Five all-time point scorers in NBA history

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has seen a plethora of stars donning the sleeveless jerseys for many franchises. Many of them are downright legends.

The game of basketball has evolved leaps and bounds, but even now, the number of points is a statistic that often decides a player's impact in a particular game.

We look at the top five all-time point scorers in the history of the NBA.

5. Michael Jordan (32292)

The one player who defined greatness was Michael Jeffrey Jordan. Michael Jordan was named to 10 All-NBA first teams. He also added nine All-Defensive first-team selections over the course of his career.

Jordan was the NBA’s most valuable player five times, and many believe he should have won even more.

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He won a record 10 scoring titles, and boasted a career average of 30.1 points per game, the most in NBA history.

Jordan was also among the greatest winners in NBA history. Such was his impact that one can not take the name of the Chicago Bulls without thinking about MJ!

Jordan had 32292 points in his illustrious NBA career.

4. LeBron James (32764)

LeBron Raymone James is an American basketball player with the Los Angeles Lakers. James first garnered national attention as the top high school basketball player in the country. 

With his unique combination of size, athleticism and court vision, he became a four-time NBA MVP. After leading the Miami Heat to titles in 2012 and 2013, James returned to Cleveland and helped the Cavs claim its first championship in 2016.

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'King James', as he is affectionately called, is known for his all-round style of play and his skilfulness in offence and defence, a trait that is hard to come by.

LeBron has 32764 points to his name, and is also the only active player in this list. 

3. Kobe Bryant (33643)

It is very hard to categorise Kobe Bryant within a certain game style. The 'Black Mamba' truly excelled on offence with his footwork and body movement. 

He manipulated the defence with his jab series and sweep-through moves. His separation and gather steps were devastating, and his footwork was probably second to none.

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He was the symbol of the LA Lakers team for quite a long time. Kobe was an exceptional player due to his rather all round skill set.

That shows in the 33643 points he had under his belt.

2. Karl Malone (36928)

Karl Malone is arguably the greatest power forward of all time. 

His size and strength made him difficult to defend in the low block.The two-time MVP finished his career with 36,928 points and is second in this elite list.

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He also attempted more free throws and grabbed more defensive rebounds than any player in NBA history. 

He was also selected to the 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and won two Olympic gold medals. As a player who consistently delivered on the court, he deserved the nickname of 'The Mailman.'

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38387)

When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar left the game in 1989 at age 42, no NBA player had ever scored more points, blocked more shots, won more Most Valuable Player Awards, played in more All-Star Games or logged more seasons.

His list of personal and team accomplishments is perhaps the best in league history: Rookie of the Year, member of six NBA championship teams, six-time NBA MVP, two-time NBA Finals MVP, 19-time All-Star, two-time scoring champion, and a member of the NBA 35th and 50th Anniversary All-Time Teams. 

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He also owned eight playoff records and seven All-Star records. No player achieved as much individual and team success as did 'Alcindor.' 

The architect of the 'Skyhook' had an insanely high tally of 38387 points and is on top of the leaderboard.


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