LeBron James and Kevin Durant are currently leading the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder into what should be deep playoff runs. While the outcome of the 2013-14 NBA playoffs are still yet to be determined, there is one thing basketball fans already know for sure:
Kevin Durant and LeBron James are among the highest scorers in NBA playoff history.
With data taken from basketball-reference.com, here are the top five playoff scoring leaders in postseason history (current through 05/04/2014):
1) Michael Jordan – 33.5 PPG
A six-time champion and arguably the best player in NBA history, Michael Jordan has the highest scoring average in playoff history. Nobody can forget his 63 points against the Boston Celtics in 1986. The Boston game was one of eight 50-plus point playoff games in MJ’s illustrious career.
2) Allen Iverson – 29.7 PPG
Who is the second leading scorer in NBA playoff history? The answer is The Answer. While Allen Iverson scored nearly 30 points per game in 71 career postseason contests, he shot just 40.1% from the field, making him the poster child for high volume scoring. Iverson torched the Toronto Raptors in the 2001 playoffs, scoring 54 and 52 points in two games in the series.
3) Jerry West – 29.1 PPG
Mr. Clutch lived up to his nickname in the playoffs. Jerry West’s most incredible postseason scoring spree took place in the 1964-65 season when he averaged an incredible 40.6 points over 11 playoff games.
4) Kevin Durant – 28.8 PPG
KD led all playoff scorers in 2010-11 (28.6 PPG) and in 2012-13 (30.8 PPG). Durant has been more of a consistent scorer during his postseason career than dropping huge single game scoring numbers, with his best playoff output being “just” 41 points, which he has done three times.
5) LeBron James – 28.1 PPG
King James has been an absolutely dominant scorer in the postseason, averaging 28.1 points on 47.4% shooting. While his two NBA titles thus far were won with the Miami Heat, it was during his time as a Cleveland Cavalier when LeBron had most of his highest scoring games. He has eclipsed the 40 point mark 11 times in the playoffs, and in nine of those games he was wearing a Cavs jersey. While he scored more with Cleveland, I’m sure LeBron would gladly trade those points for more Miami titles in a heartbeat.