The Playoffs in the NBA is the most important part of the season. It’s the time when major upsets can occur. It’s exactly the time when great teams differentiate from good teams. It’s the time when real superstars show their value. It’s the time that matters the most from any aspect one sees it. Details during the playoffs can make the difference between a won and a lost championship. That’s why scoring with consistency is so important. Let’s see which the top 10 All-Time scorers of the history of the NBA Playoffs are.
No.10: John Havlicek
Havlicek scored 3,776 points during the playoffs in his career. Of course, he is a Hall-of-Famer today and he was a dominant player during his era, mid-60 to mid-70. He won one NBA Finals MVP award, too.
No.9: LeBron James
LeBron has sacked 3,871 points up to this point of his career in the NBA. It’s very interesting to see how high “The King” can go. If he and the Miami Heat continue to prevail in the East and retain their Big Three formation, we could see James setting a new record by the dawn of his career.
No.8: Larry Bird
With 3,897 points in the postseason, Larry Bird ranks eighth in our list. Of course, he is still considered one of the best players in the history of the league. He won three rings with the Boston Celtics and two NBA Finals MVP awards.
No.7: Jerry West
Jerry West totaled 4,457 points in the playoffs for his career. As a member of the Los Angeles Lakers he won one ring and was also named NBA Finals MVP once.
No.6: Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan just recently climbed to the sixth spot of all-time scoring leaders in NBA Playoff history. Up to now, he has scored 4,614 points but there are many chances he gains one more spot by the end of his career. Karl Malone is ahead of him.
No.5: Karl Malone
Malone scored 4,761 points during the postseason with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz. It’s very likely he falls to the sixth spot within this year or the next one, as Tim Duncan is fast approaching.
No.4: Shaquille O’Neal
The Diesel totaled 5,250 points for his 17-year career in the playoffs. He played for a bunch of teams that made it to the postseason, including the Los Angeles Lakers, the Orlando Magic, the Boston Celtics, the Phoenix Suns, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat.
No.3: Kobe Bryant
If the Black Mamba wasn’t injured during the 2013 NBA Playoffs, he could now rank second in this list. Still, with 5,640 points he has the potential to make it even to the top. If he gets back healthy and the Lakers make it to the playoffs this season, he could gain one spot.
No.2: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Abdul-Jabbar has a total of 5,762 points in the postseason for his career. He also won six rings and he was named the MVP of the NBA Finals two times.
No.1: Michael Jordan
Of course “His Airness” lies at the top of our list. No player has yet managed to overpass Michael Jordan’s 5,987 points. Perhaps LeBron James could have a shot. Kobe Bryant’s chances are viable, too.