National Basketball Association all-time scoring leaders 1946-2020

How many points does LeBron James have?

In January 2020, LeBron James passed Kobe Bryant on the NBA all-time scoring list, scoring 29 points to in a regular season game against the Philadelphia 76ers. If James continues to produce at about his career average, he has a shot to move up even further and pass Karl Malone with about two more full seasons of games, and even catch Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s current all-time leading scorer. James' current contract with the Los Angeles Lakers runs through the 2021/22 season.
LeBron James already leader in playoff scoring

The statistic shows only the points scored in regular season NBA games and does not take into account production in the playoffs. When looking at playoff scoring by itself, LeBron James is the all-time leading scorer in the NBA already, with 6,911 points. He is also the only player with more than 10,000 minutes played in playoff games, in large part thanks to his impressive streak of 14 consecutive playoff appearances (2004/05-2017/18) and a streak of eight straight NBA finals appearances (2010/11-2017/18). He is also the career leader for the Cleveland Cavaliers, for which he played a total of 11 seasons, in many important statistical categories like points, assists, rebounds, steals, and games played.

The exclusive 30,0000 club – next member Kevin Durant?

In the history of the NBA, only seven players have scored more than 30,000 points. LeBron James is the only member of this group still playing in the NBA. Of all the players active in the league right now, Kevin Durant has the best chance to join that group at some point. The 30-year-old currently plays for the Golden State Warriors and needs about 7,000 points to reach the 30K mark – about four more full seasons of work.

NBA all-time scoring leaders - total number of points scored** as of January 27, 2020

NBA playerNumber of points scored
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387
Karl Malone 36,928
LeBron James*33,655
Kobe Bryant33,643
Michael Jordan 32,292
Dirk Nowitzki31,560
Wilt Chamberlain 31,419
Shaquille O'Neal 28,596
Moses Malone 27,409
Elvin Hayes 27,313
Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946
Oscar Robertson 26,710
Dominique Wilkins 26,668
Tim Duncan26,496
Paul Pierce26,397
John Havlicek 26,395
Kevin Garnett26,071
Carmelo Anthony*26,067
Vince Carter*25,623
Alex English 25,613
Reggie Miller 25,279
Jerry West 25,192
Patrick Ewing 24,815
Ray Allen24,505
Allen Iverson 24,368
Charles Barkley 23,757
Robert Parish 23,334
Adrian Dantley 23,177
Dwyane Wade23,165
Elgin Baylor 23,149
Kevin Durant*22,940
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Release date

January 2020


North America, Canada, United States

Survey time period

as of January 27, 2020

Supplementary notes

* Active players
** Points scored in the regular seasons

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