Some nuggets from our research:

- In the last decade, Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant are the only two players to lead the NBA in scoring in both preseason and regular season.

- Top 10 preseason scorers ended up being Top 10 regular season scorers only 44 percent of the times in the past 10 years.

LeBron James takes it easy in the preseason: He's been among the best 10 scorers only twice.

- Conversely, Carmelo Anthony has made the Top 10 list eight times since 2003 – more than any other player.

- No player has averaged more than 26 ppg in the preseason in the last 10 years. Best mark belongs to Amare Stoudemire – 25.7 ppg in 2010, right after signing with the New York Knicks.

- Not-so-illustrious names that made the Top 10 preseason scoring list: James Jones, Charlie Villanueva, Bostjan Nachbar, Kelenna Azubuike, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Anthony Morrow, Tyler Hansbrough and Glen Davis. None of them followed up with a Top 50 spot in the regular season scoring rankings.

2012-13

TOP PRESEASON SCORERS PRESEASON AVERAGE REGULAR SEASON AVERAGE REGULAR SEASON RANKING
1. Carmelo Anthony (New York) 20.4 28.7 1st
2. Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers) 20.4 27.3 3rd
3. JR Smith (New York) 20.0 18.1 17th
4. Amare Stoudemire (New York) 18.0 14.2 67th
5. David Lee (Golden State) 17.3 18.5 15th
6. Glen Davis (Orlando) 16.9 15.1 55th
7. Kevin Martin (Houston) 16.5 14.0 54th
8. Blake Griffin (LA Clippers) 16.4 18.0 19th
9. Brook Lopez (Brooklyn) 16.4 19.4 10th
10. Damian Lillard (Portland) 16.2 19.0 12th

2011-12

TOP PRESEASON SCORERS PRESEASON AVERAGE REGULAR SEASON AVERAGE REGULAR SEASON RANKING
1. LeBron James (Miami) 23.0 27.1 3rd
2. David Lee (Golden State) 23.0 20.1 12th
3. Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers) 22.0 27.9 2nd
4. Kevin Love (Minnesota) 21.5 26.0 4th
5. Tyler Hansbrough (Indiana) 21.5 9.3 104th
6. Blake Griffin (LA Clippers) 21.0 20.7 10th
7. Marcus Thornton (Sacramento) 21.0 18.7 26th
8. Ty Lawson (Denver) 21.0 16.4 31st
9. Andrew Bynum (LA Lakers) 20.5 18.7 20th
10. Carmelo Anthony (New York) 19.0 22.6 6th

2010-11

TOP PRESEASON SCORERS PRESEASON AVERAGE REGULAR SEASON AVERAGE REGULAR SEASON RANKING
1. Amare Stoudemire (New York) 25.7 25.3 5th
2. LeBron James (Miami) 24.2 26.7 2nd
3. Carmelo Anthony (Denver) 23.0 25.6 3rd
4. Monta Ellis (Golden State) 21.1 24.1 8th
5. Arron Afflalo (Denver) 20.4 12.6 98th
6. Brook Lopez (New Jersey) 20.3 20.4 17th
7. Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City) 18.3 27.7 1st
8. Kevin Love (Minnesota) 17.7 20.2 18th
9. Blake Griffin (LA Clippers) 17.3 22.5 12th
10. Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) 17.2 23.0 10th

2009-10

TOP PRESEASON SCORERS PRESEASON AVERAGE REGULAR SEASON AVERAGE REGULAR SEASON RANKING
1. Carmelo Anthony (Denver) 23.6 28.2 3rd
2. Anthony Morrow (Golden State) 22.0 13.0 95th
3. Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) 21.5 25.0 7th
4. Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City) 20.9 30.1 1st
5. Vince Carter (Orlando) 18.6 16.6 40th
6. Danny Granger (Indiana) 18.6 24.1 8th
7. Chris Douglas-Roberts (New Jersey) 18.0 9.8 158th
8. Corey Maggette (Golden State) 18.0 19.8 17th
9. Deron Williams (Utah) 17.5 18.7 24th
10. Amare Stoudemire (Phoenix) 16.4 23.1 10th

2008-09

TOP PRESEASON SCORERS PRESEASON AVERAGE REGULAR SEASON AVERAGE REGULAR SEASON RANKING
1. Rashard Lewis (Orlando) 21.1 17.7 ppg 34th
2. Dwight Howard (Orlando) 20.9 20.6 18th
3. Kevin Martin (Sacramento) 20.7 24.6 7th
4. Dwyane Wade (Miami) 19.2 30.2 1st
5. Nate Robinson (New York) 18.7 17.2 36th
6. Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City) 17.3 25.3 6th
7. Kelenna Azubuike (Golden State) 17.3 14.4 57th
8. David West (New Orleans) 17.0 21.0 15th
9. Rudy Gay (Memphis) 16.8 18.9 25th
10. Brandon Roy (Portland) 16.5 22.6 10th

