September 2, 2014

The 39 Fastest Players to score 20,000 NBA points

2013/01/15 5:28 pm 8592 6 comments

dirk nowitzki kobe bryant, and ray allen are all apart of the 20,000 point club

With When LeBron James soon to hit the 20,000 point milestone, he’ll join just he was the youngest to do so, but did that mean he was also the fastest to 20,000 points?  No, not by a long shot when using games played as the measure. Here’s the complete list of all 38 39 NBA players sorted by how many games they needed to reach the twenty-thousand point barrier with the exact dates they hit that mark (when available*), and how many seasons it took.

Player Games Date Season Info
Wilt Chamberlain 499 1965-66 season 7th more>
Michael Jordan 620 January 8 1993 9th more>
Oscar Robertson 671 1968-69 season 9th more>
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 684 1976-77 season 9th more>
Elgin Baylor 711 1968-69 season 11th more>
Allen Iverson 713 January 23 2007 11th more>
Jerry West ~720 December 19 1970 11th more>
LeBron James 726 January 16 2013 10th more>
Shaquille O’Neal 727 March 20 2003 11th more>
George Gervin 747 January 11 1986 10th more>
Bob Petit ~760 November 13 1964 11th more>
Dominique Wilkins 763 November 05 1992 10th more>
Karl Malone 772 January 20 1995 10th more>
Adrian Dantley 775 December 11 1987 12th more>
Carmelo Anthony 792 projected 11th more>
Larry Bird 809 November 30 1990 12th more>
Kobe Bryant 811 December 23 2007 12th more>
David Robinson 824 March 05 2002 12th more>
Hakeem Olajuwon 833 November 11 1995 12th more>
Moses Malone 837 April 12 1987 11th more>
Elvin Hayes ~840 1978-79 season 10th more>
Patrick Ewing 845 November 19 1996 12th more>
Charles Barkley 858 February 08 1996 12th more>
Dirk Nowitzki 876 January 13 2010 12th more>
Vince Carter 884 January 17 2011 13th more>
Paul Pierce 889 November 10 2010 12th more>
Mitch Richmond 900 February 5 2001 13th more>
Alex English 903 January 6 1988 12th more>
John Havlicek 915 1973-74 season 12th more>
Tim Duncan 938 January 22 2012 13th more>
Clyde Drexler 967 November 24 1996 13th more>
Kevin Garnett 979 March 9 2008 13th more>
Ray Allen 964 December 10 2009 14th more>
Walt Bellamy 971 1973-74 season 13th more>
Hal Greer 981 1970-71 season 13th more>
Reggie Miller 1021 November 17 2000 14th more>
Antawn Jamison 1070 December 13 2013 16th more>
Tom Chambers 1090 April 15 1995 14th more>
Gary Payton 1113 November 11 2004 15th more>
Robert Parish 1215 January 17 1992 16th more>

Michael Jordan dribbles by derek harper

No surprise that Wilt Chamberlain heads this list. With his otherworldly scoring averages, Wilt was the only player to net 20,000 points in 7 seasons (499 games). The next fastest to 20,000 was Michael Jordan, but he needed 9 seasons and 620 games, a full 121 games more than Chamberlain.

This list is as much a showcase of some of the most prolific scorers in NBA history, players such as Wilt, Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone and Allen Iverson, as it is to those players that consistently put up solid numbers year after year.

There are plenty of players that weren’t as prolific scorers as a George Gervin, Shaquille O’Neal, Adrian Dantley, Bob Petit, or Dominique Wilkins, but their long careers help them inch up the list.

Players like Reggie Miller, Gary Payton, and Robert Parish make this list thanks to their longevity. Parish, for example, never averaged 20 points, but the “Chief” get 20,000 points after 16 seasons and 1215 games.

Miller and Payton only averaged more than 24 points in one season during their careers. Otherwise, they were rarely injured, allowing them to put up all-star numbers seasons after season.

With so many NBA superstars that have passed through the league in the last several decades, this elite club is surprisingly small. Tom Chambers and Vince Carter make the list and Antwan Jamison will likely join them later this year or next, while Hall of Fame players like Isiah Thomas, Dr. J, Kevin McHale, Scottie Pippen, Rick Barry, John Stockton, and James Worthy missed the cut?

It’s really a tribute to the players on the list.

* For players from 1970′s and before, individual boxscores weren’t available and exact data was difficult to come by, but I was able to approximate the game in which they hit the milestone by using their season’s scoring average. See anything off? Have some tips? Please contact me.

6 Comments

  • So he’s the youngest…..don’t forget he came to the NBA from high school as did Bryant. Age doesn’t mean anything.
    How many games did it take someone is a better measuring stick for the accomplishment.That said he’s not close….

  • wilt chamberlain dit it in a nba where there were only few black players and with almost no real centers, 6’6 centers and he had problems to score against a 6’9 center named bill russel.

    You can add he did it in a nba where there were only 8 teams.

    M.J. is still the most impressive.

  • Which is another reason why Jordan is never rated the Number one basketball player all time. Wilt has over 100 records that can never be broken, and the line is always the myth that there were no other seven footers in his era. He played with several, and nate Thurmond, 6’11 1/2 was on his team.

  • Old School Hoops

    Some people think they know pro basketball. I really hate it when people talk about pro ball, when they only started watching it in the 1990′s. Please Look at the stats put up against Bill Russell. Please read and learn.

    Chamberlain averaged exactly 28.7 points and 28.7 rebounds a game during those 142 games, the point totals brought down a bit by his late-in-career transformation from relentless scoring machine to more well-rounded player. In the early years Wilt scored 50 or more points seven times against Russell, including a high of 62 on January 14, 1962. By the time we could start referring to these men as “aging warriors,” the numbers were a bit more back to earth. Wilt’s high game in their final year was 35, and three times he scored in single figures.

    Russell’s totals against Wilt were 14.5 points and 23.7 rebounds per game. His highest-scoring game against his arch rival was 37.

  • Old School Hoops

    However, you need to understand that Chamberlain is also the greatest individual athlete in the history of sports, in terms of a physical specimen. In his prime, he was 7’1″, 275 lb (Dwight Howard but taller basically), could run a 10.7 100 meter, 48 inch vertical (roughly Michael Jordans) and had a 500 lb bench press (more than Shaq). He also was extremely skilled. He had a deadly fadeaway and tons of post moves. He lead the league in assists because he wanted to show people he could.

    Jordan never lead the NBA in assist.

  • Actually the argument against wilt is very strong he did do amazing things but the players he was playing we far less compared to even the late 70′s which if you pay attention when guys like kareem and others began to join wilts stats plumited whitch is why michals career ppg is higher was he great yes but if he played today he wouldent be in the hall

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