All franchises have had some outstanding players who deserve to have their jerseys retired. However, just a handful of them is able to leave an everlasting footprint on their history.
Thing is, it's getting more difficult now to see players spend their entire careers - or at least a decade - on the same franchise, as they're often pursuing a Championship or a bigger market.
However, there have been some outstanding ballers that have been able to write their name on the history books by committing to a lifetime of getting buckets wearing the same jersey. Today, we're going to talk about the players with the most career points for every franchise:
Atlanta Hawks - Dominique Wilkins (23,292 PTS)
Dominique Wilkins spent the first 12 seasons of his career with the Atlanta Hawks before trying his luck with the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics and even playing overseas briefly.
Throughout his career, he averaged 24.8 points on 46% shooting and 31% from deep. He won the scoring title with the Hawks in 1986, made it to 9 All-Stars, 7 All-NBA teams, and the Hall of Fame.
Boston Celtics - John Havlicek (26,395 PTS)
John Havlicek is one of the greatest players to ever lace them up. With his ability to impact both ends of the hardwood, he ended up going a perfect 8-0 in the NBA Finals and playing his entire career with the Celtics.
Hondo averaged 20.8 points per game over his 15-season career. He won 8 Championships, made it to 13 All-Star Games, 8 All-Defensive teams, 11 All-NBA teams, won 1 Finals MVP and made it to the Hall of Fame.
Brooklyn Nets - Brook Lopez (10,444 PTS)
For years Brook Lopez was one of the biggest scoring threats in the league when it came to big men. He constantly led the Brooklyn Nets in scoring, but never had a supporting cast able to help him in the playoffs.
Lopez spent 9 seasons in Brooklyn before joining the Lakers and Bucks. Averaging 16.8 points per game throughout his career, he's made it to 1 All-Star Game and the All-Rookie team.
Charlotte Hornets - Kemba Walker (12,0009 PTS)
Kemba Walker was constantly having MVP kind of seasons in terms of production and numbers with the Charlotte Hornets. However, his lack of playoff success eventually made him leave to join the Celtics.
Kemba spent the first 8 seasons of his career with the Hornets and made it to 4 All-Star Games and 1 All-NBA team. Thus far, he's averaged 20.0 points per game on 41% shooting per his career.
Chicago Bulls - Michael Jordan (29,277 PTS)
It's going to be a while before someone's able to catch up Michael Jordan for the all-time leading scorer spot in Chicago Bulls' history. If I had to put money on it, I'd say no one's ever going to surpass him. Jordan won 10 scoring titles with the Bulls.
Also, he led them to 6 rings with 6 Finals MVPs, 1 Defensive Player of the Year award, 5 MVPs, the Rookie of the Year award, made 14 All-Star Game appearances, 11 All-NBA teams, 9 All-Defensive team won 3 All-Star MVPs and holds the highest points-per-game average in league history at 30.1.
Cleveland Cavaliers - LeBron James (23,119 PTS)
Just like with Jordan's case in Chicago, we'd be safe to assume that nobody's ever going to take down LeBron James' as the greatest player in Cleveland Cavaliers' history, let alone in the all-time leading scorers list.
James spent 11 of his 17-year career at 'the land' and gave them 1 scoring title, 1 of his 3 NBA Championships, the Rookie of the Year award and 1 of his 4 MVPs. Also, he's made it to 16 All-Star Games, 15 All-NBA teams, 6 All-Defensive teams, and 3 Finals MVPs while averaging 27.1 points per game.
Dallas Mavericks - Dirk Nowitzki (31,560 PTS)
Dirk Nowitzki is arguably the greatest foreign player in the history of the game. He completely changed the way the power-forward spot was played with this ability to spread the floor and knock down shots from three.
Dirk spent his entire 2o-year career with the Mavericks. With averages of 20.7 points per game, he led them to 1 Championship, won 1 MVP, 1 Finals MVP, made it to 14 All-Star Games, and 12 All-NBA teams, while also being a member fo the 50-40-90 club.
Denver Nuggets - Alex English (21,645 PTS)
Way back in the day Alex English was recognized as one of the league's biggest problems. His athleticism and quick first step made a fool out of defenders night in and night out and he was just unstoppable when driving through the lane.