2007-08

TOP PRESEASON SCORERS PRESEASON AVERAGE REGULAR SEASON AVERAGE REGULAR SEASON RANKING
1. Allen Iverson (Denver) 21.0 26.4 ppg 3rd
2. Gerald Wallace (Charlotte) 21.0 19.4 38th
3. Kevin Martin (Sacramento) 20.3 23.7 6th
4. Bostjan Nachbar (New Jersey) 19.8 9.8 111th
5. LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland) 19.5 17.8 41st
6. Carmelo Anthony (Denver) 19.0 25.7 4th
7. Kevin Durant (Seattle) 18.8 20.3 24th
8. Corey Maggette (LA Clippers) 18.7 22.1 11th
9. Paul Pierce (Boston) 18.4 19.6 30th
10. Jason Richardson (Charlotte) 18.2 21.8 12th

2006-07

TOP PRESEASON SCORERS PRESEASON AVERAGE REGULAR SEASON AVERAGE REGULAR SEASON RANKING
1. Zach Randolph (Portland) 23.5 23.6 12th
2. Baron Davis (Golden State) 23.2 20.1 25th
3. Carmelo Anthony (Denver) 21.0 28.9 2nd
4. Joe Johnson (Atlanta) 20.7 25.0 9th
5. Dwyane Wade (Miami) 18.2 27.4 4th
6. Dwight Howard (Orlando) 17.8 17.6 33rd
7. Vince Carter (New Jersey) 17.7 25.2 8th
8. Richard Jefferson (New Jersey) 17.6 16.3 63rd
9. Leandro Barbosa (Phoenix) 17.3 18.1 31st
10. Michael Redd (Milwaukee) 17.3 26.7 5th

2005-06

TOP PRESEASON SCORERS PRESEASON AVERAGE REGULAR SEASON AVERAGE REGULAR SEASON RANKING
1. Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers) 22.2 35.4 1st
2. Carmelo Anthony (Denver) 20.6 26.5 8th
3. Al Harrington (Atlanta) 19.6 18.6 30th
4. Ray Allen (Seattle) 19.0 25.1 10th
5. Shawn Marion (Phoenix) 18.4 21.8 15th
6. Dwyane Wade (Miami) 18.0 27.2 5th
7. Michael Redd (Milwaukee) 17.7 25.4 9th
8. Charlie Villanueva (Toronto) 16.9 13.0 66th
9. James Jones (Phoenix) 16.6 9.3 107th
10. Paul Pierce (Boston) 16.6 26.8 6th

2004-05

TOP PRESEASON SCORERS PRESEASON AVERAGE REGULAR SEASON AVERAGE REGULAR SEASON RANKING
1. Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers) 20.1 27.6 ppg 2nd
2. Antoine Walker (Atlanta) 19.5 19.1 24th
3. Tim Duncan (San Antonio) 18.7 20.3 25th
4. Allen Iverson (Philadelphia) 18.4 30.7 1st
5. Steve Francis (Orlando) 18.1 21.3 18th
6. Amare Stoudemire (Phoenix) 18.0 26.0 5th
7. Dwyane Wade (Miami) 17.1 24.1 9th
8. Kevin Garnett (Minnesota) 17.0 22.2 13th
9. Zach Randolph (Portland) 16.9 18.9 35th
10. Jason Richardson (Golden State) 16.7 21.7 15th

2003-04

TOP PRESEASON SCORERS PRESEASON AVERAGE REGULAR SEASON AVERAGE REGULAR SEASON RANKING
1. Kevin Garnett (Minnesota) 20.5 24.2 2nd
2. Michael Redd (Milwaukee) 19.4 21.7 10th
3. Baron Davis (New Orleans) 18.9 22.9 6th
4. Rashard Lewis (Seattle) 18.9 17.8 26th
5. Zach Randolph (Portland) 18.5 20.1 16th
6. Vince Carter (Toronto) 18.3 22.5 7th
7. Steve Francis (Houston) 17.7 16.6 38th
8. Jamal Crawford (Chicago) 17.6 17.3 30th
9. Carmelo Anthony (Denver) 17.4 21.0 12th
10. Joe Johnson (Phoenix) 17.4 16.7 37th