The Highest Scoring Teams in NBA History

The Early 1980s Denver Nuggets Put Up Three of the Best Scoring Averages in NBA History

The Early 1980s Denver Nuggets Put Up Three of the Best Scoring Averages in NBA History. That’s Alex English, Dan Issel and Kiki Vandeweghe in the Top Row.

Offenses just aren’t what they used to be in the NBA. Or has defense become more of a focus?

More likely, though, a combination of rule changes and a rise in talent and competition have changed the pro game of basketball from one where teams regularly score in the 100-110 point range to one with less explosive offenses.

For example, in a previous Sports List of the Day post - NBA League Scoring Averages (1946-47 through 2011-12) – you can see that the 1960′s and 1980′s were the biggest decades for scoring a whole lot of points.

Since the 1995-96 season, only twice in 17 years has the league scoring average been over 100 points.

It makes sense, then, that 19 of the top 20 teams with the highest scoring averages in NBA history made their mark in the 60′s and 80′s.

The early 80′s Denver Nuggets, led by Alex English, Kiki Vandeweghe and Dan Issel, were a scoring machine, placing three times in the top six.

  YEAR TEAM PPG G W L PTS SEASON RESULT
1. 1981-82  Denver Nuggets 126.5 82  46  36  10,371 Lost to Phoenix Suns in Round 1
2. 1961-62  Philadelphia Warriors 125.4 80  49  31  10,035 Lost to Boston Celtics in Division Finals
3. 1966-67  Philadelphia 76ers 125.2 81  68  13  10,143 WON NBA FINALS (over San Francisco Warriors)
4. 1959-60  Boston Celtics 124.5 75  59  16  9,337 WON NBA FINALS (over St. Louis Hawks)
5. 1983-84  Denver Nuggets 123.7 82  38  44  10,147 Lost to Utah Jazz in Round 1
6. 1982-83  Denver Nuggets 123.2 82  45  37  10,105 Lost to San Antonio Spurs in Division Semifinals
7. 1961-62  Cincinnati Royals 123.1 80  43  37  9,845 Lost to Detroit Pistons in Division Semifinals
8. 1967-68  Philadelphia 76ers 122.6 82  62  20  10,051 Lost to Boston Celtics in Division Finals
9. 1966-67  San Francisco Warriors 122.4 81  44  37  9,911 Lost NBA FINALS to Philadelphia 76ers
10. 1969-70  Philadelphia 76ers 121.9 82  42  40  9,998 Lost to Milwaukee Bucks in Division Semifinals
11. 1980-81  Denver Nuggets 121.8 82  37  45  9,986 No playoff appearance
12. 1962-63  Syracuse Nationals 121.6 80  48  32  9,730 Lost to Cincinnati Royals in Division Semifinals
13. 1960-61  Syracuse Nationals 121.3 79  38  41  9,586 Lost to Boston Celtics in Division Finals
14. 1967-68  Los Angeles Lakers 121.2 82  52  30  9,937 Lost NBA FINALS to Boston Celtics
15. 1961-62  Boston Celtics 121.1 80  60  20  9,687 WON NBA FINALS (over Los Angeles Lakers)
16. 1960-61  Philadelphia Warriors 121.0 79  46  33  9,558 Lost to Syracuse Nationals in Division Semifinals
16. 1971-72  Los Angeles Lakers 121.0 82  69  13  9,920 WON NBA FINALS (over New York Knicks)
18. 1969-70  Baltimore Bullets 120.7 82  50  32  9,900 Lost to New York Knicks in Division Semifinals
18. 1961-62  Syracuse Nationals 120.7 80  41  39  9,658 Lost to Philadelphia Warriors in Division Semifinals
20. 1966-67  Los Angeles Lakers 120.5 81  36  45  9,764 Lost to San Francisco Warriors in Division Semifinals

Thanks to basketball-reference.com and their play index. Here are the results to my query for this post: Every NBA team that averaged at least 100 PPG.

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