Top 5 Highest Playoff Scoring Averages In NBA History
The NBA playoffs are when we separate the good from the great.
HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: When the pressure is on, who stepped up and scored the most for his team, when it mattered the most?
Initially, we looked at the top five single game individual scoring performances in NBA playoff history. Now, lets take a look at the top five players who scored the most points on a consistent basis, who played a minimum of 30 NBA playoff games.
1. Michael Jordan – 33.45
Yet another scoring list that Michael Jordan is at the top of. Jordan has the highest career scoring average in both the regular season (30.12) and the playoffs (33.45) in NBA history. He holds the record for most points scored in a playoff game with 63, which we covered the other day. He scored 50 or more points in eight playoff games, which is twice as many times as any other player (Wilt Chamberlain had four 50 point playoff game).
2. Allen Iverson – 29.73
The demise of “AI” was swift thanks in large part to his fearless playing style and the way he threw his body around, so its easy to forget how explosive he was during the first part of his career. In leading the Sixers to the Finals in 2000-01, Iverson averaged a ridiculous 32.9 ppg in 22 playoff games. Only Wilt Chamberlain and Jordan have more 50+ point playoff games.
3. Jerry West – 29.13
Imagine if the sharpshooting West would’ve had the benefit of the three point shot. Having played in nine NBA Finals, he is also the only player in NBA history to be named Finals MVP despite being on the losing team (1969). His career playoff high point game was 52 points against the Celtics in 1965.
4. LeBron James – 28.3
Two years ago, James’ average was 29.15, third best of all-time. That was when he was carrying the entire Cleveland franchise on his back. “Bron” had to have monster games every night for them to get anywhere and he did it with amazing consistency. Since coming to Miami, his scoring average in the playoffs may have gone down in those two years, but he also made the Finals both times. Nothing but love for LBJ.
5. Elgin Baylor – 27.04
Baylor was essentially the original Michael Jordan thanks to his mix of size, athleticism and ability to score at will in a myriad of ways. Baylor has the second highest individual scoring game in NBA playoff history, scoring 61 against the Celtics in the 1962 NBA Finals.