NBA Players With Most Points Scored in One Playoff Run

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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Apr 12, 2023, 8:36 PM

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.

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.

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

RankPlayerTotal PointsSeason
1Michael Jordan7591991-92
2LeBron James7482017-18
3Kawhi Leonard7322018-19
4Hakeem Olajuwon7251994-95
5Allen Iverson7232000-01
6Shaquille O’Neal7071999-00
7LeBron James6972011-12
8Kobe Bryant6952008-09
9Michael Jordan6801997-98
10Kobe Bryant6712009-10

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Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.

Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.