Arguably the greatest of all time, Michael Jordan opens up the top five with 32,292 points. He spent 13 years with the Chicago Bulls, winning six championships and six Finals MVPs. Within that, he took a year and a half away from the sport and signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox. After he returned to the Bulls in 1995, he spent another three years with the franchise before announcing his retirement for a second time. However, he ended up playing a further two seasons with the Washington Wizards, where he added 3,015 points to his career total.
The star posted his career high in 1990 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, scoring 69 points on 37 attempts. His 37.1 points per game in 1986/87 is the most of any player not named Wilt Chamberlain.
Jordan’s 15-year career was full of success, with his overall accolades making him the most decorated player ever. In addition to his six championships and Finals MVPs, he also won five regular season MVP awards and was a 14-time all-star. In addition to his Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards, he was also the league’s leading scorer in 10 different seasons, which is an all-time record.
His final retirement came in 2003, at age 40. His stats had declined considerably, but he was able to record 22.9 and 20 points per game during his last two years with the Wizards. Despite his best years being behind him, he was still playing significant minutes, averaging 37 per game in the 02/03 season.