English spent 11 seasons with the Denver Nuggets before joining the Bucks, Mavericks, and Pacers. He averaged 21.5 points per game and won 1 scoring title. Also, he made it to 8 All-Star Games, 3 All-NBA teams, and the Hall of Fame.
Detroit Pistons - Isiah Thomas (18,822 PTS)
We don't talk enough about how good Isiah Thomas was. Perhaps he got caught up in time after his terrible job as an executive, but he's by far one of the best players of all time. Also, he was way more than just a pass-first kind of guy.
Thomas spent 12 years in the league, all of them with the Pistons. Averaging 19.6 points per game, he led them to 2 Championships, won 1 Finals MVP, made it to 12 All-Star Games, 5 All-NBA teams, won 2 Finals MVPs, led the league in assists once and is now a Hall of Famer.
Golden State Warriors - Wilt Chamberlain (17,783 PTS)
Throughout his entire career, Wilt Chamberlain was the ultimate entertainer. He was so dominant, the league had to enforce some rule changes to prevent him from having 'unfair advantages' over his opponents. Needless to say, that didn't work a bit.
Wilt spent 6 years with the Warriors and also played for the Sixers and Lakers. He won the Rookie of the Year award, 2 NBA Championships, 1 Finals MVP, 4 MVPs, 7 scoring titles, 11 rebounding titles, led the league in assists once, made it to 13 All-Stars, 10 All-NBA teams, 2 All-Defensive teams, and the Hall of Fame. Also, he averaged 30.1 points per game.
Houston Rockets - Hakeem Olajuwon (26,511 PTS)
Hakeem Olajuwon is not only one of the greatest big men to ever live. He's also one of the greatest players ever. Period. He's the master of the footwork and young players still watch his footage to work on their craft up to this day.
Hakeem could dominate every aspect of the game with ease thanks to high basketball IQ and athleticism. He averaged 21.8 points per game, won 2 rings, 2 Finals MVPs, 1 MVP, led the league in blocks 3 times, twice in boards, and made it to 12 ALl-Star Games. He spent 17 seasons with the Rockets before retiring at Toronto.
Indiana Pacers - Reggie Miller (25,279 PTS)
Long before the Stephen Currys and Klay Thompsons, the league had just one Reggie Miller, one of the first players to constantly rely on the three-point shot as a source of offense, and one of the greatest shooter of all time.
Miller is yet another victim of Michael Jordan and his Pacers always lacked the core to compete at the highest of levels. However, he spent his entire 17-season career with them. Averaging 18.2 points per game on 39% from beyond the arc, he made it to 5 All-Star Games, 3 All-NBA teams, and the Hall of Fame.
Los Angeles Clippers - Bob McAdoo (12,735 PTS)
It's crazy to think that Bob McAdoo only spent 5 seasons with the organization now known as the Los Angeles Clippers, yet he's their all-time leading scorer. That says a lot about how good and dominant he was back in the day.
McAdoo also played for the Lakers, Knicks, Pistons, Sixers, Nets, and Celtics. He won the Rookie of the Year award, 1 MVP, 3 scoring titles, 2 Championships, made it to 5 All-Star Games and the Hall of Fame. Throughout his career, he averaged 22.1 points per game.
Los Angeles Lakers - Kobe Bryant (33,643 PTS)
Kobe Bryant worked his heart off to become the greatest Laker ever and he ended up accomplish way more than just that. He became one of the most influential human beings of all time and left an ever-lasting legacy both on and off the court.
Bryant spent his entire 20-year career with the purple and gold, averaging 25.0 points per game. He won 5 rings, 2 Finals MVPs, 1 MVP, 2 scoring titles, and 2 All-Star MVPs. He made it to 18 All-Star Games, 12 All-Defensive teams, 15 All-NBA teams and finally, the Hall of Fame.
Memphis Grizzlies - Mike Conley (11.733 PTS)
Mike Conley was a bit of a late bloomer. However, once he got the grip, he never took his feet off the gas. Still, he's perhaps the most underrated point guard in the league despite his great nose for the ball in defense and playmaking skills in the offense.
Conley spent the first 12 seasons of his career with the Memphis Grizzlies and led their most successful stint in franchise history. Averaging 14.8 points per game, the new member of the Utah Jazz made it to 1 All-Defensive team.
