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NBA Finals 2019: Who are the top 10 players in total points and career points average in the Finals?

Jerry West, Rick Barry, and Kevin Durant
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Total career points is all about volume numbers.

So, naturally, players with multiple (minimum six Finals) appearances dominate the charts for the most career points in the Finals.

Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest player of all-time, is the only player in the top 10 to have appeared in less than eight Finals and in less than 44 Finals games.

Here are the top 10 players for career points in the Finals:

Player Finals appearance Finals' games Career points
#1 Jerry West 9 55 1679
#2 LeBron James 9 49 1383
#3 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 10 56 1317
#4 Michael Jordan 6 35 1176
#5 Elgin Baylor 8 44 1161
#6 Bill Russell 12 70 1151
#7 Sam Jones 11 64 1143
#8 Tom Heinsohn 9 52 1037
#9 John Havlicek 8 47 1018
#10 Magic Johnson 9 50 971

Only three players crossing over from the Finals career points to highest Finals' scoring average clearly signifies the difference between volume and averages.

Following are the top 10 players for highest career scoring average in the NBA Finals (min. 10 games):

Players Finals appearances Finals game Finals' scoring average
#1 Rick Barry 2 10 36.30
#2 Michael Jordan 6 35 33.60
#3 Kevin Durant 3 14 31.71
#4 Jerry West 9 55 30.53
#5 Shaquille O'Neal 6 30 28.83
#6 Bob Petit 4 25 28.36
#7 LeBron James 9 49 28.22
#8 Kyrie Irving 3 13 27.69
#9 Hakeem Olajuwon 3 17 27.47
#10 Elgin Baylor 8 44 26.39

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