The game has evolved over the past couple of years, with point guards becoming pure scorers and having some incredible offensive games. Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, Isaiah Thomas, Russell Westbrook, James Harden have become pure scorers in the game of basketball in the modern-day NBA.
Despite this, we are going to take you back to the top 10 NBA point guard scorers of all-time in detail. Players such as Tony Parker and Jerry West are on this list, even though they are not remembered just for their scoring habits, but also for their amazing passing gifts.
10. Magic Johnson – 17,707 Points
Even though Magic Johnson wasn’t known for his scoring skills, but instead for his great passing gift, his mentality, and the way he made everyone around him better, he cracks the top 10 scoring point guards list at No. 10.
In the 906 games he played in he averaged 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 11.2 assists per game on 52.0% shooting from the field. Incredible stats across the board. For many, he is considered the greatest point guard ever. He has won championships with the Lakers, and led them to titles, while he has also won many different individual awards. Finally, he was inducted into the 2002 Hall of Fame.
9. Lenny Wilkens – 17,772 Points
Lenny Wilkens played 15 seasons in the NBA with four different teams. For his career, he averaged 16.5 points and 6.7 assists per game on 43.2% shooting from the field. He was a 9-time NBA All-Star, and he also had won the All-Star Game MVP back in 1971. He is remembered for his days in St. Louis and Seattle with the Supersonics, as the team also retired his No. 19 jersey. Also, something interesting about him was that in the 1967-1968 season, he finished second in MVP balloting behind the great Wilt Chamberlain.
8. Calvin Murphy – 17,947 Points
Calvin Murphy played in the 1970s with the Houston Rockets in the NBA. His best scoring season came in 1977-78 where he averaged 25.6 points per game. For a point guard in the 70s, this was quite a lot of points for just one season across 82 games. In his career, he played 1002 games and averaged 17.9 points and 4.4 assists per game. He was known mostly for his scoring and not his facilitating, as he liked to attack the defense and break it down with tough shots and lay-ups. Murphy was inducted into the 1993 Hall of Fame.
7. Dave Bing – 18,327 Points
Dave Bing played in the 1960s in the NBA for the Detroit Pistons. In his 901 games played, Bing averaged 20.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game, while shooting 44.1% from the field. He used to take over games, score the basketball and break down the defense by using his skills and high basketball IQ. He was inducted into the 1990 Hall of Fame.
6. Tony Parker – 18,441 Points
Parker was one of the most underrated point guards in the NBA for many years, but with his presence, his experience and championship mentality, he became an All-Star, and one of the most respected guys in the league.
Parker is getting ready for another NBA season, as he will be back from his injury in November, but his scoring numbers have gone down. In a team with Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan, Parker could facilitate the offense, break down the defense, make tough guarded lay-ups and clutch mid-range shots, and these are the reasons he is among the Top 10 scoring point guards of all-time. He could quite possibly catch Isiah Thomas at No.5 by the end of his career.
5. Isiah Thomas – 18,822 Points
Thomas played fewer games than the others; 979 with the Detroit Pistons, and was known for his unique style of play on both sides of the court.
He could average 20 points a season, but also 9-10 assists per game as well. His second season in the NBA, in 1982-83, was his best scoring season in his career, as he averaged 22.9 points per game in 81 games he played in. He led the Pistons to the Finals, and also had some really great scoring games. The way he could use floaters in the paint over huge defenders, get himself to the free-throw line, finish through contact and make some crazy, circus shots was what made him special around the rim.
4. John Stockton – 19,711 Points
For many, John Stockton is one of the greatest all-around and pass first playmakers of all time. With his skill-set, Stockton is fourth on the all-time point guard scoring list. Even though his focus was to organize the game offensively and break down the defense with his passes and crazy skills, he played 1504 games in his career and averaged 13.1 points and 10.5 assists per game. His best scoring season came in 1989-90 where he averaged 17.2 points per game. His high basketball IQ, his flashy passes and the way he handled the ball on the perimeter was what made him special for the Utah Jazz.
3. Gary Payton – 21,813 Points
Even though Gary Payton was known for his defensive skills — the way he could lock down an opponent and force him to take a bad, well-guarded shot, or the way he hustled back on defense and started the fast break — he is also the No. 3 scoring point guard in the history of the NBA. He played 1335 games in the NBA, and averaged 16.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013. His best scoring year was with the Sonics in 1999-00 where he averaged 24.2 points per game in the 82 games he participated in.
2. Jerry West – 25,192 Points
Jerry West played his whole NBA career (14 seasons) in Los Angeles with the Lakers. In 932 games he played in, he averaged 27.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game. ‘The Logo’ had an incredible career with the Lakers, and instantly became a Lakers legend and one of the best point guards in the history of the NBA.
With his 25,192 points, he is the second all-time scoring point guard. Jerry West was an all-around specialist on the offensive side of the court. He could shoot, post up, take mid-range jumpers and clutch shots down the stretch. The Laker fans loved him back in the 1960s. The games and Finals matchups between the Lakers and the Celtics were the ones that made this into a rivalry that is still lasting in the NBA.
1. Oscar Robertson – 26,710 Points
In his career, Oscar Robertson (The Big ‘O’) played 1040 games and averaged 25.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game. He was the first player to ever average a triple-double in a season. He was known for his leadership skills, his length, and his athleticism, to go along with his crafty offensive play, the way he could lead an offense and manipulate the ball in the perimeter.
With 26,710 points, he is the No. 1 scoring point guard in the history of the NBA. He played 10 seasons with the Cincinati Royals while averaging 29.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10.3 assists per game and 4 seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks. His best scoring season came in 1963-1964, where he averaged 31.4 points per game. He was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1980.