Do you know which NBA player has the all-time highest scoring average for a season? When people talk about unbreakable records, the record for the highest scoring average in a season in NBA history should be right at the top of the list.
As you will see, it’s almost impossible to even imagine a player ever breaking the record for the highest scoring average in a season. As a lifelong fan of the NBA, I have always been fascinated by scoring records and the highest scoring average for a season is just an incredible record.
Record for Highest Scoring Average for a Season is 50.36 Points by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962
The record for the highest scoring average for a single NBA season is 50.36 points per game, accomplished by Wilt Chamberlain during the 1962 season with the Philadelphia Warriors. Can anyone out there even imagine another NBA player ever averaging over 50 points per game for a season?
Here are some facts about Wilt Chamberlain’s amazing season in 1962, when he set the record for the highest single-season scoring average in NBA history.
Facts About Wilt Chamberlain’s 50.36 Points Per Game Season in 1962
In the NBA today, it’s big news when a player scores 50 or more points in a game. During the 1962 season, Wilt Chamberlain had 45 games were he scored 50 or more points.
Wilt Chamberlain had 15 games during the 1962 season when he scored 60 or more points in a game, and Wilt had three games when he scored over 70 points in a game that season.
There have only been 10 games in NBA history when a player scored 70 or more points. Wilt Chamberlain scored 70 or more points six times, and he is the only player to score 70 or more points in a game more than once.
On March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a game vs the New York Knicks. That is the most points ever scored by a player in a NBA game, and it is 19 more points than the second most points ever scored in a game by a player (Kobe Bryant had 81 in 2006).
The 50.36 points per game averaged by Wilt Chamberlain during the 1962 season is a full 12 points per game higher than any other player in NBA history not named Wilt Chamberlain has ever averaged for a season (Elgin Baylor averaged 38.3 points per game in 1962).
Michael Jordan, who has the highest career scoring average in NBA history at 30.12, which is just ahead of Wilt’s 30.07 career average, had his highest single season scoring average in 1987 at 37.09. That’s 13.27 points per game less than Wilt Chamberlain averaged in 1962.
In addition to averaging 50.36 points per game in 1962, Wilt Chamberlain averaged 44.83 points per game during the 1963 season. That is the second most points per game ever averaged for a season in NBA history. So not only is Wilt Chamberlain the only player to average over 50 points per game for a season, he is the only player to average over 40 points per game in a season too.
Wilt also averaged 38.39 points per game in 1961, and 37.60 points per game in 1960 as a rookie. Those two seasons are the third and fifth most points per game seasons in NBA history. So four of the top five scoring seasons in NBA history were accomplished by Wilt Chamberlain.