Some of the best finishers in the league rack up a ton of points. Scoring 2,000 points in a season is hard to accomplish. Having longevity in scoring 2,000 or more points is nearly unheard of. That is why there are only three players in the history of the NBA that have scored 2,000 or more points in a season 10 or more times. Not even all-time leading scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar accomplished 10 seasons of 2,000 or more points.
10 players have secured at least seven seasons. Kevin Durant could join this group next season. Currently, Durant is tied with George Gervin with six seasons of 2,000 points or more. As for the rest, there are some familiar names when it comes to the best finishers of all time. One player could push for the NBA record in the next few seasons.
These are the 10 players with the most 2,000-point seasons.
8T. Oscar Robertson - 7 Seasons
The first seven seasons of Robertson’s career featured scoring at least 2,000 or more points. Five of those times, Robertson led the league in total assists as well. There were two other occurrences of leading the league in free throws, and once, he led the league in free throw percentage. During the 1963-64 season, 800 of those points came from free throws on his way to scoring a career-high 2,480 total points.
Robertson just missed 2,000 points during the 1968-69 season when he finished with 1,955 points. Each time that Robertson reached the 2K mark, he was an All-Star with the Cincinnati Royals. Once the Royals became the Sacramento Kings, it didn’t matter when it came to records. Robertson remains the all-time leading scorer for the franchise.
8T. Wilt Chamberlain - 7 Seasons
When you score 100 points in a game, you have to be on your way to scoring at least 2,000 points in a season, right? The 1961-62 season was special for a variety of reasons, but it also saw Chamberlain score 4,029 points. There are some players lucky enough to score 4,000 points in a matter of five to six seasons. Chamberlain did that in one season while also leading the league in total rebounds, field goals, field-goal percentage, and free throw attempts.
Chamberlain topped 3,000 or more points three times and just missed the threshold during the 1963-64 season when he scored 2,948 total points. He just missed making the 2K mark nine times. After his final appearance in 1965-66, Chamberlain scored 1,956 and 1,992 total points the following two seasons.
8T. James Harden - 7 Seasons
We might have seen the last time Harden scored 2,000 or more points in a season. From 2014 to 2020, his dominating stretch with the Houston Rockets was legendary. Four of those times, Harden led the NBA in total points. Harden led the league in made free throws six consecutive seasons, topping at least 700 made free throws five times. Harden’s game was very reliant on the free throw line, but with the new league rules on drawing contract on leaning into the shot, Harden might not be able to make it back to that mark.
Plus, Harden now plays with Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris. Harden doesn’t need to score 35 points a night for the 76ers to win games. Last season, Harden scored 1,432 total points. With a full season in Philly, anything can happen, but the days of scoring 2,300 points in a season might be behind him.
5T. Dominique Wilkins - 8 Seasons
When Wilkins was racking up All-Star selections with the Atlanta Hawks, he was also padding his total points stats. Wilkins went seven consecutive seasons with at least 2,000 points scored in a season from 1984 to 1990. After sustaining an injury in 1991-92, he stormed back with 2,121 points the following season. He just missed nine seasons during the 1993-94 season, but that was the year he was traded to the Clippers, and he finished the year with 1,923 total points.
Wilkins doesn’t have any flashy records like some of the other players. He quietly accomplished all of this. Wilkins led the NBA in two-point field goal attempts in 1984-85 but other than that, he was just one of the players near the top of the leaderboard. His best season came in 1987-88, when he scored 2,397 total points.
5T. Alex English - 8 Seasons
Alex English doesn’t get enough credit. The longtime Denver Nugget led the league in made field goals three times during the 80s, an era that featured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson running the show. English led the league in total points during the 1982-83 and 1985-86 seasons as well. That was in the midst of eight consecutive seasons of scoring at least 2K points in a season.
