November 16, 2018

These players are the all-time leading scorers / most points in NBA Finals history

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No doubt, scoring is huge in basketball. for the most part, players make it into the NBA based on their advanced abilities and skill set to put the ball in the basket. For the special players that can really fill it up in NBA become leaders of their teams, all-stars, superstars and if you do it consistently over time, be inducted into the Hall-Of-Fame.

Not to know the likes of Dominique Wilkins, Carmelo Anthony, Alex English, and Adrian Dantley, but what separates them from being one of the true legendary greats of the game was their inability to use those skills to advance deep into the playoffs. In particular, the NBA Finals and winning a championship as the primary scorer. It’s no coincidence that the top ten players of all-time have multiple championships and with that, they litter the list of the all-time leading scorers in NBA Finals history.

We’re talking the likes of Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson. All of them in the top ten of everyone’s list of G.O.A.T.s as well as in the top ten of scoring in NBA Finals ever. Not a coincidence.

And despite not being known for his scoring, Bill Russell is also at the top of this list for the simple fact he advanced to an insane TWELVE NBA Finals in his career. Here’s the list of the NBA players that have scored the most points in NBA Finals history.

Players to Score the Most Points in NBA Finals History
Rank Player Total Pts Finals
1 Jerry West* 1679
2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar* 1317 10
3 LeBron James 1276 8
4 Michael Jordan* 1176 8
5 Elgin Baylor* 1161
6 Bill Russell* 1151 12
7 Sam Jones* 1143
8 Tom Heinsohn* 1037
9 John Havlicek* 1018
10 Magic Johnson* 971 9
11 Kobe Bryant 937 7
12 Shaquille O'Neal* 865 6
13 James Worthy* 754
14 George Mikan* 741
15 Larry Bird* 716 5
16 Bob Cousy* 713 7
17 Bob Pettit* 709
18 Tim Duncan 708 6
19 Dwyane Wade 693
20 Dennis Johnson* 676
21 Scottie Pippen* 664 8
22 Wilt Chamberlain* 652 6
23 Frank Ramsey* 634
24 Cliff Hagan* 576
25 Bill Sharman* 574
26 Julius Erving* 561
27 Kevin McHale* 556 5
28 Stephen Curry 481 4
29 Tony Parker 479 5
30 Robert Parish* 477 5
31 Michael Cooper 474
32 Hakeem Olajuwon* 467 3
33 Tom Sanders* 455
34 Bob Dandridge 450
35 Manu Ginobili 407 5
36 Jamaal Wilkes* 398
37 Jim Pollard* 388
38 Vern Mikkelsen* 385
39 Danny Ainge 383
40 Slater Martin* 378
41 Derek Fisher 376
42 Clyde Drexler* 367 3
43 Rick Barry* 363
44 Isiah Thomas* 361 3
45 Kyrie Irving 360 3
46 Robert Horry 358
Gail Goodrich* 358
48 Kevin Durant 355 3
49 Connie Simmons 353
50 Ray Allen* 347
51 Chris Bosh 337
52 Dick Barnett 335
53 Klay Thompson 334 4
54 Byron Scott 330
55 Elvin Hayes* 328
56 Larry Siegfried 327
57 Rudy LaRusso 325
58 Walt Frazier* 321
59 Don Nelson* 319
60 Karl Malone* 313

To see the full updated list, go here.

The Journey is the Reward

It doesn’t take much to move up this list once you get there, but you have to get there first.

The Golden State Warriors making their fourth consecutive NBA Finals and with that their superstars and stars Steph Curry (#28), Kevin Durant (#48), Klay Thompson (#53) and Draymond Green (#88) all making their way up the list. And on such an exclusive list, all it takes is for a player to appear in a couple NBA Finals and have one game of 20 or 25 points for them to move up 10 spots.

Not to diminish the accomplishment, the ease in which players move up counter intuitively highlights the difficulty of moving up because not a lot of players make it far enough. There’s definitely a special place in the NBA annals reserved for the superstars that score the ball when it matters the most — the NBA Finals. If you’re in the top 30 all-time, you’re a lock for the NBA Hall of Fame.

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