It is often said that defense wins games and championships in the NBA. While there may be truth to this, it only explains part of the reality.
In fact, scoring is still the number one measurement in the NBA. A team cannot win without putting up enough points on the board, no matter how good its defense is (just think of this season’s Chicago Bulls as a glaring example).
When team recaps are displayed, scoring numbers are always the most prominent. In addition, most of the bets in Las Vegas regarding the NBA come down to scoring (wins versus losses or beating the spread).
Furthermore, top scorers who become superstars in the league have the ability to sell tickets, which make the NBA one of the most successful sports leagues in the world.
Personally, I am a big fan of defense, but that topic is for another time. This article will focus on the top 23 most prolific scorers in NBA history.
Let’s say it’s an appropriate number paid in homage to Michael Jordan who still holds the record for highest scoring average.
In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word “prolific” is defined as being fruitful and marked by abundant productivity.
Hence, when considering the best scorers in league history, players were ranked according to the consistency of high scoring games and seasons. And I also had to consider the impact of different eras of the game.
Obviously, it would be easier to score in the late 1950s to early 1960s when team defenses were less complicated, the pace of the game was quicker (more possessions equals more opportunities to score), and players (a.k.a defenders) were shorter, weaker and less athletic.
Nevertheless, it’s time to present the greatest scorers in NBA history.