Highest Scoring Averages in NBA History (Individual, Single Season PPG)

Wilt Chamberlain Is the Only Player To Average 50 Points Per Game in a Season

Wilt Chamberlain Is the Only Player To Average 50 Points Per Game in a Season

In 1961-62, Wilt Chamberlain averaged over 50 points per game! That’s insane.

On March 2, 1962, for the Philadelphia Warriors and against the New York Knicks, Chamberlain had his 100-point game. He also scored 78 and 73 that season. Those games surely pushed him over the top.

This record is pretty much unbreakable. Who the heck is going to average 5o points a game again?  Even the G.O.A.T., Michael Jordan, tapped out at 37.09.

Chamberlain has the four best single-season scoring averages of all time, followed by Michael, followed by Chamberlain again. Wilt appears twice more. Same for Michael. Together, they make up half (10 of 20) of the greatest scoring seasons of all time (and seven of the top 10).

PLAYER PPG  SEASON TEAM
1.  Wilt Chamberlain 50.36  1961-62  Philadelphia Warriors
2.  Wilt Chamberlain 44.83  1962-63  San Francisco Warriors
3.  Wilt Chamberlain 38.39  1960-61  Philadelphia Warriors
4.  Wilt Chamberlain 37.60  1959-60  Philadelphia Warriors
5.  Michael Jordan 37.09  1986-87  Chicago Bulls
6.  Wilt Chamberlain 36.85  1963-64  San Francisco Warriors
7.  Rick Barry 35.58  1966-67  San Francisco Warriors
8.  Kobe Bryant 35.40  2005-06  Los Angeles Lakers
9.  Michael Jordan 34.98  1987-88  Chicago Bulls
10.  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 34.84  1971-72  Milwaukee Bucks
11.  Elgin Baylor 34.77  1960-61  Los Angeles Lakers
12.  Wilt Chamberlain 34.71  1964-65  San Francisco Warriors / Philadelphia 76ers
13.  Bob McAdoo 34.52  1974-75  Buffalo Braves
14.  Elgin Baylor 33.99  1962-63  Los Angeles Lakers
14. Tiny Archibald 33.99  1972-73  Kansas City-Omaha Kings
16.  Michael Jordan 33.57  1989-90  Chicago Bulls
17.  Wilt Chamberlain 33.53  1965-66  Philadelphia 76ers
18.  George Gervin 33.14  1979-80  San Antonio Spurs
19.  Allen Iverson 33.01  2005-06  Philadelphia 76ers
20.  Bernard King 32.89  1984-85  New York Knicks

Photo: peninsulapress.com Book cover of “Wilt, 1962: The Night of 100 Points and the Dawn of a New Era” by Gary M. Pomerantz

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