NBA: Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and the Top 20 Players with the Most Points in Playoff History

Kobe Bryant Is On His Way to Scoring the Most Points in Playoff History

Kobe Bryant Is On His Way to Scoring the Most Points in Playoff History

The 2012 NBA playoffs are on…and they are hot, as usual.  As of today’s post, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are leading the 2012 postseason with 32 and 31 point games, respectively.

Neither, though, made yesterday’s list – the top 20 players with the most points in a playoff game. Bryant’s top postseason post is 50 points, while King James’ is 49.

But, Kobe, with his much lengthier playoff experience is third all time in total postseason points. He’s poised to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and then Michael Jordan to become the most prolific postseason point scorer ever.

James should crack the top 20 soon. He stands at 27th, with 2,629 points, just passing Tony Parker on the all-time list tonight in Game 2 against the New York Knicks.

James and Parker are the only actives within earshot of this list, the top 20 players who have scored the most in the postseason. Bryant, Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki are active members.

Just for fun, I added each ballers’ regular season career totals, grand total points (reg. season + playoffs) and percentage of the grand total that came in the postseason.

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PLAYER PLAYOFFS REG SEASON TOTAL PLAYOFFS/TOTAL
1. Michael Jordan 5,987 32,292 38,279 15.64%
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 5,762 38,387 44,149 13.05%
3. Kobe Bryant 5,311 29,484 34,795 15.26%
4. Shaquille O’Neal 5,250 28,596 33,846 15.51%
5. Karl Malone 4,761 36,298 41,059 11.60%
6. Jerry West 4,457 25,192 29,649 15.03%
7. Tim Duncan 4,007 22,558 26,565 15.08%
8. Larry Bird 3,897 21,791 25,688 15.17%
9. John Havlicek 3,776 26,395 30,171 12.52%
10. Hakeem Olajuwon 3,755 26,946 30,701 12.23%
11. Magic Johnson 3,701 17,707 21,408 17.29%
12. Scottie Pippen 3,642 18,940 22,582 16.13%
13. Elgin Baylor 3,623 23,149 26,772 13.53%
14. Wilt Chamberlain 3,607 31,419 35,026 10.30%
15. Dirk Nowitzki 3,239 24,134 27,373 11.83%
16. Kevin McHale 3,182 17,335 20,517 15.51%
17. Dennis Johnson 3,116 15,535 18,651 16.71%
18. Julius Erving 3,088 18,364 21,452 14.39%
19. James Worthy 3,022 16,320 19,342 15.62%
20. Reggie Miller 2,972 25,279 28,251 10.52%

Photo: sneakernews.com

Posted on April 30, 2012, in NBA Basketball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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