The 45 fastest players to score 20,000 NBA points (updated)

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

When LeBron James hit the 20,000 point milestone back in 2013, he became the youngest to do so, but did that mean he was also the fastest to 20,000 points?  No not when measuring speed by games played as the marker of “fastest”.

NBA Players with 20,000 points

Here’s the complete list of the 40+ NBA players that have scored 20,000 points in their NBA careers. The list is 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.

NBA Players with 20,000 Points
Fastest Player Games Date Season Info
1  Wilt Chamberlain 499 1965-66 season 7th more>
2  Michael Jordan 620 01/08/1993 9th more>
3  Oscar Robertson 671 1968-69 season 9th more>
4  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 684 1976-77 season 9th more>
5  Elgin Baylor  711 1968-69 season 11th more>
6  Allen Iverson 713  01/23/2007 11th more>
7  Jerry West ~720  12/19/1970 11th more>
8 LeBron James 726 01/16/2013 10th more>
9 Shaquille O’Neal 727  03/20/2003 11th more>
10 Kevin Durant 737 01/10/2018 11th more
11  George Gervin 747  01/11/1986 10th more>
12 Bob Petit ~760  11/13/1964 11th more>
13  Dominique Wilkins 763  11/05/1992 10th more>
14  Karl Malone 772  01/20/1995  10th more>
15  Adrian Dantley 775 12/11/1987 12th more>
16  Carmelo Anthony 793 11/02/2014 11th more>
17 James Harden 802 01/11/2020 11th more>
18 Larry Bird 809 11/30/1990 12th more>
19 Kobe Bryant 811 12/23/2007 12th more>
20 David Robinson 824 03/05/2002 12th more>
21 Hakeem Olajuwon 833 11/11/1995 12th more>
22 Moses Malone 837 04/12/1987 11th more>
23 Elvin Hayes ~840 1978-79 season 10th more>
24 Dwyane Wade 844 03/19/2016 13th more>
25 Patrick Ewing  845  11/19/1996 12th more>
26 Charles Barkley  858  02/08/1996 12th more>
27 Dirk Nowitzki  876  01/13/2010 12th more>
28 Vince Carter 884 01/17/2011 13th more>
29 Paul Pierce 889 11/10/2010 12th more>
30 Mitch Richmond 900 02/02/2001 13th more>
31 Alex English 903  01/06/1988 12th more>
32 John Havlicek  915  1973-74 season 12th more>
33 Tim Duncan 938 01/22/2012 13th more>
34 Clyde Drexler  967  11/24/1996 13th more>
35 Kevin Garnett  979 03/09/2008 13th more>
36 Ray Allen 964 12/10/2009 14th more>
37 Walt Bellamy 971 1973-74 season 13th more>
38 Hal Greer 981 1970-71 season 13th more>
39 Reggie Miller 1021 11/17/2000 14th more>
40 Antawn Jamison 1070 12/13/2013 16th more>
41 Tom Chambers  1090  04/15/1995 14th more>
42 Gary Payton 1113 11/11/2004 15th more>
43 Robert Parish 1215 01/17/1992 16th more>
44 Joe Johnson 1219 04/08/2017 16th more>
45 Pau Gasol 1219 04/13/2017 16th more>


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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.

Next up? Tony Parker is 2000+ away from 20,000, but with a declining role in San Antonio and Kevin Durant right behind him, look for Durant to leap frog Parker and hit the milestone sometime in early 2017-18.

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 made this list in large part to the longevity of their careers. Parish, for example, never averaged more than 19.9 points per game, but the “Chief” methodically dropped in 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.


  • 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

  • Arthur Banuelos

    We need to consider that part of Jordan’s 9 seasons to accomplish the 20,000 are not all 9 complete seasons, he broke his leg and did not play for a long time.
    We also need to consider that his average is the best in History, so I still think Jordan is the best, no question he is the best all around player that has been in the game.

  • Bruce27365

    MJ was a perfect 6-for-6 in the NBA Finals with 6 MVP awards and had to win 15 playoff games to win each NBA title. In Wilt’s time, you only had to win 8 games for a title. MJ also had to beat teams led by HOF’ers like Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Isiah Thomas, Reggie Miller, Shaquille O’Neal, Clyde Drexler and Karl Malone/John Stockton to win a title. He and Elgin Baylor are the only players to score more than 60 points in a playoff game and MJ has the most playoff games scoring 30, 40 and 50 points. You might beat MJ in a finals game, but you would lose the series is six games (five for Magic’s Lakers in 1991)

  • Brian Moon

    Look at Wilt’s stats while playing against Russell or ask Russ himself if he ever stopped Wilt. Wilt played against plenty of big guys and nobody could stop him. I have news for you. No one after Wilt could have stopped him either. The only way Wilt didn’t score was when his coach wanted him to focus on other things.

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