NBA season scoring leaders

Best NBA season scoring leaders

We’d all be curious to know of the best NBA season scoring leaders of all time. Well, The NBA was started back in 1946, and has been 75 years since its origin. The NBA regular season starts in October and runs up until April wherein each team gets a chance to play 82 games. The league’s playoffs extend up to June. NBA season scoring is the scores that are counted of players who have gained scores for their respective teams all throughout the season which is 82 games.

The NBA season scoring includes stats of each player which includes the number of games played, the minutes played per game, points scored per game, average field goals made, average field goals attempted, Field goal percentage, and Average 3-Point Field Goals Made. The season scoring of the NBA is inclusive of all these stats making it possible to determine the best player of the season and also helps us calculate who is going to be the game-changer and helps us understand the NBA team position better.

The NBA season scoring is divided into two forms the season which is the Regular Season and the Postseason and is also determined by the player’s position Point Guard, Shooting Guard, Small Forward, Power Forward, and Center. This helps us ascertain which players are the best under each category for the NBA season scoring. To qualify for being given the NBA season scoring leader, the player should have played in at least 58 games out of 82 games.

Here’s Top 7 NBA season scoring leaders:

1. Michael Jordan

First Best NBA Season Scoring Leader - Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is termed to be one of the best professional basketball players of all time. He has won the NBA Season Scoring Leader title 10 times throughout his career. His highest score in a season is 35.0 points and he has also won six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls. He was one of the main reasons and a very important figure why the NBA became very popular around the world and he also ended up being a global cultural icon during the 1980s and 1990s. Jordan has played for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards and he scored the highest in his career with Chicago Bulls with the score in the season being 37.1 points. 

He was the NBA Finals MVP six times and the NBA MVP five times. He was an NBA All-Star 14 times and was the NBA All-Star MVP 3 times. Because of his noteworthy achievements, he was also been familiar with “Air Jordan” and “Your Airness”. He was one of the first NBA Players to have won both Defensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player. He is also known for his own ball-stealing techniques and is known to have a total steal of 2,514 balls. Jordan is declared “the best superstar defender in the history of the game” by Doc Rivers.

2. Wilt Chamberlain

Second Best Season Scoring Leader - Wilt Chamberlain

Wilton Norman Chamberlain known as Wilt Chamberlain is an American Basketball player who used to play the center. His NBA career was 14 years long. He played for the Kansas Jayhawks and the Harlem Globetrotters before joining the NBA. Wilt Chamberlain has won the NBA season scoring leader 7 times. He won the NBA Season scoring leaders 5 times under Philadelphia Warriors and 2 times under the Philadelphia 76ers. His highest score in a season is 50.4 points and his score is one of the highest scores among NBA Players. 

He was the only player to have scored 100 points in a single NBA game and has averaged points of 40 to 50 in a season. He is also the only player in NBA history to have an average of 30 points and 20 rebounds per game and this record has been repeated seven times. Wilt was termed “ The Big Dipper” as he had to always bend his head to enter doorways since he stood at 7 ft 1 inch. This nickname stuck through and is often used when Wilt Chamberlain comes up. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers for a short time before he retired. He coached the San Diego Conquistadors for one year. 

3. Kevin Durant

Third Best NBA Season Scoring Leader - Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is a professional basketball player who is part of the Men’s U.S. team that represents the USA in the Olympics. He plays the position as a Small Forward or Power Forward. As of present he plays for Brooklyn Nets in the NBA. He has played for the Seattle SuperSonics and Golden State Warriors in the past before playing with his current league which is the Brooklyn Nets. He has also won three Olympic medals for the US team. 

As a teenager, he played for the Seattle SuperSonics in the NBA season of 2007-2008. He was termed as the NBA Rookie Player of the Year since he averaged a score of 20.3 points in the entire season. This helped him join Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James in being one of the three teenagers to have averaged a score of 20 points in the entire season. He is one of the only two players to have won four season scoring titles in a 5- year span. He is a well-regarded off-ball player and is very capable of shooting the ball from outside. This makes the other team rather hard to defend given his height and he is also a strong finisher at the rim.

