Top 5 players in the NBA in terms of points scored per game as Luka Doncic becomes qualified for official rankings

Top 5 players in the NBA in terms of points scored per game as Luka Doncic becomes qualified for official rankings

On Christmas Day, superstar Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks outscored the Phoenix Suns by fifty points. In the absence of Kyrie Irving, he led the Mavs to a thrilling victory away from home against the hosts, who were led by Kevin Durant and Devin Booker. Currently, Doncic has more 50-point games in his career than all other Mavericks players combined with six.

In addition to his amazing single-game performance, Doncic became the fastest active NBA player to surpass 10,000 career points. He became the sixth player to reach the milestone before to reaching 25. The Slovenian completed the feat in 358 games, which ties him with Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo for ninth place.

These are the other four players in Luka Doncic’s all-time NBA top 5 list in terms of points per game.

5. Baylor Elgin

“The Big Hurt” scored 27.36 points per game to round out his Hall of Fame career. In each of his first seven NBA seasons, Elgin Baylor was an All-Star. He averaged 30.2 points, 15.4 rebounds, and 4.3 assists a game over that time.

Even with his incredible stats, Baylor was never the winner of the NBA championship or the MVP award. He was still renowned for his ability to rebound and score.

4. Embiid Joel

At 27.67 points per game, the current MVP and the NBA’s back-to-back scoring champion rank fourth on the list. He is scoring an incredible 35.0 points per game in 25 games this season. For the third year in a row, he might take home the scoring title.

Over the past two years, Luka Doncic has trailed Joel Embiid in scoring. This season, the Philly big man lags the Dallas Mavericks superstar as well.

3. Luka Doncic

Luka Doncic is ranked third all-time with a career PPG of 28.04. The concerning aspect about Doncic’s play is that there is still room for improvement. Even with how good he has become, he is constantly refining his technique. With Kyrie Irving by his side, he has improved his catching and shooting this season. One of Doncic’s mainstays now is his post-up style.

Perhaps the most unique of the top 5 leaders in this category is Doncic. He lacks their agility and quickness. With his use of leverage, shiftiness, change of pace, intelligence, and incredible talents, the Slovenian overwhelms opponents.

2. Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain is listed in almost every score category. In 236 games, he scored 10,000 points, the fewest in NBA history. Being the first player to reach the 30-point plateau before retiring, “The Big Dipper” averaged 30.07 points per game.

Even for Luka Doncic, many of Wilt Chamberlain’s scoring records are plain unreachable. It’s unlikely that the great big man’s 100-point performance will be affected. He has a few more that will go down in NBA history as unbroken.

1. Michael Jordan

Wilt Chamberlain was beaten by “His Airness” by a tiny majority. Michael Jordan dominated this category with an average of 30.12 points per game. He was an opponent-terrifying scoring machine, much like Chamberlain. Aside from being one of the greatest players of all time, the Chicago Bulls star was also the second-fastest player to reach 10,000 points.

Jordan won the scoring title ten times. He was the scoring champion for seven years in a row. He averaged 33.2 points on 51.8% shooting during that time.

Additionally, Michael Jordan’s scoring escapades weren’t meaningless. He had a major role in the Bulls’ 1990s dynasty development. Chicago had a 6-0 record in the NBA Finals thanks to Jordan’s ability to make baskets.

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