NBA All-Time Points Leaders

Thu 30 September 2021 | 8:30

Although the following article is about the NBA all-time points leaders, it contains many facts about the top 10 legends of basketball that can attract all sports fans. Stay with us to read the presented briefs about the rich career history of each of them.

Listing prominent players in all fields has always been controversial because judging their skills, achievements, and performance has never been easy. What we have presented in the following list is only a ranking based on their scored points. 

We prepared a brief description of the career highlights and awards for each player under the NBA all-time points leaders title, which let you know these talented players. If you are a sports fan that follows basketball events seriously, you might have considered some names to be on the list.

Keep them in your mind till the end of the article to check whether your guesses were correct or not. So, without more ado, let's start reading about the ever top point leaders in NBA. 

List of NBA All-Time Points Leaders

As we mentioned in the introduction paragraph, through the text, you will read a list of basketball players' names, ranked based on their points. Join us until the end of the article about NBA points leaders of all time. 

Carmelo Anthony

  • Age: 37

  • Team(s): Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers

  • Position: Small Forwards- Power Forward

  • Points: 27,370

One of ten athletes whose names are on the list of 

NBA all-time points leaders

 is Carmelo Kyam Anthony, the current player, forward, of the Los Angeles Lakers. He has gotten the title of an NBA All-Star and an All-NBA Team member, respectively, ten and six times.

Appearing on the small forward position on the court, Anthony is skillful in playing as an excellent power forward. His strength and quickness have made him an instant and consistent scoring threat in his position.

Being famous as one of the premier clutch players in the NBA, Anthony is one of the NBA players under Idan Ravin's training. After starting his profession, Anthony has left a wide range of honors from himself, such as NBA All-Star, All-NBA Second Team, NBA Social Justice Champion Award, and NBA All-Rookie First Team.

Having played for Denver as his first team, Anthony joined the New York Knicks some days before the NBA deal deadline. Playing for the US national team, Anthony won a bronze medal with the 2004 team and three gold medals on the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympic teams. By scoring 27,370 points, Anthony has become one of the athletes with the most scored points. 

Moses Malone

  • Age: Died (Aged 60)

  • Team(s): Utah Stars, Spirits of St. Louis, Buffalo Braves, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76era, Washington Bullets, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs

  • Position: Center

  • Points: 27,409

The ninth place on the list of 

most pointers in NBA history

 belongs to Moses Eugene Malone, one of the stars whose name is one of the top 10 basketball players with the most rebounds.

Playing in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1974 to 1995, Moses Malone earned many achievements during the 21 years.

Gaining various honors, such as three NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), 12-time NBA All-Star, and an eight-time All-NBA Team selection made his career history a stunning professional one. Unlike many basketball players, who begin their professional career at high school, Malone did it out of there when the Utah Stars selected him in the third round of the 1974 ABA draft.

Before merging the league with the NBA in 1976, Malone had become an NBA All-Star as a rookie and appeared in two seasons. Following the merge, he joined the Buffalo Braves and landed in the NBA.

Nicknamed the "Chairman of the Boards," Malone scored 29,580 points in both ABA and NBA, which the statistics earned him the honors of the ABA All-Time Team and the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. 

Shaquille O'Neal

  • Age: 49

  • Team(s): Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

  • Position: Center

  • Points: 28,596

Commonly known as "Shaq," Shaquille Rashaun is the player whose points, 28,596, have brought his name amongst the 

NBA all-time points leaders

. The former professional player nowadays is a sports analyst on the television program "Inside the NBA."

As one of the best basketball players of all time, 


appeared in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for six teams. Having joined the Orlando Magic, O'Neal performed brilliantly and became one of the most outstanding centers in the league, which earned him Rookie of the Year in 1992-93. 

Playing for the six teams mentioned on the shortlist made his career history a rich one. Some of the recorded honors are the 1999-2000 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award, the 1992-93 NBA Rookie of the Year award, three All-Star Game MVP awards, and three Finals MVP awards. 

During NBA history, only Willis Reed in 1970 and Michael Jordan in 1997 and 1998 had won NBA MVP, All-Star Game MVP, and Finals MVP awards in the same year. However, later in 2000, through earning all these achievements in the same year, O'Neal placed his name beside them and became the third one. His name ranks 6th in field goals, 15th in rebounds, 8th in blocks. 

Wilt Chamberlain

  • Age: Died (Aged 63)

  • Team(s): Harlem Globetrotters, Philadelphia, San Francisco Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers

  • Position: Center

  • Points: 31,419

Wilt Chamberlain, the first player of the top 10 best NBA rebounds ever, is the star whose 31,419 points placed his name seventh amongst the 

NBA all-time points leaders

. Before playing for five teams of the National Basketball Association, Chamberlain had played for the University of Kansas and the Harlem Globetrotters.

Holding various NBA records in scoring and rebounding, he is the only star who recorded scoring 100 points in a single NBA game. Following winning many awards, including four regular-season NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards, the NBA Rookie of the Year prize, and one NBA Finals MVP, in 1978, Chamberlain became one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history in 1996.

His successful playing and physical status had earned him several nicknames that among them he disliked "Goliath" and "Wilt the Stilt," which had taken from his height. "The Big Dipper" was the nickname he preferred to the two mentioned ones that a Philadelphia sportswriter had created.

Dirk Nowitzki

  • Age: 43

  • Team(s): DJK Wurzburg, Dallas Mavericks

  • Position: Power Forward- Center

  • Points: 31,560

Born on 19 June 1978, Dirk Werner Nowitzki is the next star who could allocate one place among NBA all-time points leaders to himself. The retired German professional basketball player currently works as an advisor for the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA.

