NBA Points Leaders

The Top 20 most NBA Points Leaders

most NBA points leaders

The NBA produced some of the biggest sport stars of all time. But who of them scored the most points in the worlds biggest basketball league?
Find out with the Top 20 ranking of most NBA points leaders!

20. Alex English – 25,613 Points

Alex English
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Alexander English (born January 5, 1954) played 15 seasons in the NBA for four teams, averaging 21.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game during his NBA career. He was named to eight NBA All-Star teams and made the All-NBA Second Teamthree times. His number 2 jersey was retired by the Denver Nuggets in 1992 and he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997.

19. Vince Carter – 25,623 Points

Vince Carter
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Vince Carter (born January 26, 1977) plays for the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA. He is 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) tall and plays both shooting guard and small forward. Carter is one of five players that have played an NBA-record 21 seasons. He is widely regarded as the greatest dunker of all time.

18. Carmelo Anthony – 26,067 Points

Carmelo Anthony
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Carmelo Anthony (born May 29, 1984) last played for the Houston Rockets in the NBA. He has been named an NBA All-Star ten times and an All-NBA Team member six times. He played college basketball for the Syracuse Orange, winning a national championship as a freshman in 2003 while being named the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

17. Kevin Garnett – 26,071 Points

Kevin Garnett
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Kevin Garnett (born May 19, 1976) played for 21 seasons in the NBA. He is one of four NBA players to win both the Most Valuable Player and the Defensive Player of the Year awards. Garnett has been named to 15 All-Star Games, winning the All-Star MVP award in 2003, and is currently tied for third-most All-Star selections in NBA history. He was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2007–08, and has been selected nine times for All-NBA Teams and 12 times for All-Defensive Teams.

16. John Havlicek – 26,395 Points

John Havlicek
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John “Hondo” Havlicek (born April 8, 1940) is an American retired professional basketball player who competed for 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA championships, four of them coming in his first four seasons.

15. Paul Pierce – 26,397 Points

Paul pierce
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Paul Pierce (born October 13, 1977), nicknamed “The Truth”, played 19 seasons in the NBA. After being chosen by the Boston Celtics with the 10th overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft, Pierce spent the first 15 years of his career with Boston. He starred as captain of the Celtics, earning 10 All-Star nods and becoming a four-time All-NBA team member. Pierce combined with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in 2007 to form a “Big Three” that led Boston to two NBA Finals and an NBA championship in 2008.

14. Tim Duncan – 26,496 Points

Tim Duncan
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Tim Duncan (born April 25, 1976) spent his entire 19-year career (1997–2016) with the San Antonio Spurs. After graduating from college, Duncan earned NBA Rookie of the Year honors after being selected by San Antonio with the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft. He is a five-time NBA champion, a two-time NBA MVP, a three-time NBA Finals MVP, a 15-time NBA All-Star, and the only player to be selected to both the All-NBA and All-Defensive Teams for 13 consecutive seasons.

13. Dominique Wilkins – 26,668 Points

Dominique Wilkins
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Dominique Wilkins (born January 12, 1960) played for the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA. Wilkins was a nine-time NBA All-Star, and is widely viewed as one of the best dunkers in NBA history, earning the nickname “The Human Highlight Film”. In 2006, Wilkins was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.


12. Oscar Robertson – 26,710 Points

Oscar Robertson
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Oscar Robertson (born November 24, 1938), nicknamed “The Big O”, played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. The 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m), 205 lb (93 kg) Robertson played point guard and was a 12-time All-Star, 11-time member of the All-NBA Team, and one-time winner of the MVP award in 14 professional seasons. In 1962, he became the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season. In the 1970–71 NBA season, he was a key player on the team that brought the Bucks their only NBA title. 

11. Hakeem Olajuwon – 26,946 Points

Hakeem Olajuwon
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Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon (born January 21, 1963), played the center position in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors. He led the Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995. In 2008, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, and in 2016, he was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame.