When we think about the greatest players in the history of the NBA, who comes to mind? There are several possibilities, including Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James. But, which one is truly the best?
LeBron James has the most career points in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has the most career points of any player in NBA history and is considered one of the greatest players of all time. He is often compared to Michael Jordan in debates about the greatest basketball player in history.
James is just 1,325 points behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who holds the record for most points in NBA history. He has come close to breaking this record every season but one, and says he is “in awe” of how close he is. NBA analyst Shannon Sharpe has a similar view: “I find it fascinating that LeBron James is so close to becoming the NBA’s all-time leader.”
According to the NBA, LeBron James needs to play 49 games more to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record. The Lakers are scheduled to play their 49th game this season against the San Antonio Spurs. LeBron James’ 49th game will be against the Toronto Raptors on March 10, 2023.
James’ average points per game have been over twenty-nine this season, and he is on pace to break that record in 2020. He has averaged over twenty-seven points per game since his rookie season, and he is on pace to surpass that mark in the 2020 season. In a tragic season for the Lakers, James responded by scoring 30.3 points per game, and he is now on pace to become the most prolific NBA scorer in history.
James’ scoring surge hasn’t helped the Lakers climb the Western standings, but it has allowed him to pass the record held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. His scoring total is 44,152 points over the regular season and playoffs combined, and he’s less than a year away from unseating Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the all-time leader.
Wilt Chamberlain is the first player in NBA history to reach the threshold of 30,000 points. He broke the record set by Elgin Baylor in 1987 when he played in triple-overtime against the Lakers. His 78 points topped the previous record by 19 points, which was set by Baylor in 1971. No other player on the floor scored 20 or more points in that game.
Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a single game on March 2, 1962. This game helped cement the NBA in what was then a wobbly time. Chamberlain’s incredible game broke a quota that NBA owners had set for Black players.
During the first half of that game, the Warriors led by 19 points. Despite the lead, the crowd’s focus was on Chamberlain’s point totals. Public-address announcer Dave Zinkoff, who had traveled to Hershey, Pennsylvania, for the game, thundered out Chamberlain’s running point total with every basket and free throw.
Chamberlain also had great games when he was younger. During his prime, he was taller and faster than anyone else in the league. His average was 50.6 points per game. During the month of March, Chamberlain had to score 237 points in five games in order to reach 4,000 points for the season. During this time, Chamberlain broke numerous records, including the record for most free throws made in a season. This record was later broken by Adrian Dantley in January 1984.
Chamberlain also set the record for most points in a single game against the Boston Celtics. He went on to set the season scoring record and the single-game scoring record. The Knicks had two centers during that season. The rookie Darrall Imhoff was a rookie and Phil Jordon was an experienced player. Unfortunately, Jordon was missing the game because of a late night bender. In fact, he was vomiting in the hotel room in Harrisburg.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the most decorated player in NBA history. His 38,387 career points are second only to LeBron James’ 44,152 points in regular season and postseason games. But that doesn’t mean Abdul-Jabbar isn’t the best player of all time. After all, James has played fewer games than Abdul-Jabbar.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s career scoring record was not broken until the end of the 1988-89 season. After averaging 24.6 points per game, he went on to win six NBA MVP awards and five championships. In addition to his NBA career record, he was also inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s career point total is nearly 7,000 more than Wilt Chamberlain’s. His record is considered the most prestigious statistic in the NBA. It is a true testament to the power of a basketball player’s body.
During the 1978-79 season, Jabbar was playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. His teammate Magic Johnson passed the ball to him and he scored his 22nd point of the night. This was his 31,420th point of his career. Afterwards, his teammates rushed the court and the crowd erupted in a standing ovation. Jabbar finished the game with a total of five rebounds and three assists, and he was just one point shy of breaking Chamberlain’s record.
In the history of basketball, the team with the most points wins the game. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar dominated the sport for over two decades, scoring 38,387 points over his career. He was the most productive offensive scoring weapon ever. In fact, he scored more than half of the league’s points.
Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players in NBA history. He scored the most points of any player in the history of the league and set several records. The Los Angeles Lakers’ star is the longest-tenured player in NBA history and has scored 33,643 points in his career. His career highs were 16,161 points in the Staples Center, which was dubbed the “House Built by Kobe.” Kobe was selected to the NBA All-Star Game 18 times and won it four times. He is the youngest player to ever feature in an All-Star game.
Bryant has also broken the 100-point mark. He surpassed Wilt Chamberlain’s record, which was thought to be out of reach for today’s players. Currently, no Laker can top Chamberlain’s career-high points. In the NBA, only two players have scored over sixty-five points in a game: Wilt Chamberlain and Kobe Bryant.
In 2006-07, Bryant started a streak of scoring 50 or more points in four consecutive games. On the 16th of March 2007, he scored 65 points against the Portland Trail Blazers, which was more than half of his team’s points in that game. His averages were 28-46 from the field, seven-of-13 from downtown, and 18-20 free throws.
Kobe Bryant had a tough competitor’s mentality. He had a fierce rivalry with Shaquille O’Neal and a love of the game. His relentless pursuit of the game gave him a cult-like following among his fans. He was a superstar who played basketball for 20 years.
During his 20-year career, Bryant was one of the most prolific scorers in the league. His ability to hit the three-point shot, finish at the basket, and drive to the basket were some of his signature moves. Those skills made him a natural-born scorer. He once averaged 50 points per game. In his career, he scored 33,643 points. Recently, LeBron James overtook Bryant’s record.
Michael Jordan is the most prolific scorer in NBA history. In his career, he has scored 32,292 points. Many consider him the greatest player in NBA history. He played for the Chicago Bulls and won two three-peats with the team. His accomplishments also helped take the NBA to a global level. Today, he is the owner of the Charlotte Hornets.
In addition to leading the league in scoring ten times, Michael Jordan had 31 games with more than 50 points. It is a fact that Michael Jordan could have won more championships and scored more points. In fact, he had at least 60 points in five games, including one against the Boston Celtics in the playoffs. Another memorable game was when he scored 69 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers on 28 March 1990.
Chamberlain scored fifty points on 118 occasions during his NBA career. However, Michael Jordan is still the leader in the postseason scoring records. Only Donovan Mitchell came close to joining this exclusive club. This is a very rare feat in the NBA. If you’re wondering who has the most playoff games with over 50 points, take a look at these statistics.
In 1987, Michael Jordan had one of the best scoring seasons since Wilt Chamberlain. He became the first player to score 3,000 points in a single season. In the regular season, he averaged 37.1 points on 48.2% shooting. Moreover, he was the first player to record at least 100 blocks and 200 steals. Despite the success of his season, his team was swept by the Boston Celtics in the playoffs.
Another NBA great is Kobe Bryant. He is the star of the Los Angeles Lakers. He is the face of the league and is considered one of the greatest players ever. His versatility and skill set helped him to become one of the most sought after athletes in the world.