Which NBA players had the highest scoring peaks?

I’m going to go by PPG here and split it into regular season and playoffs (going 1 entry per player)

Regular Season – 10 highest players for a season

  1. Wilt Chamberlain (1962) – 50.4 PPG
  2. Elgin Baylor (1962) – 38.3 PPG
  3. Michael Jordan (1987) – 37.1 PPG
  4. James Harden (2019) – 36.1 PPG
  5. Rick Barry (1967) – 35.6 PPG
  6. Kobe Bryant (2006) – 35.4 PPG
  7. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1972) – 34.8 PPG
  8. Bob McAdoo (1975) – 34.5 PPG
  9. Tiny Archibald (1973) – 34.0 PPG
  10. Charlie Scott (1972) – 33.4 PPG

Playoffs – 10 highest players for a season

  1. Michael Jordan (1986) – 43.7 PPG
  2. Jerry West (1965) – 40.6 PPG
  3. Rick Barry (1970) – 40.1 PPG
  4. Elgin Baylor (1962) – 38.6 PPG
  5. Hakeem Olajuwon (1988) – 37.5 PPG
  6. Bob McAdoo (1975) – 37.4 PPG
  7. Russell Westbrook (2017) – 37.4 PPG
  8. Wilt Chamberlain (1961) – 37.0 PPG
  9. Spencer Haywood (1970) – 36.7 PPG
  10. Donovan Mitchell (2020) – 36.3 PPG

Does any of this surprise you? Did you expect Charlie Scott to be on the list? Did you expect Bob McAdoo to be in both lists? Did you expect Curry, KD and Iverson to be missing from both lists? Did you expect Donovan Mitchell and Russell Westbrook to be ahead of Kobe and Kareem on the playoffs list? I have to admit the playoffs list is more surprising to me.


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