The oldest players to lead the NBA in scoring

The oldest players to lead the NBA in scoring

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The oldest players to lead the NBA in scoring

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Each year in the NBA, we have a scoring leader and it typically leans towards younger players, still in the midst of their physical primes.

Only five players on the wrong side of 30 have led the league in scoring historically. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but Michael Jordan is currently the oldest player to have led the NBA in scoring when he accomplished just that in his final season with the Chicago Bulls, in 1997-98, when he put up 28.7 points per game as a 35-year-old.

In fact, Jordan led the league in scoring every year of Chicago’s second three-peat between 1996 and 1998.

However, LeBron James could easily crush that record if he keeps having 50-point nights like the one vs. the Wizards at age 37, as James currently leads the NBA in scoring as things stand.

And look out for Kevin Durant as he’s back in full force leading the Brooklyn Nets and could also get very high up on the list.

Players’ ages set as of April 30.

1
Michael Jordan (35 years and 72 days)

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Season: 1997-98
Stats: 28.7 ppg on 46.5 FG%, 23.8 3P% and 78.4 FT%

2
Michael Jordan (34 years and 72 days)

(AP Photo/Michael S. Green)

Season: 1996-97
Stats: 29.6 ppg on 48.6 FG%, 37.4 3P% and 83.3 FT%

3
Michael Jordan (33 years and 72 days)

(AP Photo/John Zich)

Season: 1995-96
Stats: 30.4 ppg on 49.5 FG%, 42.7 3P% and 83.4 FT%

4
Stephen Curry (33 years and 47 days)

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Season: 2020-21
Stats: 32.0 ppg on 48.2 FG%, 42.1 3P% and 91.6 FT%

5
Jerry West (31 years and 337 days)

(George Long/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)

Season: 1969-70
Stats: 31.2 ppg on 49.7 FG% and 82.4 FT%

6
James Harden (30 years and 247 days)

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Season: 2019-20
Stats: 34.3 ppg on 44.4 FG%, 35.5 3P% and 86.5 FT%

7
Michael Jordan (30 years and 72 days)

(AP Photo/Curtis Compton)

Season: 1992-93
Stats: 32.6 ppg on 49.5 FG%, 35.2 3P% and 83.7 FT%

8
George Gervin (30 years and three days)

George Gervin

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Season: 1981-82
Stats: 32.3 ppg on 50.0 FG%, 27.8 3P% and 86.4 FT%

9
Allen Iverson (29 years and 328 days)

Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers

(Harry How/Getty Images)

Season: 2004-05
Stats: 30.7 ppg on 42.4 FG%, 30.8 3P% and 83.5 FT%

10
Pete Maravich (29 years and 313 days)

(Photo by Tony Triolo/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)

Season: 1976-77
Stats: 31.1 ppg on 43.3 FG% and 83.5 FT%

11
Wilt Chamberlain (29 years and 252 days)

Wilt chamberlain, Philadelphia 76ers

(Photo by Ken Regan/ NBAE/ Getty Images)

Season: 1965-66
Stats: 33.5 ppg on 54.0 FG% and 51.3 FT%

12
James Harden (29 years and 247 days)

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Season: 2018-19
Stats: 36.1 ppg on 44.2 FG%, 36.8 3P% and 87.9 FT%

13
George Yardley (29 years and 178 days)

George Yardley

(AP Photo)

Season: 1957-58
Stats: 27.8 ppg on 41.4 FG% and 81.1 FT%

14
Alex English (29 years and 115 days)

Alex English

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Season: 1982-83
Stats: 28.4 ppg on 51.6 FG%, 16.7 3P% and 82.9 FT%

15
Michael Jordan (29 years and 72 days)

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Season: 1991-92
Stats: 30.1 ppg on 51.9 FG%, 27.0 3P% and 83.2 FT%

16
Paul Arizin (29 years and 21 days)

Paul Arizin

(AP Photo/Paul Vathis)

Season: 1956-57
Stats: 25.6 ppg on 42.2 FG% and 82.9 FT%

17
Carmelo Anthony (28 years and 336 days)

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Season: 2012-13
Stats: 28.7 ppg on 44.9 FG%, 37.9 3P% and 83.0 FT%

18
David Robinson (28 years and 267 days)

(AP Photo/ Joe Holloway Jr.)

Season: 1993-94
Stats: 29.8 ppg on 50.7 FG%, 34.5 3P% and 74.9 FT%

19
Wilt Chamberlain (28 years and 252 days)

(Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)

Season: 1964-65
Stats: 34.7 ppg on 51.0 FG% and 46.4 FT%

20
Kobe Bryant (28 years and 250 days)

Kobe Bryant

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Season: 2006-07
Stats: 31.6 ppg on 46.3 FG%, 34.4 3P% and 86.8 FT%

21
James Harden (28 years and 247 days)

James Harden

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Season: 2017-18
Stats: 30.4 ppg on 44.9 FG%, 36.7 3P% and 85.8 FT%

22
Russell Westbrook (28 years and 169 days)

Russell Westbrook

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Season: 2016-17
Stats: 31.6 ppg on 42.5 FG%, 34.3 3P% and 84.5 FT%

23
Bernard King (28 years and 147 days)

(Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)

Season: 1984-85
Stats: 32.9 ppg on 53.0 FG%, 10.0 3P% and 77.2 FT%

24
Michael Jordan (28 years and 72 days)

Michael Jordan

(AP Photo/George Widman)

Season: 1990-91
Stats: 31.5 ppg on 53.9 FG%, 31.2 3P% and 85.1 FT%

25
George Gervin (28 years and three days)

Season: 1979-80
Stats: 33.1 ppg on 52.8 FG%, 31.4 3P% and 85.2 FT%

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