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List of National Basketball Association franchise career scoring leaders

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a professional men's basketball league, consisting of 30 teams in North America (29 in the United States and one in Canada). The NBA was founded in New York City on June 6, 1946, as the Basketball Association of America (BAA).[1] It adopted the name National Basketball Association at the start of the 1949–50 season when it merged with the National Basketball League (NBL).[1] The NBA is an active member of USA Basketball, which is recognized by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) as the National Governing Body (NGB) for basketball in the country.[2] The league is considered to be one of the four major professional sports leagues of North America.[3] There have been 15 defunct franchises in NBA history.

In basketball, points are the sum of the score accumulated through free throw or field goal.[4] The NBA introduced three-point field goals in the 1979–80 season as a bonus for field goals made from a longer distance.[5][6] Karl Malone scored 36,374 points with the Utah Jazz, the most points by a player for a single franchise.[7] Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's all-time leading scorer, is the Milwaukee Bucks leader with 14,211 points.[8][9] He scored more points with the Los Angeles Lakers (24,176), where he ranks third in Lakers' history.[10] Kobe Bryant leads the Lakers, scoring the most points in the NBA while playing for only one team in an entire career.[10][11] Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks is second behind Bryant in scoring while playing for only one team.

Statistics accurate through games on July 20, 2018
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
dagger Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration[note 1]
double-dagger Franchise with scoring leader on its current roster
Franchise [note 2] Player Points Ref
Atlanta Hawks[note 3] Dominique Wilkins* 23,292
[12]
Boston Celtics John Havlicek* 26,395
[13]
Brooklyn Nets[note 4] Brook Lopez^ 10,444
[14]
Charlotte Hornetsdouble-dagger[note 5] Kemba Walker^ 9,907
[15]
Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan* 29,277
[16]
Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James^ 23,119
[17]
Dallas Mavericksdouble-dagger Dirk Nowitzki^ 31,187
[18]
Denver Nuggets Alex English* 21,645
[19]
Detroit Pistons[note 6] Isiah Thomas* 18,822
[20]
Golden State Warriors[note 7] Wilt Chamberlain* 17,783
[21]
Houston Rockets[note 8] Hakeem Olajuwon* 26,511
[22]
Indiana Pacers Reggie Miller* 25,279
[23]
Los Angeles Clippers[note 9] Randy Smith 12,735
[24]
Los Angeles Lakers[note 10] Kobe Bryant 33,643
[10]
Memphis Grizzliesdouble-dagger[note 11] Marc Gasol^ 10,850
[25]
Miami Heat Dwyane Wade^ 20,473
[26]
Milwaukee Bucks Kareem Abdul-Jabbar* 14,211
[8]
Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Garnett 19,201
[27]
New Orleans Pelicansdouble-dagger[note 12] Anthony Davis^ 9,607
[28]
New York Knicks Patrick Ewing* 23,665
[29]
Oklahoma City Thunder[note 13] Gary Payton* 18,207
[30]
Orlando Magic Dwight Howard^ 11,435
[31]
Philadelphia 76ers[note 14] Hal Greer* 21,586
[32]
Phoenix Suns Walter Davis 15,666
[33]
Portland Trail Blazers Clyde Drexler* 18,040
[34]
Sacramento Kings[note 15] Oscar Robertson* 22,009
[35]
San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan 26,496
[36]
Toronto Raptorsdouble-dagger DeMar DeRozan^ 13,296
[37]
Utah Jazz[note 16] Karl Malone* 36,374
[38]
Washington Wizards[note 17] Elvin Hayes* 15,551
[39]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A player is not eligible for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame until he has been fully retired for four calendar years (reduced from five in 2015).
  2. ^ This list only includes active NBA franchises.
  3. ^ Formerly St. Louis Hawks, Milwaukee Hawks, Tri-Cities Blackhawks
  4. ^ Formerly New York Nets, New Jersey Nets
  5. ^ Formerly Charlotte Bobcats (2004–14)
  6. ^ Formerly Fort Wayne Pistons
  7. ^ Formerly San Francisco Warriors, Philadelphia Warriors
  8. ^ Formerly San Diego Rockets
  9. ^ Formerly Buffalo Braves (1970–78), San Diego Clippers (1978–84)
  10. ^ Formerly Minneapolis Lakers (1947–60)
  11. ^ Formerly Vancouver Grizzlies (1995–2001)
  12. ^ Formerly New Orleans Hornets (2002–04, 2007–13), New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (2005–07)
  13. ^ Formerly Seattle SuperSonics (1967–2008)
  14. ^ Formerly Syracuse Nationals
  15. ^ Formerly Kansas City Kings, Kansas City-Omaha Kings, Cincinnati Royals, Rochester Royals
  16. ^ Formerly New Orleans Jazz (1974–79)
  17. ^ Formerly Washington Bullets, Capital Bullets, Baltimore Bullets, Chicago Zephyrs, Chicago Packers

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Brown, Clifton (February 5, 1990). "3-Pointer Adds Dimension To N.B.A". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved February 21, 2009. 
  6. ^ Haubner, Mark (January 2, 2003). "The trey is the thing in today's NBA". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved February 21, 2009. 
  7. ^ "LAKERS: Lakers Gameday 01/08/12 Grizzlies". NBA.com. NBA Media Ventures. January 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012. In the history of the NBA, only two players have scored more points with a single franchise than Bryant (28,049): Karl Malone (1st/36,374) and Michael Jordan (2nd/29,277). 
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  9. ^ "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Info Page". NBA.com. NBA Media Ventures. Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. 
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  11. ^ "NBA's 20,000-point Club, One Team - Kobe Bryant, Lakers, 26,398 points". SI.com. Time. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Atlanta Hawks Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Boston Celtics Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Charlotte Hornets Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Chicago Bulls Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Cleveland Cavaliers Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Dallas Maverick Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Denver Nuggets Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Detroit Pistons Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Golden State Warriors Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Houston Rockets Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Indiana Pacers Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Los Angeles Clippers Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Miami Heat Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Minnesota Timberwolves Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  28. ^ "New Orleans Pelicans Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  29. ^ "New York Knicks Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Oklahoma City Thunder Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Archived from the original on February 25, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  31. ^ "Orlando Magic Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  32. ^ "Philadelphia 76ers Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  33. ^ "Phoenix Suns Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  34. ^ "Portland Trail Blazers Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  35. ^ "Sacramento Kings Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  36. ^ "San Antonio Spurs Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  37. ^ "Toronto Raptors Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  38. ^ "Utah Jazz Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  39. ^ "Washington Wizards Career Leaders". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2015.