Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and the NBA’s Single Season Points Leaders

Wilt Chamberlain Has Four of the Top Five Highest Scoring Seasons in History

Wilt Chamberlain Has Four of the Top Five Highest Scoring Seasons in History (kterrl.wordpress.com)

The NBA is back!  How great is that?

Let’s get our feet wet again and take a look at the top 25 highest scoring seasons for a player in history.

Every one of these guys, except for Kobe Bryant who will be, are in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

More than half of this list (13) is claimed by Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan.  Wilt is the only player to top 4,000 points.

Take note also that the NBA’s offensive game has changed over the years greatly.  Jordan, Bryant and Karl Malone are the latest players to make the list – and the only ones post-1982.

Level of talent, changes in officiating and league rules and perhaps a lull in super-offensive players after Jordan are all reasons why. Compare the top list with the second list below that runs down the top scorers in the league for each of the past 30 years.

MOST POINTS NBA SEASON, HISTORY

1. Wilt Chamberlain 4,029 1961-62 Philadelphia Warriors
2. Wilt Chamberlain 3,586 1962-63 San Francisco Warriors
3. Michael Jordan 3,041 1986-87 Chicago Bulls
4. Wilt Chamberlain 3,033 1960-61 Philadelphia Warriors
5. Wilt Chamberlain 2,948 1963-64 San Francisco Warriors
6. Michael Jordan 2,868 1987-88 Chicago Bulls
7. Kobe Bryant 2,832 2005-06 Los Angeles Lakers
8. Bob McAdoo 2,831 1974-75 Buffalo Braves
9. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 2,822 1971-72 Milwaukee Bucks
10. Rick Barry 2,775 1966-67 San Francisco Warriors
11. Michael Jordan 2,753 1989-90 Chicago Bulls
12. Tiny Archibald 2,719 1972-73 Kansas City-Omaha Kings
12. Elgin Baylor 2,719 1962-63 Los Angeles Lakers
14. Wilt Chamberlain 2,707 1959-60 Philadelphia Warriors
15. Wilt Chamberlain 2,649 1965-66 Philadelphia Warriors
16. Michael Jordan 2,633 1988-89 Chicago Bulls
17. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 2,596 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks
18. George Gervin 2,585 1979-80 San Antonio Spurs
19. Michael Jordan 2,580 1990-91 Chicago Bulls
20. George Gervin 2,551 1981-82 San Antonio Spurs
21. Michael Jordan 2,541 1992-93 Chicago Bulls
22. Karl Malone 2,540 1989-90 Utah Jazz
23. Elgin Baylor 2,538 1960-61 Los Angeles Lakers
24. Wilt Chamberlain 2,534 1964-65 San Francisco Warriors / Philadelphia 76ers
25. Moses Malone 2,520 1981-82 Houston Rockets

MOST POINTS, 1980-81 thru 2010-11

2010-11 Kevin Durant 2,161 Oklahoma City Thunder
2009-10 Kevin Durant 2,472 Oklahoma City Thunder
2008-09 Dwyane Wade 2,386 Miami Heat
2007-08 Kobe Bryant 2,323 Los Angeles Lakers
2006-07 Kobe Bryant 2,430 Los Angeles Lakers
2005-06 Kobe Bryant 2,832 Los Angeles Lakers
2004-05 Allen Iverson 2,302 Philadelphia 76ers
2003-04 Kevin Garnett 1,987 Minnesota Timbewolves
2002-03 Kobe Bryant 2,461 Los Angeles Lakers
2001-02 Paul Pierce 2,144 Boston Celtics
2000-01 Jerry Stackhouse 2,380 Detroit Pistons
1999-00 Shaquille O’Neal 2,344 Los Angeles Lakers
1998-99 Shaquille O’Neal 1,289 Los Angeles Lakers
1997-98 Michael Jordan 2,357 Chicago Bulls
1996-97 Michael Jordan 2,431 Chicago Bulls
1995-96 Michael Jordan 2,491 Chicago Bulls
1994-95 Shaquille O’Neal 2,315 Orlando Magic
1993-94 David Robinson 2,383 San Antonio Spurs
1992-93 Michael Jordan 2,541 Chicago Bulls
1991-92 Michael Jordan 2,404 Chicago Bulls
1990-91 Michael Jordan 2,580 Chicago Bulls
1989-90 Michael Jordan 2,753 Chicago Bulls
1988-89 Michael Jordan 2,633 Chicago Bulls
1987-88 Michael Jordan 2,868 Chicago Bulls
1986-87 Michael Jordan 3,041 Chicago Bulls
1985-86 Alex English 2,414 Denver Nuggets
1984-85 Michael Jordan 2,313 Chicago Bulls
1983-84 Adrian Dantley 2,418 Utah Jazz
1982-83 Alex English 2,326 Denver Nuggets
1981-82 George Gervin 2,551 San Antonio Spurs
1980-81 Adrian Dantley 2,452 Utah Jazz
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