There have been many great scorers in the 21st century that have made NBA history with their great offenses; players like Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki and others have kept the level of competition extremely high the past 17 years in the NBA.
We’ve seen stellar performances from many different players, including Kobe Bryant’s 81 (!) point game vs. the Toronto Raptors and his 65-point game in 2007, but also Carmelo Anthony’s 62 point game vs. Charlotte, LeBron James’ 61 point performance with Miami in 2014, Allen Iverson’s 60 point game in 2005, and many other stunning scoring performances that will remain in the history books of the NBA.
The last 20 years the game has evolved into a craftier, offensive game. Teams attempt more three-point shots than ever, the game is played at a much faster tempo, with players and teams liking the transition game, and more points are being scored. This shows the evolution of the three-point shot and the importance of great shooting skills. Moreover, in great detail, Fadeaway World brings you the top 20 NBA scorers since the 2000-2001 NBA season, heading into the 2017-2018 season:
Note: A * denotes an active player
20. Chris Bosh – 17,189 Points
19. Allen Iverson – 17,550 Points
18. Zach Randolph – 17,721* Points
17. Jason Terry – 18,058* Points
16. Jamal Crawford – 18,084* Points
15. Tony Parker – 18,522* Points
14. Antawn Jamison – 18,752 Points
13. Kevin Durant – 19,121* Points
12. Ray Allen – 19,136 Points
11. Kevin Garnett – 19,575 Points
10. Pau Gasol – 20,001* Points
9. Joe Johnson – 20,033* Points
8. Dwyane Wade – 21,317* Points
7. Vince Carter – 21,535* Points
6. Tim Duncan – 21,965 Points
5. Carmelo Anthony – 24,156* Points
4. Paul Pierce – 24,179 Points
3. Dirk Nowitzki – 28,440* Points
2. LeBron James – 28,787* Points
1. Kobe Bryant – 29,403 Points
Kobe Bryant still leads the way as the best scorer of the 21st century, but LeBron James is only 616 points behind him and most likely will catch him this season.
One of the best scorers in the NBA in today’s game and NBA champion Kevin Durant currently sits at the 13th spot, but could catch Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett this season.
Generally, these twenty players have played the game at a really high level throughout their careers, as they do relentlessly what fans love to see and that is, score the basketball.