10 Highest Scoring PG's in NBA history
The evolution of the position was possible because these players decided to add scoring points to their job description.
Over the last decade, the game has seen a lot of changes. It has moved from a period where point guards used to be at an average height of 5 foot 8 to an average right now which is above 6 feet. A decade back they were considered ball handlers, playmakers, assisting the taller players in scoring, creating space, opportunity and being a defensive liability.
In the current period, we see point guards running circles on other players, leading the scoring, taking on offensive rebounding responsibility and closing down fast breaks. Nowadays, point guards below 6 feet are not picked by teams because they are considered defensive liabilities.
In the 1950's, the revolution of the point guard position started with the development of driving to the basket and taking unmarked perimeter shots. A few years later, came the Pick-and-Roll offensive, which is very common nowadays. In the 90's a good perimeter shooter and a forward were the keys to a successive pick-and-roll. In the current timeline, we find point guards scoring from all corners of the court, running the offense and splitting defenses.
Between the 90's and the first half of the 21st century, the evolution of the point guard position took place on a larger scale with plenty of on-court influences during this period.
Up ahead are 10 of the top scoring point guards to ever grace the NBA along with a few special mentions:
#10 David Bing (1966-78, Career Points- 18,327)
Dave Bing, known for his versatility, was the second pick for the Detroit Pistons in the 1966 NBA draft. He was known for his shooting and would score more than his teammates in most of the games, averaging more than 20+ points per game for the first seven seasons in Detroit. He was a seven-time All-Star during his twelve-year playing career and won the All-Star game MVP in 1976. He was named Rookie of the Year with the Pistons and just after that, in his second season, he became the league's scoring champion.
Bing's #21 is retired by the Pistons.
He moved to the Washington Bullets after 10 years with the Pistons and continued for two years between 1975-77. He finally moved to the Boston Celtics, where he played the last year of his career. He has scored a total of 18,327 points throughout his career and in 1990 was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Dave Bing is not only successful on the court, he also is successful off the court. He is a very successful entrepreneur and politician. He opened Bing Steel which moved from manufacturing to the middleman business with their first major client being GM Motors. He was a multiple award winner winning the National Minority Small Business Person of the Year in the 1984 and in 2009 won the National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award for his work in civil and human rights in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. He was the mayor of Detroit for one term between 2009-13. During his mayoral period, the city declared bankruptcy.