Being considered the greatest European player of all time, Nowitzki spent the whole of his NBA career that lasted 21 years with the Dallas Mavericks. He had earned much fame through his excellent scoring skill, versatility, perfect outside shooting, and fadeaway jump shot.

Nowitzki, the highest-scoring foreign-born player during NBA history, owns a rich career history full of honors. Being a 14-time All-Star, a 12-time All-NBA Team member, and the first European athlete to begin in an All-NBA Game are only some of the awards he recorded. 

Nowitzki also had an astonishing performance in his international play with the German national basketball team. Nowitzki led his team to win a bronze medal in the 2002 FIBA World Championship and a silver one in EuroBasket 2005. The combination of his long seven-foot frame, accurate shooting skill, and unique strategy had abled him to have jump shots that were difficult to defend. 

Michael Jordan

  • Age: 58

  • Team(s): Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards

  • Position: Shooting Guard

  • Points: 32,292

If you are one of the big basketball fans, you might have looked for the name of Michael Jeffrey Jordan, almost known as MJ, amongst the presented names of NBA all-time points leaders.

The former American professional basketball player is a successful businessman who is currently the head owner and chairman of Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association. Following his playing for 15 seasons in the NBA and achieving six championships with the Chicago Bulls, MJ earned much reputation in the sports world and became a global cultural icon.

If you take a look at his biography on the official NBA website, you will see that it stated, "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time." The outstanding character of the Basketball world had an efficient role in making the NBA popularized around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.

After joining the Bulls in 1984, MJ immediately emerged as a unique and amusing star whose prolific scoring entertained the crowds. MJ had an outstanding leaping ability, which by performing slam dunks from the free-throw line through Slam Dunk Contests, he earned two nicknames, "Air Jordan" and His Airness."

Kobe Bryant

  • Age: Died (Aged 41)

  • Team(s): Los Angeles Lakers 

  • Position: Shooting Guard

  • Points: 33,643

The list of most pointers in NBA history includes

Kobe Bean Bryant

, a professional basketball player who played his whole career, which lasted 20 years, with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant gained a long list of achievements during his playing time, such as earning five NBA championships, being an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All NBA Team, the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP).

There is no wonder why most regarded him as one of the best basketball players of all time. Winning the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest earned Bryant much reputation as a high-flyer and named him an All-Star in his 2nd season.

Unlike many players for whom their performance or the fans and the media choose a nickname, Bryant did it for himself. In the middle of the 2000s, he chose a nickname, "Black Mamba," which the general public adopted well.

Through his appearance at the US national team at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, Bryant won two gold medals. Unfortunately, a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, caused his death, his daughter Gianna, and seven other passengers. 

LeBron James

  • Age: 36

  • Team(s): Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

  • Position: Small Forward

  • Points: 35,367

The current Los Angeles Lakers,

LeBron Raymone James

, is the star who could place his name as the third player on the list of "

ever top point leaders in NBA

." Nicknamed "King James," LeBron is one of the best NBA players ever.

His excellent playing has aroused many comparisons between him and Michael Jordan in debates regarding the greatest basketball player ever. Since the start of his profession, James has appeared in ten NBA Finals, of which eight of them were with the Heat and Cavaliers through eight consecutive seasons from 2011 to 2018.

It is about 18 years that James has begun his profession, and meanwhile, he has held the record for all-time playoffs points. James, who had played for Cleveland seven years, left the team in 2010 and signed a contract as a free agent with Miami due to failing to win a championship.

The move as a free agent was one of the decisions in sports history that aroused much controversy, and ESPN announced it under a particular title, "The Decision." Despite much disagreement regarding his choice, he could win his first two NBA championships in 2012 and 2013 and earn league MVP and Finals MVP. The final point is about his $1 billion earning, by which he became the first player in NBA history. 

Karl Malone

  • Age: 58

  • Team(s): Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

  • Position: Power Forward

  • Points: 36,928

Karl Anthony Malone, nicknamed "the Mailman," is the athlete whose name is not only amongst the top points leaders in NBA but one of the ten best NBA rebounds ever. As long as Malone played his first 18 seasons in NBA with the Utah Jazz, from 1985 to 2003, he, along with his teammate, John Stockton, formed a formidable duo.

Being a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, a 14-time NBA All-Star, and an 11-time member of the All-NBA first team, Karl Malone placed his name behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the second NBA points leader ever. After he retired from the NBA, Utah Jazz retired his jersey number when they hosted Washington Wizards.

Through the unveiling of a bronze sculpture located outside the EnergySolutions Arena, Utah Jazz honored him. The statue is next to John Stockton's, his teammate, which in his honor a rename has occurred in a portion of 100 South in Salt Lake City, currently called the intersection of Stockton and Malone.

After working as the director of basketball promotion, assistant strength, and conditioning coach at Louisiana Tech University, Malone granted $350,000 to the athletic department. Then, Malone returned to Utah Jazz and began his profession as a successful coach. 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

  • Age: 74

  • Team(s): Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers

  • Position: Center

  • Points: 38,387

The first place on the list of NBA all-time points leaders belongs to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Additionally, he is the third name amongst the 10 top NBA rebounders ever. The prominent player had aroused much admiration during his playing time, by which NBA coach Pat Riley and some players described him as the greatest basketball player of all time.

When Abdul-Jabbar was 24, he played for the Bucks and led them to their first NBA championship in 1971. Afterward, he changed his name from Alcindor to a Muslim one, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. His shots, famous as "Skyhook," made him one of the league's top scorers. By this many skills and abilities, there is no wonder why his name is one of the 

NBA points leaders of all time

Now tell us, were the names you had guessed before reading the article on the list? Though there has been a long list of outstanding stars during NBA history, as the topic shows, we have only listed 

top points leaders in NBA

. However, if you have any points regarding the presented facts, share them with us through the comment section.

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