Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and the 20 Greatest Scorers in NBA Playoff History

The Best Scorers in NBA Playoff History: Michael Jordan and, a distant second, Allen Iverson (Yes, That's Iverson Pre-Mega Ink)

The Best Scorers in NBA Playoff History: Michael Jordan and, a distant second, Allen Iverson (Yes, That’s Iverson Pre-Mega Ink)

Oh man. It’s NBA playoff time. Awesome. Here’s the 2013 NBA Postseason schedule.

And here are the top 20 players with the highest career postseason scoring averages, led by the GOAT, Michael Jordan. He’s the only player to post more than 30 points a playoff game, 33.45 in 179 games.

Allen Iverson has the second-best average. Is he a Hall of Famer?

Iverson is closely followed by the L.A. Lakers’ Jerry West.

Then, look at this, it’s LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Sure, Durant needs a few more playoff games under his belt, but is there any doubt he’ll remain on this list until the end?

James is already at 115 postseason games played, and the way he’s been playing, who would be surprised to see him up his average over the next few seasons, at least?

Carmelo Anthony (15th) is playing at such a clip right now as well (and just won his first NBA scoring title). Expect him to rise in the rankings after this postseason.

Kobe Bryant places 10th, beaten out by Dirk Nowitzki even, but hold on – Kobe’s played 220 playoff games, almost 100 more than Dirk (and almost 50 more than Jordan). You have to account for these sorts of things.

PLAYER PPG POSTSEASON GP
1.  Michael Jordan 33.45 179
2.  Allen Iverson  29.73 71
3.  Jerry West 29.13 153
4.  LeBron James  28.48 115
5.  Kevin Durant  28.07 43
6.  Elgin Baylor 27.04 134
7.  George Gervin 26.98 59
8.  Dirk Nowitzki  25.95 128
9.  Hakeem Olajuwon 25.90 145
10.  Kobe Bryant  25.64 220
11.  Bob Pettit 25.45 88
12.  Dominique Wilkins 25.41 56
13.  Dwyane Wade  25.24 110
14.  Tracy McGrady  25.20 44
15.  Carmelo Anthony  24.94 54
16.  Rick Barry 24.77 74
17.  Karl Malone 24.67 193
18.  Alex English 24.43 68
19.  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 24.31 237
19. Shaquille O’Neal  24.31 216

Thanks to basketball-reference.com.

Photo: live.drjays.com

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Posted on April 20, 2013, in NBA Basketball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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