Highest point-scorers in every NBA team’s history

Published 3:00 pm Monday, April 25, 2022

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Highest point-scorers in every NBA team’s history

On March 31, 2022, Giannis Antetokounmpo drilled a 25-foot step-back jumper to tie a hotly contested game against the Brooklyn Nets. The Milwaukee Bucks bench jumped to their feet, and despite playing on the road at the Barclays Center, the crowd went wild. In that moment, the “Greek Freak” had not only evened the score with that shot, but he also became the Bucks’ all-time leading scorer—claiming the throne that was previously held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Now, Antetokounmpo hopes to end the historic season with another NBA Championship under his belt. But he’s not the only franchise-leader in scoring seeking a title this spring.

Last season, the Bucks won the franchise’s first championship in 50 years. For this year’s playoffs, they secured the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. In the Western Conference, top-seeded Phoenix Suns hope to return to the Finals and get the city its first NBA Championship. If that doesn’t whet your appetite for the playoffs, OLBG compiled a list of the highest point-scorers in every NBA team’s history using data from Basketball Reference. Each team’s players were ranked by the number of points they scored for the team over their career, and the top player for every team is included in the list.

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LeBron James, who’s included on the list, has scored more postseason points than any other player in NBA history, but this year he’ll be watching from home for only the fourth time in his 19-year career. That’s because the 2020 champion Los Angeles Lakers shockingly missed the playoffs after coming into this season as strong championship contenders. Also absent from the postseason will be James’ teammate Russell Westbrook, who makes an appearance on the list. Read through to see every player who holds the top spot for each of their respective teams.

Atlanta Hawks' Dominique Wilkins jumps for a layup

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Atlanta Hawks: Dominique Wilkins

– Total points scored: 23,292
– Years played for team: 1982-1994

John Havlicek looks to shoot during a game

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Boston Celtics: John Havlicek

– Total points scored: 26,395
– Years played for team: 1962-1978

Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets dunking

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Brooklyn Nets: Brook Lopez

– Total points scored: 10,444
– Years played for team: 2008-2017 (including four seasons with franchise in New Jersey)

Front view of Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets dribbling the ball

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Charlotte Hornets: Kemba Walker

– Total points scored: 12,009
– Years played for team: 2011-2019

Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls jumps to shoot a basket

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Chicago Bulls: Michael Jordan

– Total points scored: 29,277
– Years played for team: 1984-1993, 1995-1998

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers in air before a dunk

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Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James

– Total points scored: 23,119
– Years played for team: 2003-2010, 2014-2018

Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks with hands in the air during a game

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Dallas Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki

– Total points scored: 31,560
– Years played for team: 1998-2019

Close up of Alex English of the Denver Nuggets sitting on the bench

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Denver Nuggets: Alex English

– Total points scored: 21,645
– Years played for team: 1980-1990

Isiah Thomas with the Detroit Pistons dribbles a basketball

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Detroit Pistons: Isiah Thomas

– Total points scored: 18,822
– Years played for team: 1981-1994

Wide view of Stephen Curry right after he shot, scoreboard in background

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Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry

– Total points scored: 20,064
– Years played for team: 2009-present

Back view of Hakeem Olajuwon in #34 Houston Rockets jersey

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Houston Rockets: Hakeem Olajuwon

– Total points scored: 26,511
– Years played for team: 1984-2001

Reggie Miller of the Indiana Pacers holding a ball high during a game

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Indiana Pacers: Reggie Miller

– Total points scored: 25,279
– Years played for team: 1987-2005

George Gervin receives congratulations from Randy Smith and Jo Jo White

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Los Angeles Clippers: Randy Smith

– Total points scored: 12,735
– Years played for team: 1971-1979 (including seven seasons with franchise in Buffalo, and one in San Diego)

Back view of Kobe Bryant dunking the ball with his left hand

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Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant

– Total points scored: 33,643
– Years played for team: 1996-2016

Mike Conley reacts after making a shot in a game

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Memphis Grizzlies: Mike Conley

– Total points scored: 11,733
– Years played for team: 2007-2019

Low angle view of Dwyane Wade with arms in the air before a game

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Miami Heat: Dwyane Wade

– Total points scored: 21,556
– Years played for team: 2003-2016, 2018-2019

Side view of Giannis Antetokounmpo dunking a ball during a game

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Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo

– Total points scored: 14,291
– Years played for team: 2013-present

Back view of Kevin Garnett right before he shoots during a game

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Minnesota Timberwolves: Kevin Garnett

– Total points scored: 19,201
– Years played for team: 1995-2007, 2015

Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans dunks the ball

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New Orleans Pelicans: Anthony Davis

– Total points scored: 11,059
– Years played for team: 2012-2019

Close up of Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks at the free-throw line

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New York Knicks: Patrick Ewing

– Total points scored: 23,665
– Years played for team: 1985-2000

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrating during a game

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Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook

– Total points scored: 18,859
– Years played for team: 2008-2019

Low wide angle of Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic dunking a ball

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Orlando Magic: Dwight Howard

– Total points scored: 11,435
– Years played for team: 2004-2012

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Philadelphia 76ers: Hal Greer

– Total points scored: 21,586
– Years played for team: 1958-1973 (including five seasons with franchise in Syracuse)

Head coach John MacLeod of the Phoenix Suns talks with Walter Davis during a game

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Phoenix Suns: Walter Davis

– Total points scored: 15,666
– Years played for team: 1977-1988

Clyde Drexler jumps through the air for a slam dunk

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Portland Trail Blazers: Clyde Drexler

– Total points scored: 18,040
– Years played for team: 1983-1995

Black-and-white, wide shot of Oscar Robertson shooting a ball during a game against the Celtics

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Sacramento Kings: Oscar Robertson

– Total points scored: 22,009
– Years played for team: 1960-1970 (all seasons with franchise in Cincinnati)

Tim Duncan with a hand up looking to the side during a game

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San Antonio Spurs: Tim Duncan

– Total points scored: 26,496
– Years played for team: 1997-2016

Wide shot of DeMar DeRozan dunking a ball during a game against the Cavaliers

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Toronto Raptors: DeMar DeRozan

– Total points scored: 13,296
– Years played for team: 2009-2018

Karl Malone is guarded by Houston Rockets Charles Barkley during a game


Utah Jazz: Karl Malone

– Total points scored: 36,374
– Years played for team: 1985-2003

Black-and-white photos of Washington Bullets' Elvin Hayes running with a basketball

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Washington Wizards: Elvin Hayes

– Total points scored: 15,551
– Years played for team: 1972-1981 (including one season with franchise in Baltimore)

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