Miami Heat - Dwyane Wade (21,556 PTS)
Dwyane Wade IS the Miami Heat. He made them, he grew with them, he fought with his heart and soul with the franchise since entering the league in 2003, so there's no wonder why he's their all-time leading scorer.Wade spent the first 13 years of his career at South Beach before leaving to play for the Bulls and Cavs.
Eventually, he came back to put an end to his adventure and came back home for an extra couple of years. Winner of 3 rings and 1 Finals MVP, he also made it to 13 All-Star Games, 8 All-NBA teams, 3 All-Defensive teams, won 1 Finals MVP, 1 scoring title, and averaged 22.0 points per game.
Milwaukee Bucks - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (14,211 PTS)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar entered the league with the best resume in NCAA history and he didn't miss a beat in the NBA, dominating right out the gate and turning the Milwaukee Bucks into a legit Championship contender. He'd end up leaving the team after 6 seasons but still managed to score over 14 points there.
Throughout his career, he won 6 rings, 6 MVPs, 2 Finals MVPs, 2 scoring titles, led the league in blocks 4 times, once in boards, won the Rookie of the Year award, made it to a league-record 19 All-Star Games, 6 All-NBA teams, 11 All-Defensive teams, and the Hall of Fame. With a lifetime average of 24.6 points per game, he's also the league's all-time leading scorer.
Minnesota Timberwolves - Kevin Garnett (19,201 PTS)
Kevin Garnett is one of the fiercest competitors the league has ever seen. His impact on both ends of the court was only matched by his leadership and efforts to turn the Timberwolves into a contending team. However, he lacked a good supporting cast for most of his career there.
Garnett played a total of 14 seasons with the Timberwolves, with 2 years at Brooklyn and 6 in Boston. He won 1 Championship, 1 MVP, 1 Defensive Player of the Year award, 1 All-Star MVP, made it to 15 All-Star Games, 12 All-Defensive teams, 9 All-NBA teams, and the Hall of Fame. Also, he led the league in rebounds 4 times and averaged 17.8 points per game.
New Orleans Pelicans - Anthony Davis (11,059 PTS)
The New Orleans Pelicans are a relatively new franchise and Anthony Davis missed a lot of games due to injury when he was playing for them. That tells us two things: there haven't been many good players in franchise history (which is why Davis left) and Davis was a walking bucket.
With averages of 24.0 points per game, the former 1st overall pick has led the league in blocks 3 times, made it to 7 All-Star Games with 1 All-Star MVP, 3 All-NBA teams, and 3 All-Defensive teams. Now, he's trying to win his first Championship with the Lakers.
New York Knicks - Patrick Ewing (23,665 PTS)
Patrick Ewing was one of the most dominant forces down low during his prime. However, he had the bad luck of coexisting on the same conference as a guy named Michael Jordan and his unstoppable Chicago Bulls for most of his career.
Still, Ewing's strong core and physical gifts helped him dominate in the paint. That's why he averaged 21.0 points and made it to 11 All-Star Games, 3 All-Defensive teams, 7 All-NBA teams, won the Rookie Of the Year award and is a Hall of Famer. He played with the Knicks for 15 seasons before brief stints with the Sonics and Magic.
Oklahoma City Thunder - Russell Westbrook (18,849 PTS)
The very first thing Russell Westbrook did as soon as he found out that Kevin Durant was leaving the Thunder was signing a contract extension. That's just the kind of competitor he is, that's how much of a leader he is and how much he cared about the team and the community.
While his experiment as the team's go-to-guy didn't come into fruition, he's still considered the greatest player in franchise history. Averaging 23.2 points per game, he won 1 MVP, 2 All-Star MVPs, 2 scoring titles, led the league in dimes twice, and has been to 9 All-Star Games while playing there for 11 seasons.
Orlando Magic - Dwight Howard (11,435 PTS)
It's crazy to think that Dwight Howard doesn't have a fanbase that could support his Hall of Fame case, but he's got all the numbers to back him up. He's one of the best two-way big men of modern basketball, regardless of how you may feel about him.
He's the last big man to lead a team to the NBA Finals. He amassed over 11 points in just 8 seasons with the Magic and thus far, he's been to 8 All-Star Games, 5 All-Defensive teams, and 8 All-NBA teams. Also, he's a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, led the league in boards 5 times, and twice in blocks while averaging 16.8 points per game.
