NBA Points Leaders

The Top 20 most NBA Points Leaders

10. Elvin Hayes – 27,313 Points

Elvin Hayes
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Elvin Hayes (born November 17, 1945) played 1,303 games over 16 seasons, registering 27,313 points (ninth all-time) and 16,279 rebounds (fourth all-time). He is the all-time leading scorer for the Washington Bullets/Wizards. Hayes never missed more than two games in any of his 16 seasons in the NBA. In addition to his 1968 scoring title, he led the NBA in rebounding in 1970 and 1974.

9. Moses Malone – 27,409 Points

Moses Malone
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Moses Malone (March 23, 1955 – September 13, 2015) played in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1974 through 1995. The center was named the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) three times and was a 12-time NBA All-Star and an eight-time All-NBA Team selection. Malone won his only NBA championship in 1983, when he was both the league and Finals MVP with the Philadelphia 76ers. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2001.

8. Shaquille O’Neal – 28,596 Points

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Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal (born March 6, 1972),  is considered one of the greatest players in NBA history. At 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) tall and 325 pounds (147 kg), he was one of the tallest and heaviest players yet. O’Neal played for six teams throughout his 19-year career. O’Neal’s individual accolades include the 1999–2000 MVP award, the 1992–93 NBA Rookie of the Year award, 15 All-Star game selections, three All-Star Game MVP awards, three Finals MVP awards, two scoring titles, 14 All-NBA team selections, and three NBA All-Defensive Team selections.

7. Wilt Chamberlain – 31,419 Points

Wilt Chamberlain
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Wilt Chamberlain (August 21, 1936 – October 12, 1999) is considered one of the greatest players in history. He played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers. He played for the University of Kansas and also for the Harlem Globetrotters before playing in the NBA. Chamberlain stood 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) tall, and weighed 250 pounds (110 kg) as a rookie before bulking up to 275 and eventually to over 300 pounds (140 kg) with the Lakers.

6. Dirk Nowitzki – 31,560 Points

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Dirk Nowitzki (born June 19, 1978) is a German former professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks, where he had played his entire 21-year National Basketball Association (NBA) career. In the NBA, he won the league Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in 2007, was an NBA champion in 2011, and was a 14-time All-Star.

5. Michael Jordan – 32,292 Points

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Michael Jordan (born February 17, 1963), is the principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets. He played 15 seasons in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. His biography on the official NBA website states: “By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.” He was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.

4. Kobe Bryant – 33,643 Points

Kobe Bryant
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Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978), played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He entered the NBA directly from high school and won five NBA championships. Bryant is an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and 12-time member of the All-Defensive team. He led the NBA in scoring during two seasons and ranks third on the league’s all-time regular season scoring and fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list. He died on January 26, 2020, in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.