4. George Gervin

George Gervin

George Gervin is an American Basketball Player who played for both ABA and NBA until they merged. He has played for teams Pontiac Chaparrals, Virginia Squires, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Banco di Roma (Italy), Quas City Thunder, and TDK Manresa (Spanish National Basketball League). He was termed by the NBA as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history in 2021. Gervin was also termed to be one of the 75 Greatest Players in NBA history.  He played Shooting guard and the Small Forward positions on the team. He coached for 2 years in 1992-94 for the San Antonio Spurs team. Gervin has averaged a score of 33.1 points in a season. 

He was selected 9 times to be the NBA All-Star and he was also awarded the NBA All-Star Game MVP for one year. He was the NBA season-scoring champion four times. Gervin was termed the “Iceman” for being very cool and collected given any type of situation on the court. He was familiar with his scoring talents and the unique way he scored. He was very famous for his move also termed to be his trademark move which is his style of finger roll. The finger roll is usually used to play short layups but his style of finger roll could reach all the way to the free-throw line. He retired as the person to have the most blocks by any guard in NBA history.

5. Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson is an American former professional basketball player who played for 14 seasons in the NBA. He played the positions of Shooting guard and point guard. He has played for the teams Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Memphis Grizzlies, and Besiktas J.K.(Turkish Basketball team). He is one of the greatest scorers in NBA history and is also one of the most influential players in the NBA. He has averaged a score of 31.4 points in a season. Allen Iverson was also part of the Men’s Basketball team representing the U.S.A. and won the Bronze medal during the 2004 Athens Olympics. 

Allen Iverson was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the first overall pick and was also named the NBA Rookie of the Year for the 1996-97 season. Despite his relatively short build, he was one of the best scorers in NBA history. His regular-season scoring career average is 26.7 which is the seventh- rank of all time. His playoff season scoring career average is 29.7 which is only second to the player Michael Jordan. He has been awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player and has been selected for the NBA All-Star 11 times. He has also been the MVP twice and has also been awarded the NBA season scoring leader 4 times. His highest average NBA season scoring is 31.4 times.  

6. James Harden

James Harden

James Edward Harden Jr. also known as James Harden is an American professional basketball player who presently plays with the Philadelphia 76ers. He is one of the best scorers that the NBA has seen. He plays the position of shooting guard for his team and is one of the best shooting guards in the NBA. James Harden has also played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, and Brooklyn Nets before playing for the Philadelphia 76ers. He also was selected to be in the Men’s Basketball Team that represented the U.S.A. team and won the Gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics and a gold medal during the 2014 FIBA World Cup. 

He has been awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player once and has been selected as NBA All-Star 10 times and he has been the NBA Season scoring leader for 3 seasons. His highest season scoring score is 36.1 points. His regular-season scoring average in his career is 25 points per game. He is also termed to be the 5th best shooter in the NBA. He has a wide range of offensive moves which takes the opposite team by surprise. These two of them are his Euro step and step-back jumper. After joining the Houston Rockets he has been able to score the most points in the NBA. He is also known to be an all-time NBA leader in scoring unassisted three-pointers.

7. Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Wardell Stephen “Steph” Curry also known as Stephen Curry is an American professional basketball player. He plays for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA League and plays the point guard position for the team. Stephen is known for his shooting skills and is known for systematically using the three-point shot. He was selected for the Men’s Basketball team representing the U.S.A. in the FIBA World Cup. He has won gold medals in both the 2010 Turkey FIBA World Cup and the 2014 Spain FIBA World Cup. 

Stephen Curry has won the NBA Championship 3 times and is awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player twice. He was selected for the NBA All-Star 8 times and was also awarded the NBA All-Star Game MVP.  Stephen Curry is responsible for the increase in the Warriors’ all-time free-throw percentage four times.

Curry is also known to be the best in all all-time free-throw. Nicknamed “Baby-Faced Assassin” and “Chef Curry” for his offensive play style and is also the team’s clutch scorer often shooting at high-pressure moments. His highest season scoring is 32.0 points. He is one of the fastest players in the league to have 2000 career three-pointers. 


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