Philadelphia 76ers - Hal Greer (21,586 PTS)
It's crazy to think that up to this day, Hal Greer still leads the all-time leading scorer's table of a franchise with that many great players in their history like the Philadelphia 76ers, so that should tell you just enough about how good he was.
Greer spent his entire 14-year career with the Sixers' organization. Averaging 19.2 points per game, he made it to 10 All-Star Games, 7 All-NBA teams, won 1 NBA Championship, 1 All-Star MVP, and is now a Hall of Famer.
Phoenix Suns - Walter Davis (15,666 PTS)
We don't often mention Walter Davis's name when talking about the greatest scorers in league history. However, there was a time when he was money in the paint, thanks to his athleticism and incredible ability to finish below the rim.
Davis spent 11 years with the Suns before joining the Nuggets and Blazers. He averaged 18.9 points on 51% shooting and won the Rookie of the Year, made it to 6 All-Star Games, and 2 All-NBA teams.
Portland Trail Blazers - Clyde Drexler (18,040 PTS)
Back in the day, a lot of people said that Clyde Drexler would've been considered as the greatest shooting guard in the history of the game if it wasn't' for Michael Jordan. While that may be a bit of a reach, he certainly was a major problem for opposing defenses.
Drexler spent the first 12 seasons of his career at Portland before joining the Rockets. He averaged 20.4 points per game on 47% from the floor, won 1 NBA Championship, made it to 10 All-Star Games, 5 All-NBA teams, and the Hall of Fame.
Sacramento Kings - Oscar Robertson (22,009 PTS)
Long before Russell Westbrook, the league had Oscar Roberston, a tweener that could do literally everything on the court and fill the stat sheet on a nightly basis, and the first guy to average a triple-double for an entire season.
Robertson spent 10 seasons with the Kings (then known as Royals) and 4 with the Bucks. He averaged 25.7 points, won the Rookie of the Year award, 1 MVP, 3 All-Star MVPs, and 1 Championship. Also, he made it to 12 All-Star Games, 11 All-NBA teams, the Hall of Fame, and led the league in assists 6 times.
San Antonio Spurs - Tim Duncan (26,496 PTS)
Young ballers will still be watching Tim Duncan's footage in 2050 to take a glimpse at what the game is truly about. He was a flawless player that would never let his emotions get the best of him, a two-way standout the league will likely never see again.
Duncan spent his entire 19-year career with the Spurs and turned them into the dynasty they were. He won 5 Championships, 2 MVPs, 3 Finals MVPs, the Rookie of the Year award, 1 All-Star MVP, made it to 15 All-Star Games, 15 All-NBA teams, 15 All-Defensive teams, and the Hall of Fame.
Toronto Raptors - DeMar DeRozan (13,296 PTS)
DeMar DeRozan is considered by some as the greatest player in Toronto Raptors history, even despite the fact that he was unable to lead them to a successful playoff run and the team won their first Championship right after he left.
DeRozan made a name for himself as a mid-range threat, which is impressive considering few players make it in modern NBA without a three-point shot. Up to this day, he's averaged 20.0 points per game and has made it to 4 All-Star Games and 2 All-NBA teams.
Utah Jazz - Karl Malone (36,374 PTS)
Of all of the great players that fell to Michael Jordan's reign, Karl Malone is arguably the best. He could've been a two-time NBA Champion, but Jordan just wasn't going to be denied. Still, he's one of the league's all-time leading scorers.
Malone spent 18 seasons with the Utah Jazz before joining the Lakers for a failed Championship run. He averaged 25.0 points per game, won 2 MVPs, 2 All-Star MVPs, and made it to 14 All-Star Games, 14 All-NBA teams, 4 All-Defensive teams, and the Hall of Fame.
Washington Wizards - Elvin Hayes (15,551 PTS)
Way back in the day, Elvin Hayes was a huge menace in both ends of the hardwood. With his length, vertical leap and athleticism, he could outjump everybody en route to the rim and then swat a shot with authority all the way to the 5th row.
Hayes spent 9 seasons with the Bullets/Wizards before finishing his career with the Rockets. Averaging 21.0 points per game, he won 1 NBA Championship, 1 scoring title, and led the league in boards twice. Also, he made it to 12 All-Star Games, 2 All-Defensive teams, 6 All-NBA teams, and the Hall of Fame.