The 22 NBA players that have scored 25,000 points in the regular season

Kareem NBA all time leading scorer

In the long history of the National Basketball Association, only twenty-one players have scored 25,000 points or more. To emphasize how special that is; there is twice the number of players that have scored 20,000 points than have scored hit the 25,000 point milestone.

The list is filled with many players you’d expect; players you can refer to by just their first names: Kareem, Michael, Karl, Wilt, Kobe, Shaquille, Dirk and Moses.

NBA Players with 25,000 Career Points
1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387
2 Karl Malone 36,928
3 Kobe Bryant* 32,563
4 Michael Jordan 32,292
5  LeBron James* 31,498
6 Dirk Nowitzki* 31,187
7 Wilt Chamberlain 31,419
8 Shaquille O'Neal 28,596
9 Moses Malone 27,409
10 Elvin Hayes 27,313
11 Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946
12 Oscar Robertson 26,710
13 Dominique Wilkins 26,668
14 John Havlicek 26,395
15 Tim Duncan 26,028
16 Kevin Garnett* 25,957
17 Paul Pierce* 25,931
18 Alex English 25,613
19 Carmelo Anthony* 25,551
20 Reggie Miller 25,279
21 Jerry West 25,192
22 Vince Carter  25001

Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce top scorers in NBA history

I’m shocked to see Dirk so high up on the list; the 7-0 sharpshooter is #7 on this list. Barring injuries, Nowitzki will surpass Shaquille O’Neal for #6 ALL-TIME before 2016 despite never leading the league in scoring. Also, a bit of a surprise to see Paul Pierce on the list too. He’s never sniffed being the league leader in points (so hasn’t fellow 25K-member Kevin Garnett), so here’s to being a sustained performer.

Points are great and obviously a critical part of the game, and this list is full of NBA champions. In fact, only four players on this exclusive list never won an NBA championship: Karl Malone, Dominique Wilkins, Reggie Miller and Alex English. Four of the next five players that are short of 25,000 points also didn’t win a championshipPatrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson and Vince Carter.

The list also doesn’t include some big names that are usually in the discussion for the best NBA players of all time: Magic Johnson, Bill Russell and Larry Bird immediately come to mind.

The Youngest NBA Player to Score 25,000 Points

We’ve been all over the “youngest” record and how age has very little to do with “fastest” so we won’t get into it again. That said, not only was LeBron James the “youngest” to 20,000 NBA points, but he also became the “youngest” player to join the 25K club when he scored his 25,000th point at 30 years, 307 days old, “breaking” the Kobe Bryant’s “record” by 209 days. Bryant hit 25K at 31 years, 151 days old — Lebron turns 31 on December 30th. If Kevin Durant can remain healthy, look for LeBron’s “youngest” records to fall.

For a longer look and list of the NBA players that were the youngest and fastest to 25,000 points, click here.

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