The NBA has changed a lot since their early days, but something that’ll always happen is that some players will pretty much dominate the scene, especially when we’re talking about putting a lot of points on the scoreboard.
Nonetheless, scorers nowadays aren’t nearly as dominant as they were back in the day, with players like Wilt Chamberlain completely owning the glass, the stat sheet and pretty much every inch of the floor every time he entered the hardwood.
Still, there are a few players in the modern era that even though won’t be as remarkable as Wilt was during his prime, could definitely own the top of the leading scoring table of the upcoming NBA seasons if they stay healthy.
Today, we’re going to discuss the possibility of 5 different guys averaging at least 35 points per game for the next couple of seasons, something that’s only been done in the last 53 years by Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Rick Barry since Chamberlain did so in the 63-64 season.
We’ve all seen what Kevin Durant's capable of doing with the rock on his hands, as there absolutely no single liability in his offensive game and he’s grown to be one of the most versatile and skilled players in the Association.
Of course, sharing touches with Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry could make it difficult for the 4 time NBA Scoring Champion to average over 35 points per game, but considering how prolific the Warriors’ offense is, everything’s possible.
James Harden has blossomed as one of the league’s elite scorers and he’s set to stay at the top of the league’s leading scorers for a very, very long time is he manages to stay healthy, improving his offensive game on a yearly basis.
Nevertheless, he’s going to need some help from Chris Paul and his playmaking, and if they manage to develop good chemistry, they could be both poised for monster seasons and perhaps a trip to the NBA Finals.
Russell Westbrook just had one of the most incredible seasons the NBA has ever seen, averaging a triple-double through the full campaign and leading the Oklahoma City Thunder in pretty much every single stat.
According to sources, Russell hasn’t missed a beat during the offseason and he’s not showing any signs of slowing down this upcoming season, so if he manages to be a more consistent shooter now that Paul George’s in town, he could easily score over 35 points per game.
Damian Lillard keeps lighting it up despite people not respecting him and trusting him enough, proving to be one of the clutchest and fiercest competitors over the last couple of seasons in the Association as the ultimate leader of the Portland Trail Blazers.
And considering how little help he gets from teammates not called CJ McCollum, an inspired Lillard willing to take matters into his own hands and singled handedly lead the team to the postseason could average over 35 points, although we wouldn’t be sure about his chances in the playoffs.
And last but not least, we get Anthony Davis, one of the most talented big men in the league right now and a player that could easily beat pretty much every single defender in the Association, even Rudy Gobert and DeAndre Jordan.
Davis’ only offensive flaw is his lack of consistency from downtown, but he’s quietly been among the top 5 leading scorers in the league for a couple of seasons now, and he’s yet to reach his ceiling as a pro.