There’s a reason Michael Jordan is considered by many to be the greatest scorer the NBA has ever seen.
Not only did Jordan win an NBA record 10 scoring titles, but his career average of 30.12 points per game is the most in league history.
Jordan averaged at least 30 points in eight of his 15 seasons. He peaked in 1986-87 when he poured in 37.1 points per game. Only Wilt Chamberlain has ever averaged more points in a single season.
Not far behind Jordan on the all-time leaderboard is — no surprise — Chamberlain with a career average of 30.07 points per game. There’s a bit of a gap between them and the next group, which features two active players in LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
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Which NBA players have the highest career scoring average?
Michael Jordan (30.12) and Wilt Chamberlain (30.07) are the only players in NBA history with a career average of over 30 points per game. Elgin Baylor ranks third all-time with 27.36 points per game, followed closely by Kevin Durant (27.18) and LeBron James (27.13).
The other active players currently in the top 20 are James Harden, Damian Lillard and Stephen Curry.
The league’s all-time leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, ranks 17th with 24.61 points per game in his career.
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Jordan also holds the record for the highest career scoring average in the playoffs with 33.45 points per game. On his heels is Luka Doncic, who is averaging 32.54 points per game through three postseasons.