Michael Jordan holds the record for the most points scored by an NBA player in one playoff run with 759. He did it during the 1991-92 season and led the Chicago Bulls to the promised land with a 4-2 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA Finals. Due to Jordan’s dominance in the postseason, the Bulls were always in a prime position to win a title in NBA odds.
This Day In 1992. Game 1 of NBA Finals. Bulls vs. Blazers. Jordan hits six first half threes. Gives his famous shrug pic.twitter.com/8zS5RxqBiW
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 3, 2021
Next to Jordan on the list is LeBron James, who racked up 748 points during the 2017-18 season, when he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Like “Air Jordan,” “King James” was able to help his team reach the NBA Finals; however, they fell short of winning it all as the super team of Golden State Warriors comfortably swept them.
LeBron James has 348 points in 10 games in the 2018 #NBAPlayoffs. The last player with that many points through his first 10 games of one postseason was Michael Jordan in the 1992 playoffs (354 points). @EliasSports pic.twitter.com/pp4PSMxRM1
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) May 6, 2018
Sitting third on the list is Kawhi Leonard with 732 points when he suited up for the Toronto Raptors in 2019. In the offseason, Leonard was involved in a blockbuster trade, where San Antonio shipped him for DeMar DeRozan. This big risk by Toronto paid a huge dividend because “The Klaw” delivered the franchise’s first title since joining the league in 1995.
Rounding out the top five scorers in a single playoff run are Hakeem Olajuwon with 725 and Allen Iverson with 723. Both Olajuwon and Iverson were able to spearhead their team’s run to the NBA Finals, but they have contrasting results: “The Dream” led Houston to its second Larry O’Brien Trophy, while the Lakers defeated Iverson and the 76ers in five games.
Below is a table of the top 10 NBA players with the most points scored in one playoff run. Note that these numbers are as of the 2021-22 season.
NBA Players With Most Points Scored in One Playoff Run
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