National Basketball Association (NBA) is a basketball league competition of North America. It was established in the year 1946 with a different name. Then in 1949 it was merged with the national basketball league ad changed it’s name into NBA. Currently 30 teams participates in this tournament. Out of which 29 teams are from United States and 1 team from Canada.
NBA features the best basketball players around the world. So creating record is a common habit of NBA. Here we can talk about many players who have scored many goals throughout their career in NBA. But we will talk about 10 best players among them who are extra special with their awesome number of scoring goals.
#1 Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Kareem Abdul Jabbar holds the top place with the number of maximum goals. He was associated with 2 teams throughout his career in NBA. Those teams are Milwaukee Bucks (1969–1975)and Los Angeles Lakers (1975–1989). In his career he total played 1560 matches and earned 38387 points. 24.6 is his average of points scored per match which is also an impressive figure. He made 15837 field goals and scored three points field goal once. He also made 6712 free throws.
#2 Karl Malone
Karl Malone holds the second place in the list of top goal scorers of NBA. Throughout his career he played for two teams, which were Utah Jazz (1985–2003) and Los Angeles Lakers (2003–2004). He total played 1476 matches in his long career with NBA. In his overall career in NBA he scored 36928 points with 25 average of points per game. In his total career He made 13528 field goals and scored three points field goal for eighty five times. He also made 9787 free throws.
#3 Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant is considered to be one the best player of current time. Throughout his career in NBA he was associated with only one team. He played for Los Angeles Lackers in his 20 years of NBA career from 1996 to 2016. He total scored 33643 points in his 1346 appearances in NBA. He also holds an impressive average of 25 points per game. In his 20 year’s career he scored 11719 field goals. He also scored three point field goals for 1827 times. He also made 8378 free throws in his overall career.
#4 Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan is one of the greatest players who achieved a place in basketball hall of fame. Michael Jordan holds the fourth place in the list of top goal scorers of NBA. Throughout his career he played for two teams, which were Chicago Bulls (1984–1993, 1995–1998) and Washington Wizards (2001–2003) He total played 1072 matches in his long career with NBA. In his overall career in NBA he scored 32292 points with 30.1average of points per game. In his total career He made 12192 field goals and scored three points field goal for eighty five times. He also made 581 free throws.
#5 LeBron James
LeBron James holds the fifth place in this list. In his career with NBA he played for total three teams. Those teams are Cleveland Cavaliers (2003–2010, 2014–2018), Miami Heat (2010–2014) and Los Angeles Lakers (2018–present). He is a currently active player who hve scored 31868 points in 1173 appearances. He holds an impressive points per game average of 27.2. in his career he scored 11585 field goals and also scored three point field goals for 1680 times. He also made 7019 free throws.
#6 Wilt Chamberlain
The legend of basketball Wilton Norman Chamberlain holds the 6th place in this list. Throughout his career in NBA he was associated with three teams. Those teams are Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors (1959–1965), Philadelphia 76ers (1965–1968)and Los Angeles Lakers (1968–1973). In his 1045 appearances he scored 31419 points with a average of 30.1 per match point. He scored 12681 field goals and 6057 free throws throughout his career.
#7 Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki is an another active player who plays for Dallas mavericks from 1999. Throughout his career he scored 31192 points in 1473 appearances with a per match point average of 21.2. he scored 11036 field goals and also made 7202 free throws. He also made 1918 three point field goals.
#8 Shaquille O’Neal
Shaquille O’Neal is also included in basketball hall of fame. Throughout his career he played for 6 teams. Those teams are Orlando Magic (1992–1996), Los Angeles Lakers (1996–2004), Miami Heat (2004–2008), Phoenix Suns (2008–2009), Cleveland Cavaliers (2009–2010) and Boston Celtics (2010–2011). In his 1207 appearances in NBA he scored total 28596 points. With an average of 23.7 per match point. He also scored 11330 field goals and also made three point field goal once. He made 5935 free throws.
#9 Moses Malone
Moses Malone is also included in the list of basketball hall of famers. And he holds 9th place in this list. Throughout his career he played for 7 teams. Those teams are Buffalo Braves (1976),Houston Rockets (1976–1982), Philadelphia 76ers (1982–1986, 1993–1994), Washington Bullets (1986–1988), Atlanta Hawks (1988–1991), Milwaukee Bucks (1991–1993) and San Antonio Spurs (1994–1995). In his 1329 appearances he scored 27409 points with a average of 20.6. he scored 9435 field goals and 8 three point field goals. He also made 8531 free throws throughout his career.
#10 Elvin Hayes
Elvin Hayes is also an basketball hall of famer and holds the 10th place in list of most goal scorers in the history of NBA. In his career he played for two teams, which are San Diego/Houston Rockets (1968–1972, 1981–1984) and Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets (1972–1981). In his 1303 appearances in NBA he scored 27313 points with an average of 21 per match point. He scored 10976 field goals and 5 three point goals throughout his career. He also made 5356 free throws.