 2008/09)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2009/10)
Boston Celtics (2010/11)
28,596
19
7 Moses Malone Buffalo Braves (1976/77)
Houston Rockets (1976/77 – 1981/82)
Philadelphia 76ers (1982/83 – 1985/86)
Washington Bullets (1986/87 – 1987/88)
Atlanta Hawks (1988/89 – 1990/91)
Milwaukee Bucks (1991/92 – 1992/93)
Philadelphia 76ers (1993/94)
San Antonio Spurs (1994/95)
27,409
19
8 Elvin Hayes San Deigo Rockets (1968/69 – 1970/71)
Houston Rockets (1971/72)
Baltimore Bullets (1972/73)
Capital Bullets (1973/74)
Washington Bullets (1974/75 – 1980/81)
Houston Rockets (1981/82 – 1983/84)
27,313
16
9 Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets (1984/85 – 2000/01)
Toronto Raptors (2001/02)
26,946
18
10 Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals (1960/01 – 1969/70)
Milwaukee Bucks (1970/71 – 1973/74)
26,710
14
11 Dominique Wilkins Atlanta Hawks (1982/83 – 1993/94)
Los Angeles Clippers (1993/94)
Boston Celtics (1994/95)
San Antonio Spurs (1995/96)
Orlando Magic (1996/97)
26,668
15
12 John Havlicek Boston Celtics (1962/63 – 1977/78)
26,395
16
13 Alex English Milwaukee Bucks (1976/77 – 1977/78)
Indiana Pacers (1978/79 – 1979/80)
Denver Nuggets (1979/80 – 1989/90)
Dallas Mavericks (1990/91)
25,613
15
14 Reggie Miller Indiana Pacers (1987/88 – 2004/05)
25,279
18
15 * Kevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves (1995/96 – 2006/07) Boston Celtics (2007/08 – present)
25,193
18
16 Jerry West Los Angeles Lakers (1960/61 – 1973/74)
25,192
14
17 Patrick Ewing New York Knicks (1985/86 – 1999/00)
Seattle SuperSonics (2000/01)
Orlando Magic (2001/02)
24,815
17
18 Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers (1996/97 – 2006/07)
Denver Nuggets (2006/07 – 2008/09)
Detroit Pistons (2008/09)
Memphis Grizzlies (2009/10)
Philadelphia 76ers (2009/10)
24,368
14
19 * Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks (1998/99 – present)
24,312
15
20 Charles Barkley Philadelphia 76ers (1984/85 – 1991/92)
Phoenix Suns (1992/93 – 1995/96)
Houston Rockets (1996/97 – 1999/00)
23,757
16
21 * Ray Allen Milwaukee Bucks (1996/97 – 2002/03) Seattle SuperSonics (2002/03 – 2006/07) Boston Celtics (2007/08 – 2011/12) Miami Heat (2012/13)
23,355
17
22 Robert Parish Golden State Warriors (1976/77 – 1979/80)
Boston Celtics (1980/81 – 1993/94)
Charlotte Hornets (1994/95 – 1995/96)
Chicago Bulls (1996/97)
23,334
21
23 * Paul Pierce Boston Celtics (1998/99 – present)
23,329
15
24 * Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs ( 1997/98 – present)
23,244
16
25 Adrian Dantley Buffalo Braves (1976/77)
Indiana Pacers (1977/78)
Los Angeles Lakers (1977/78 – 1978/79)
Utah Jazz (1979/80 – 1985/86)
Detroit Pistons (1986/87 – 1988/89)
Dallas Mavericks (1988/89 – 1989/90)
Milwaukee Bucks (1990/91)
23,177
15
26 Elgin Baylor Minneapolis Lakers (1958/59 – 1959/60)
Los Angeles Lakers (1960/61 – 1971/72)
23,149
14
27 Clyde Drexler Portland Trailblazers (1983/84 – 1994/95)
Houston Rockets (1994/95 – 1997/98)
22,195
15
28 Gary Payton Seattle SuperSonics (1990/91 – 2001/02)
Milwaukee Bucks (2002/03)
Los Angeles Lakers (2003/04)
Boston Celtics (2004/05)
Miami Heat (2005/06 – 2006/07)
21,813
17
29 Larry Bird Boston Celtics (1979/80 – 1991/92)
21,791
13
30 * Vince Carter Toronto Raptors (1998/99 – 2004/05) New Jersey Nets (2004/05 – 2008/09) Orlando Magic (2009/10 – 2010/11) Phoenix Suns (2010/11) Dallas Mavericks (2011/12 – present)
21,609
15
31 Hal Greer Syracuse Nationals (1958/59 – 1962/63)
Philadelphia 76ers (1963/64 – 1972/73)
21,586
15
32 Walt Bellamy Chicago Zephyrs (1961/62 – 1962/63)
Baltimore Bullets (1963/64 – 1965/66)
New York Knicks (1965/66 – 1968/69)
Detroit Pistons (1968/69 – 1969/70)
Atlanta Hawks (1969/70 – 1973/74)
New Orleans Jazz (1974/75)
20,941
14
33 Bob Pettit Milwaukee Hawks (1954/55)
St. Louis Hawks (1955/56 – 1964/65)
20,880
11
34 David Robinson San Antonio Spurs (1989/90 – 2002/03)
20,790
14
35 George Gervin San Antonio Spurs (1976/77 – 1984/85)
Chicago Bulls (1985/86)
20,708
10
36 Mitch Richmond Golden State Warriors (1988/89 – 1990/91)
Sacramento Kings (1991/92 – 1997/98)
Washington Wizards (1998/99 – 2000/01)
Los Angeles Lakers (2001/02)
20,497
14
37 Tom Chambers San Diego Clippers (1981/82 – 1982/83)
Seattle Supersonics (1983/84 – 1987/88)
Phoenix Suns (1988/89 – 1992/93)
Utah Jazz (1993/94 – 1994/95)
Charlotte Hornets (1996/97)
Philadelphia 76ers (1997/98)
20,049
16
38 * LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers (2003/04 – 2009/10)
Miami Heat (2010.11 – present)
20,046
10

* Denotes active player
Updated: Jan. 18th 2013

Sources:
basketball-reference.com
databasebasketball.com
wikipedia

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  • Toni Navarro

    common!!

  • Sarah Joy

    needs to be updated Kobe is now #4.

  • Thanos

    Dr J ??

  • True fan

    Definitely dr. J … Along with magic and bird those three made it great to watch

  • True fan

    If the best “Jordan” is based on rings then bill Russell is the absolute king. I’ll look it up but John Havlicek May also have more than Jordan. And Havlicek had better numbers than bird.

    • Pacbigp

      It’s not just rings it’s everything . You have to avg. things out by how many years they played. People say this and tha with breaking it down . Like for example kobey ain’t close to mike it took him 17 years and still didn’t catch mike wit points mike did in 15years. Avg over 2100 a year mike 10 steal game and a couple 9 steal games . Triple doubles etc. height position . You have to weigh it all. Labron is good all around but not great in anything. He can’t even lay claim to be the best at even one stat.

  • Dr J

    Where is dr J he had 30 000 points

  • Holden

    Where is DR J he was so good

    • Pacbigp

      Just so you know dr j was great. But he wouldn’t hae done nearly as much in the me years or even now. There was no comp back then.

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