Dwyane Wade Passes Larry Bird for 10th on All-Time NBA Playoff Scoring List

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 16: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat look on against the Philadelphia 76ers  in Game Two of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 16, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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With his 16th point Monday night against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade passed Hall of Famer Larry Bird on the list of most career points in NBA playoffs history.

Wade entered Monday with 3,882 postseason points, which ranked 11th all-time, according to Basketball Reference. Wade now sits alone in 10th place, with San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (4,014 points) in ninth.

Whether Wade moves ahead of Parker hinges largely on how deep into the playoffs the Heat get this year. If Miami gets into the conference finals, then Wade could potentially get the hundred-plus points he needs to climb the all-time list.

Parker is unlikely to open up much of a gap on Wade. The Spurs look destined for a quick exit at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, and Parker scored just two points in San Antonio's 113-92 Game 1 defeat.

Moving up to eighth in playoff points will likely be a bridge too far for Wade. Jerry West scored 4,457 points in 153 postseason games, so Wade would need to continue playing for at least another season in order to catch the Los Angeles Lakers legend.

It's unclear whether Wade will return for 2018-19, and even if he did, one more playoff run may not be enough for the 12-time All-Star to track down West.

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