NBA all-time scoring leaders - total number of points scored** (as of March 8th, 2017)

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NBA playerNumber of points scored
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387
Karl Malone 36,928
Kobe Bryant33,643
Michael Jordan 32,292
Wilt Chamberlain 31,419
Dirk Nowitzki*30,005
Shaquille O'Neal 28,569
LeBron James*28,316
Moses Malone 27,409
Elvin Hayes 27,313
Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946
Oscar Robertson 26,710
Dominique Wilkins 26,668
Tim Duncan26,496
John Havlicek 26,395
Paul Pierce*26,364
Kevin Garnett26,071
Alex English 25,613
Reggie Miller 25,279
Jerry West 25,192
Patrick Ewing 24,815
Ray Allen24,505
Vince Carter*24,409
Allen Iverson 24,368
Carmelo Anthony*23,936
Charles Barkley 23,757
Robert Parish 23,334
Adrian Dantley 23,177
Elgin Baylor 23,149
Clyde Drexler 22,195
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This statistic shows the all-time highest scoring leaders of the NBA since 1946. As of March 8th, 2017 LeBron James is eighth on the list with a point total of 28,316.


Star players in the NBA

Since its founding days in 1946 the National Basketball Association (NBA) has grown into a billion dollar business with total league revenue today at almost 4 billion U.S. dollars. The NBA has developed into a global brand and is widely recognized as the world’s best and most competitive league. Some former and current players such as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James have become global sports icons due to their on-court success and strong marketing.

Michael Jordan, who has won six championships with the Chicago Bulls and has scored more than 32,000 points in regular season play, has turned his name into one of the most iconic sports brands in the world with the easy recognizable Jumpman logo. According to SportsOneSource, the Jordan Brand, which is a division of Nike, had a share of 58 percent of the U.S. basketball shoe market in 2012. Royalties from the brand bring in a reported 60 million U.S. dollars annually for Michael Jordan. Total sales of the Jordan brand reached a reported 1.75 billion U.S. dollars in the U.S. in 2012. Sneakers of the brand alone brought in an estimated 1.25 billion U.S. dollars of revenue at the wholesale level.

LeBron James, arguably the best player in the NBA today, had already scored a total of more than 23,000 points by the age of 29 (as of November 2014) and won two championships. He has, in his eleven years in the NBA so far, never averaged less than 20 points per game and scored 2,108 points on average per season over his career. Prior to the 2013/14 NBA season, LeBron James is currently ranked 25th on the all-time scoring list of the NBA. In 2012, Nike, with whom LeBron James has been affiliated with since singing his initial seven-year contract with the company (worth 90 million U.S. dollars), generated 300 million U.S. dollars in retail sales with LeBron James’ signature shoes in the United States.

In comparison, the signature shoes of Kobe Bryant, who also is under contract with Nike, generated about 50 million U.S. dollars in store sales in the U.S. in 2012. Bryant though is vastly popular in Asia, especially China, and his signature shoes, as well as his jersey sell well there. Bryant, who has played his whole professional career with the Los Angeles Lakers, has won five NBA championships and has scored more than 31,600 points in NBA regular season games, good for fourth place on the career scoring list.

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