Active career points leaders in the NBA
Here’s a quick trivia question to begin this post. Don’t read on until you have tried to answer the question.
Can you name the six active players who are their current team’s career scoring leader?
The flurry of trade activity was unlike what we’ve seen in the NBA in recent years. Starting point guards found new homes, players returned to the teams where they began their careers, teams stockpiled draft picks.
With these trades, a few players who had been the active leader in career points moved on to new teams. In Philadelphia, Michael Carter-Williams was the 76ers active leader in career points scored, but he was dealt to the Milwaukee Bucks. In Phoenix, Goran Dragic was the Suns active leader in career points scored, ranking 20th on the Suns list, but he was traded to Miami.
There are currently six players on NBA rosters who are their team’s career leader in points (more on that in a moment). In addition, on 15 of the 30 NBA teams, their active career leader in points scored currently ranks in the Top 10 of the franchise’s career points scored. Here’s a look at each of the 30 NBA franchises and which current player on their roster ranks highest in career points scored and where he ranks on the list.
Player, franchise, rank on the team’s career points list
LeBron James (Cleveland-#1)
Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas-#1)
Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers-#1)
Dwyane Wade (Miami-#1)
Tim Duncan (San Antonio-#1)
Kevin Garnett (Minnesota-#1)
Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City-#2)
Lamarcus Aldridge (Portland-#2)
Anthony Davis (New Orleans-#3)
DeMar DeRozan (Toronto-#3)
Mike Conley (Memphis-#4)
Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers-#5)
Kirk Hinrich (Chicago-#8)
Brook Lopez (Brooklyn-#9)
Kemba Walker (Charlotte-#10)
Stephen Curry (Golden State-#12)
Roy Hibbert (Indiana=#12)
Ty Lawson (Denver-#15)
Al Horford (Atlanta-#17)
Carmelo Anthony (N.Y. Knicks-#17)
Nikola Vucevic (Orlando-#17)
James Harden (Houston-#18)
Gordon Hayward (Utah-#18)
John Wall (Washington-#18)
Ersan Ilyasova (Milwaukee-#22)
DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento-#22)
Greg Monroe (Detroit-#30)
Markieff Morris (Phoenix-#40)
Brandon Bass (Boston-#45)
Tony Wroten (Philadelphia-#87)
So, did you get the six correct? It was a little bit of a trick question… until the recent trade deadline, there were only five players on NBA rosters who were their team’s all-time leading scorer. That changed when Kevin Garnett was traded back to the Minnesota Timberwolves where he was/is their leading career scorer. If you got all six correct, including Garnett, you win the prize.
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