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NBA Career Playoff Scoring Leaders

Name the players who have scored the most points in NBA playoff history.
Through 2022
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Quiz by pierroul
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Last updated: June 17, 2022
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First submittedMay 10, 2017
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Average score72.7%
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Points
Rings
Player
7,631
4
LeBron James
5,987
6
Michael Jordan
5,762
6
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
5,640
5
Kobe Bryant
5,250
4
Shaquille O'Neal
5,172
5
Tim Duncan
4,761
0
Karl Malone
4,559
2
Kevin Durant
4,457
1
Jerry West
4,045
4
Tony Parker
3,954
3
Dwyane Wade
Points
Rings
Player
3,897
3
Larry Bird
3,776
8
John Havlicek
3,755
2
Hakeem Olajuwon
3,701
5
Magic Johnson
3,663
1
Dirk Nowitzki
3,642
6
Scottie Pippen
3,623
0
Elgin Baylor
3,607
2
Wilt Chamberlain
3,570
4
Stephen Curry
3,414
0
James Harden
3,182
3
Kevin McHale
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Level 67
May 27, 2017
I think it's weird that you've come out with this quiz now. James's points are going to increase with every game in the finals.
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Level ∞
May 27, 2017
The order isn't going to change though.
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Level 35
Jun 1, 2017
Everyone under Lebron has retired so what makes the difference?
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Level 68
Jun 1, 2017
Tony Parker hasn't retired yet--although he is looking like he might in the next few years. Nor has Dwyane Wade or Dirk Nowitzki.
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Level 47
Aug 6, 2019
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Level 15
Jun 1, 2017
I thought this was a fun quiz. Glad you made it.
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Level 43
Jun 1, 2017
I would have thought Bill Russell would be on here, even though he wasn't an amazing offensive player. With 11 rings, I would have thought he would have at least broken 3,000 points, but apparently not
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Level 19
Jun 1, 2017
I thought the same thing too
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Level 72
Jun 1, 2017
Russell was no offensive juggernaut. All-time great defensively though.
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Level 74
Oct 14, 2020
Also, less playoff rounds in those days = less games = less points.
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Level 72
Jun 1, 2017
Took me forever to think of Havlicek. I was like "Who on earth could have won eight times? Well, he must have played with Bill Russell..." and then I tried Cousy like three times before I thought of Hondo.
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Level 64
Oct 21, 2022
Hondo got in the driver's seat for two of those rings after Bill. Russell retired
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Level 61
Jun 1, 2017
There were fewer playoff rounds when Russell played.
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Level 73
May 18, 2018
2:36. The last one I got was Baylor when I reached the "guessing famous players throughout history" stage of the quiz. LOL.
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Level 73
Jun 12, 2018
This quiz showed up on my "untaken" list so I just took it, but now I see I have taken it previously. Reporting this issue therefore.
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Level 86
Aug 30, 2018
The quiz was probably updated and reset, which moved it to your untaken list, even though you took it before it was reset.
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Level 49
Dec 13, 2018
I never realized Baylor had never won a ring. That's crazy.
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Level 44
Oct 15, 2020
Technically, Baylor DOES have a ring from the '71-'72 Lakers championship season (he retired midway through that season but still earned a ring).
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Level 61
Oct 16, 2020
IMO, the best small forward till Lebron. He gave you defense that the others don't.
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Level 50
Oct 16, 2020
no that isnt Elgin thats clearly Bird
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Level 64
Oct 21, 2022
@Cooldrive no disrespect but that's a terrible opinion. You should Google Larry Bird.
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Level 47
Aug 6, 2019
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Level 70
Oct 14, 2020
Biggest surprises for me were Bill Russell missing out (he had 2,673) and Wilt Chamberlain barely making the list (I assumed he would've been much higher).
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Level 50
Oct 16, 2020
someone else said it already

the playoffs were shorter back then, so less games, which equals less points

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Level 83
Nov 29, 2022
Yes, you're really comparing apples and oranges with these types of lists. It drives me absolutely batty every year during the Major League Baseball playoffs when it seems like every game someone is setting a new all-time postseason record. When the Yankees were dominating baseball in the 1930s, they only played a best-of-seven World Series. Playoff rounds have continued to be added since the early Eighties, and now with the new format starting in 2022, a wild card team could play up to 24 postseason games in one year. I don't necessarily object to all of the additional rounds/games, but I do object to the television networks shoving it down our throats that some mediocre Houston Astro has the all-time postseason record for walks just because he happens to be playing in the 21st Century. Sorry that my screed focused on baseball, but it equally applies to the NBA.
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Level 53
Oct 24, 2022
Should ABA playoff points also count? Regardless of whether they, the list is missing Dr J (Julius Erving), who with ABA games counting scored over 4500 points in the playoffs, without ABA games, didn't do the math but over 3000 points.

Also, what's the source here? Not listed in the credits.

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Level 17
Dec 20, 2022
jordan overrated