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NBA All-Time 30 Points Per Game Players, Year-By-Year

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Isaiah MontoyaCorrespondent IJanuary 12, 2017

The NBA has been around for 63 years, and only 64 different times have individual players averaged over 30 points per game in a season.

The first time it happened was 1960. When rookie Wilt Chamberlain dominated with 37.6 points each game. The league was small and mostly white at the time, but in that same season, Jack Twyman scored over 30 points per game.

Overall, Michael Jordan did it a record eight times and Wilt Chamberlain did it seven times, and they are ranked Nos. 1 and No. 2 for their careers on the all-time scoring per game list. Both with an amazing 30.1 career PPG.

Jordan led the NBA in scoring 10 times and Wilt did it seven. These are the two greatest players ever.

Oscar Robertson averaged over 30 points six times. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West, and Allen Iverson did it four times. 

 

Year by Year

It's such a rare thing it is for a player to actually average 30-plus points per game. These guys somehow did it. They are the great scorers in NBA history. Learn something from this story.

1947 - NONE

1948 - NONE

1949 - NONE

1950 - NONE

1951 - NONE

1952 - NONE

1953 - NONE

1954 - NONE

1955 - NONE

1956 - NONE

1957 - NONE

1958 - NONE

1959 - NONE

1960 - Wilt Chamberlain 37.6, Jack Twyman 31.2

1961 - Wilt Chamberlain 38.4, Elgin Baylor 34.8, Oscar Robertson 30.5

1962 - Wilt Chamberlain 50.4, Walt Bellamy 31.6, Bob Pettit 31.1, Jerry West 30.8, Oscar Robertson 30.8 

1963 - Wilt Chamberlain 44.8, Elgin Baylor 34

1964 - Wilt Chamberlain 36.9, Oscar Robertson 31.4

1965 - Wilt Chamberlain  34.7, Jerry West 31, Oscar Robertson 30.4

1966 - Wilt Chamberlain 33.5, Jerry West 31.3, Oscar Robertson 31.3

1967 - Rick Barry 35.6, Oscar Robertson 30.5

1968 - NONE

1969 - NONE

1970 - Jerry West 31.2

1971 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 31.7 

1972 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 34.8

1973 - Tiny Archibald 34, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 30.2

1974 - Bob McAdoo 30.6

1975 - Bob McAdoo 34.5, Rick Barry 30.6, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 30

1976 - Bob McAdoo 31.1

1977 - Pete Maravich 31.1

1978 - NONE

1979 - NONE

` 1980 - George Gervin 33.1, World B. Free 30.2

1981 - Adrian Dantley 30.6

1982 - George Gervin 32.3, Moses Malone 31.1, Adrian Dantley 30.3

1983 - NONE

1984 - Adrian Dantley 30.6

1985 - Bernard King 32.9

1986 - Dominique Wilkins 30.3

1987 - Michael Jordan 37.1

1988 - Michael Jordan 35.0, Dominique Wilkins 30.7

1989 - Michael Jordan 32.5 

1990 - Michael Jordan 33.6, Karl Malone 31

1991 - Michael Jordan 31.5

1992 - Michael Jordan 30.1

1993 - Michael Jordan 32.6

1994 - NONE (Jordan retired)

1995 - NONE (Jordan retired)

1996 - Michael Jordan 30.4

1997 - NONE

1998 - NONE

1999 - NONE

2000 - NONE

2001 - Allen Iverson 31.1

2002 - Allen Iverson 31.4

2003 - Tracy McGrady 32.1, Kobe Bryant 30

2004 - NONE

2005 - Allen Iverson 30.7

(Rule changes at end of 2005 season made scoring easier, and the defensive three-seconds rule weakened defenses big time. Sad.)

2006 - Kobe Bryant 35.4, Allen Iverson 33, LeBron James 31.4

2007 - Kobe Bryant 31.6

2008 - LeBron James 30

2009 - Dwyane Wade 30.2

2010 - Kevin Durant 30.1 

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