His best season came during the 1985-86 season when he scored 2,414 total points. English just missed nine seasons. He scored 1,929 total points during the 1980-81 season. Each time English scored 2K points in a season, he made an All-Star team, which means he was eight for eight. That’s not too bad for the No. 23 overall pick of the 1976 NBA Draft.
5T. Kobe Bryant - 8 Seasons
Bryant wasn’t afraid to take shots. When you have that type of confidence, the points will come. Bryant led the league in field goal attempts six times and led the league in made field goals three times. On top of that, he led the league in made free throws in 2006 and 2007. Alas, while Bryant might have had his critics talking about his shot selection, you cannot hinder the fact that he led the league in total points four times from 2003 to 2008. That included a career-high 2,832 points in 2005-06 when he finished fourth in the MVP voting.
Bryant just missed six consecutive seasons from 2006 to 2011, but he finished the 2009-10 season with 1,970 points. There were two seasons in 2001-02 and 2002-03 that saw Bryant score over 2,000 points while playing with Shaquille O’Neal. Bryant’s last season came during the 2012-13 campaign. Bryant finished his career with over 33,000 points with the Lakers.
4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 9 Seasons
Many people like to point out the five championships Abdul-Jabbar won with the Lakers, but don’t ever forget about the six seasons he gave to the Milwaukee Bucks. During that time, he led the league in making field goals four times in comparison to the one time he had with the Lakers. Also, the timing of his success is pivotal as well. Abdul-Jabbar led the league in scoring his rookie season, as well as the first three seasons of his career.
His 2,822 points in 1971-72 were off the heels of winning Finals MVP from the 1971 championship. Abdul-Jabbar scored over 2,000 points in the first six years of his career, and he nearly made it nine years in a row, but he scored only 1,949 points during the 1974-75 season. There was one more season with 1,903 points in 1978-79, but he then added two more seasons of 2K the following two years.
3. LeBron James - 10 Seasons
There are five seasons that James led the league in made field goals, which included 857 field goals in his final season with the Cavaliers at the age of 33. That was the last time that James recorded a season of at least 2K points, which was also the same year he led the league in total points. Ever since joining the Lakers, James has not surpassed 2K points in a season, and with players like Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook around him now, it seems unlikely as he turns 38 years old this season.
With that said, James has had an amazing stretch with the Cavaliers. After his rookie seasons, James scored at least 2K points in a season each year from 2004-05 to 2010-11. After his first season with the Heat, James added two more seasons. He could have tied the record had it not been for two close years. James finished with 1,920 points in 2015-16 and then 1,954 points in 2016-17.
2. Michael Jordan - 11 Seasons
When you are leading the league in made field goals, it means that the points are coming. Ten times in Jordan’s career, he led the league in made field goals. Nine of those times, he led the league in shots attempted, but he certainly took care of his end by making the most two-point field goals nine times, including a stretch of seven consecutive years. Had Jordan not gotten injured in 1985-86, he would have opened his career with nine straight seasons.
We can double down on that statement as well. If not for the injury and his retirement, he would have probably owned 14 straight seasons. Instead, he ranks second on this all-time list. Jordan once topped 3,000 total points in the 1986-87 seasons, where he also scored a league-leading 833 free throws. Those lost years will always be a “what if” scenario for Bulls fans, but his track record shows he could have finished his career with the record if he stayed.
1. Karl Malone - 12 Seasons
Here is an interesting stat. Malone owns the most seasons with 2,000 points or more but never led the league in made field goals. Neither did he ever lead the league in total points. He led the league in made two-point field goals once. However, his bread and butter were at the free throw line. There, he led the league in made free throws eight times and free-throw attempts even time. Malone finished his career as a career-high 74.2% shooter at the line, where he topped 600 made free throws in a season six times.
Malone finished his career as the runner-up on the all-time scoring list. He knows ranks third behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James. From 1987-88 to 1997-98, Malone had 11 consecutive seasons of 2K points or more. After one down year, he returned with 2,095 points during the 1999-00 season. With 36,928 points to his name, it’s no surprise that his name would be at the top of this list.