Ranking the top 10 scorers in the NBA
Top 10 scorers in the NBA
Basketball has never seen so many elite scorers so skilled and lethal from all areas of the floor.
Say what you want about the Michael Jordan era and the Shaquille O'Neal-Tim Duncan era dominated by big men, but basketball has never been played at such a high level.
So who are the best of the best? Who are the players NBA coaches have absolutely no answer for? Let's take a look at the top 10 scorers in the NBA right now.
10. Bradley Beal, Wizards
Beal isn't a flashy scorer, but he knows exactly which spots on the floor he can get open looks and he can knock them down at a high clip thanks to a beautiful shooting stroke.
If you aren't careful, you could blink and Beal will have 35.
9. Paul George, Clippers
George has a silky smooth game that's simply a pleasure to watch. When healthy, he can shovel buckets down his opponents' throats and make it look easy.
8. Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers
Not only can Lillard score from anywhere on the court at an elite level, he always comes up big in the clutch.
He's expanded his range and somehow gets better every year despite relying heavily on his jump shot.
7. Steph Curry, Warriors
The best and most prolific three-point shooter in the league deserves a spot in the top-10, no?
Curry strikes immediate terror into defenses the moment he crosses half court with the ball. He is truly one-of-a-kind.
6. Kyrie Irving, Nets
A maestro with the basketball, Irving might be the best ball-handler in NBA history.
Then there's his ability to make contested shots from all over the floor, whether it's a side-step three with a defender right on him or an impossible layup through two defenders.
Kyrie can do it all on the offensive end, but his small frame has limited him from entering the top tier of scorers.
5. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers
Kawhi doesn't do anything crazy to get buckets. He simply gets to his spot and knows exactly how much space he needs to get off a shot.
And when he does, it typically goes with a soft touch even though there's limited air under the ball.
With the mid-range dying in the NBA, Leonard still manages to kill defenses with pull-up jumpers.
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks
The lack of a jump shot hasn't stopped Antetokounmpo from wrecking opposing defenses in the paint.
His size, speed, length and ball-handling make it impossible for defenders to keep him in front even when they give up a couple feet to allow an open jumper.
3. LeBron James, Lakers
LeBron James is an unstoppable force who developed a reliable jump shot over the last four years. Especially the most important shot in modern-day basketball; the step-back three.
James is an all-time scorer who might be the last person you want to see in a playoff series, and it's not even his best basketball skill.
2. James Harden, Rockets
He may annoy everyone with his foul baiting and flopping, but there's no denying Harden is the most efficient scorer ever.
He only takes threes, layups and free throws and hits step-back threes enough to make it a viable signature move. Few players are an offensive system in and of themselves.
1. Kevin Durant, Nets
He may have missed the entirety of the 2019-20 season recovering from an Achilles injury, but until he proves us otherwise, Kevin Durant is the best scorer in the NBA.
He's a near seven-footer with a tight handle and a high-release jumper that's as pure as can be. There is quite literally nothing you can do to stop Durant when he gets going. You're left to just hope he misses.
Durant is the guy you create in NBA 2K to try and break the game.