We know LeBron James is looking to overtake Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the all-time NBA scoring list.
But who did Abdul-Jabbar overtake? And when?
And before that, who was the all-time top scorer in the league?
Only six players remain the NBA’s leading scorers, with Abdul-Jabbar at the top of the list for the longest time. It’s been almost 40 years since he surpassed Wilt his Chamberlain in his 1984.
James becomes seventh when he jumps over Abdul-Jabbar. In terms of James’ scoring percentage, he’s scored over his 40,000 points and it may be another 40 years or so before a player surpasses James.
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Let’s take a look at the top scorers in NBA history.
Joe Flukes, 8,003 points
After an eight-year career with the Philadelphia Warriors, Flux won the scoring title (23.2 points per game) in his first season in the league in 1946-47, and won the league in scoring (22.1 points) the following season. led the Known for introducing his jumping shot into the game, Flux averaged a career-best 26 points in 1948-49 and retired after his season in 1953-54. Flux attended current Murray State University where his jersey was retired. Flux set his then-NBA record with 61 points in 1949 and Elgin in 1959. . In 1976, his girlfriend’s son got into a drunken altercation over a handgun, he was 54 years old. Flux was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978.
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George Mikan 10,156 points
Mikan joined the league from DePaul in the 1948–49 season and was a scorer from the start, scoring at least 30 goals in five of his first ten games. Like Flux, he didn’t play long, just over his six seasons, but Mikan averaged 23.1 points (and he had 13.4 rebounds). He was a six-time All-NBA selection, won three scoring titles, and won five NBA titles. Another dominant big man, he’s 6-10. Mikan is a brilliant scorer in the basket, making perfect layups on Mikan drills, making right-handed and left-handed layups on multiple occasions. I practiced. Mikan overtook Flux in the 1952-53 season. Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959, Mikan helped transform basketball in many ways, including expanding lanes and banning goaltending. As ABA commissioner, Mikan defended his line by three points.
Dolph Schayes, 18,438 points
In 1958, Shays became the all-time leading scorer in NBA history in the Syracuse Nationals’ 3rd quarter victory over the Detroit Pistons. A columnist for the Syracuse Post-Standard wrote, “When the record beckons and feeds him to help his mates make their mark, Schayes finds himself in a better position matchup rather than risking a bad shot.” Consistently passed to opponents.” Shays played his 15th season and averaged 18.5 points in his career, including a career-high 24.9 points for him in 1957-58. Shades has mastered reaching the foul line (his 7.9 attempts per game) and his throw success (84.9%) in frees. Schayes also played in his 91% of the team’s games. He made his 12 All-Star appearances, his 12 All-NBA appearances, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1973.
Bob Pettit, 20,880 points
A few things about Pettit: 1) He was one of the first players to understand the value of weight training, dismissing those who thought building muscle would ruin their shots. 2) According to a United Press International article, in 1964, when Pettitte, playing for the St. Louis Hawks, passed Shays as the all-time leading scorer in NBA history, the game was called off and Cardinals great Stan Musial presented him with a game ball. In an era dominated by big men, Pettit averaged 26.4 points and posted a career-high 31.1 (and 18.7 rebounds) in 1961-62. He led the league in scoring twice, was an All-Star every 11 seasons, and was named MVP twice. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971.
Wilt Chamberlain, 31,419 points
Pettit did not own a record for a long time. Chamberlain entered the league in his 1959 and unstoppable as a 7-1 scorer, he took over as the all-time scoring leader on 14 February 1966. Chamberlain is remembered for his individual scoring feats, including his 100-point game in which he is one of the sport’s most unbreakable records. Chamberlain has scored over 50 in his 113 games (the next closest is Jordan with 31), including his 45 in 1961-62, where Chamberlain averaged 50.4. It was a scoring season. He led the league with his seven points scored, won two titles, earned All-NBA honors ten times, was named MVP four times and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979. .
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 38,387 points
Over the course of 20 seasons, Abdul-Jabbar built them up year after year, burning down opponents in low-post games, including the famous Skyhook. In 1960, when he moved from UCLA to his NBA, Abdul-Jabbar, he was a winner and ready to dominate. He averaged 28.8 points in his rookie season, 31.7 points the following season, 34.8 points the following season, and 30.2 points in his fourth season. He averaged 22 or better for 17 consecutive seasons, averaging 24–27 most of the time. He shot 55.9% of his shots from the field and was a reliable shooter 72.1% of his shots from the foul line. No player has won as many of his MVPs as Abdul-Jabbar’s six. He was an All-Star 19 times, an All-Star NBA He was selected 15 times, won 6 championships, and was named Finals MVP. I was.
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