LeBron James and the Greatest Scorers in NBA Playoff History

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LeBron James and the Greatest Scorers in NBA Playoff History
Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are two of the greatest scorers in NBA Playoff history

Who are the greatest scorers in NBA playoff history?

They are all career superstars. They all averaged more than 25 points per game in the postseason. Every one is a Hall of Famer or will be.

There are some definite surprises, though, before you settle on the answer.

Bill Russell? Larry Bird? Bob Cousy? Nope. In fact, not one Boston Celtic makes the list, despite the franchise’s league-leading 17 titles.

Magic Johnson? Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Wilt Chamberlain? Shaquille O’Neal? Guess again.

Who, then, could these 13 players be?

This isn’t some blast from the past. You’ve watched history unfold just this year.

Five of these players are active, and three played in the 2013 playoffs—one is still playing. Tim Duncan? Nah.

Ten of these guys played in the 1980s or later.

Surely you can guess some of the highest-scoring postseason ballers.

There’s the G.O.A.T., of course, but where does he rank? Kobe Bryant and two other Los Angeles Lakers represent, as well.

You’ll never guess who sits at No. 2.

Let’s see how you did.


Statistics courtesy basketball-reference.com.

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