NBA: Top 20 Players with the Most 40-Point Games in a Single Season (Since the Merger)

Michael Jordan Posted 37 40-Point Games In 1986-87

Michael Jordan Posted 37 40-Point Games In 1986-87

How hot is Kevin Durant in 2013-14? Well, he’s the hottest around right now and the current scoring leader and favorite for NBA MVP, but he’s only luke warm compared to the top guys on today’s list –  those players with the most 40-point games in a season.

Durant’s got seven under his belt so far (with a high of 54) and only 29 games to go. He should make the ranks by season’s end the way he’s hocking it (at 51.2 percent!).

It will be tough to get to the top though, and impossible to break Michael Jordan‘s post-merger* record of 37 40-point games in a single season. He did it in 1986-87, hitting 61 points twice along the way, and wrapping it all up with a 3,000-point year (the only player other than Wilt Chamberlain to achieve such a mark).

Jordan and Kobe Bryant take up six of the top seven spots below and are the only players with 20 or more 40-point games in a season (post-merger).

  PLAYER 40-POINT GAMES SEASON TEAM HIGH GAME
1. Michael Jordan 37 1986-87 Chicago Bulls 61 (Twice)
2. Kobe Bryant 27 2005-06 Los Angeles Lakers 81
3. Michael Jordan 22 1989-90 Chicago Bulls 69
4. Kobe Bryant 19 2002-03 Los Angeles Lakers 55
5. Kobe Bryant 18 2006-07 Los Angeles Lakers 65
5. George Gervin 18 1979-80 San Antonio Spurs 55
5. Michael Jordan 18 1987-88 Chicago Bulls 59
8. Allen Iverson 17 2000-01 Philadelphia 76ers 54
9. George Gervin 16 1981-82 San Antonio Spurs 50
10. Allen Iverson 15 2005-06 Philadelphia 76ers 53
10. Michael Jordan 15 1988-89 Chicago Bulls 53
10. Dominique Wilkins 15 1987-88 Atlanta Hawks 51
13. Michael Jordan 14 1992-93 Chicago Bulls 64
14. Adrian Dantley 13 1981-82 Utah Jazz 53
14. Bernard King 13 1984-85 New York Knicks 60
14. Pete Maravich 13 1976-77 New Orleans Jazz 68
14. Dwyane Wade 13 2008-09 Miami Heat 55
18. Michael Jordan 12 1997-98 Chicago Bulls 49
18. Moses Malone 12 1981-82 Houston Rockets 53
20. Gilbert Arenas 11 2005-06 Washington Wizards 47
20. Larry Bird 11 1987-88 Boston Celtics 49 (Twice)
20. Patrick Ewing 11 1989-90 New York Knicks 51
20. Michael Jordan 11 1991-92 Chicago Bulls 51
20. Michael Jordan 11 1990-91 Chicago Bulls 46
20. Bernard King 11 1990-91 Washington Bullets 52
20. Karl Malone 11 1989-90 Utah Jazz 61
20. Tracy McGrady 11 2002-03 Orlando Magic 52

* The ABA-NBA merger was in 1976-77.

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Posted on February 11, 2014, in NBA Basketball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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