List of NBA Players Who Scored the Most Points in the 70s

Last Modified Jul 17, 2023 13:12 GMT
70's Lakers Team In Dug Out
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The 1970s era was the period when the NBA was stuck in a media mess. The NBA players were named as the characters of the Barry White songbook, “Except for One”. At that time, the league was guided by some of the outstanding players of the NBA including Jamaal Wilkes, Pete Maravich, Earl Monroe, George Gervin, and Julius Erving. Moreover, all these players played under Darryl Dawkins, nicknamed “Chocolate Thunder”.


The Boston Celtics team had an impressive performance between the period of the late ’50s and ’60s. This team set a new record for participating in 11 NBA championships over 13 years. It was a golden period for the NBA as the hard work of NBA teams and dedication to sports helped develop the NBA.


During this era, the NBA team helped to develop confidence in those players who cannot play at high levels. They encouraged them to go to the city schoolyard jungles and practice basketball. It helped the players to develop confidence and play at the national level basketball championships in the future.


In the mid ’70s, the NBA was having a rocking performance with the presence of talented players such as Abdul-Jabar, John Havelick and Rick Barry. In addition to this, the NBA had hardworking players like Wes Unseld, Dave Cowens and Willis Reed.


Along with an impressive performance in the decade, the NBA faced a downfall in 1978 and 1979. The league faced the uneven usage of cocaine, poor imaging and non-televised games. Moreover, the NBA Finals of 1978 and 1979 were also delayed.


From a basketball fan's perspective, this time of downfall didn’t have much effect on the league. Overall, the practice sessions of young players in the schoolyards at that time played a vital role in the league’s continuous success.


Let’s look at some of the shining stars of the 70s and the total games and points they averaged during this period.


NamesGames PlayedAveragePoints
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar77328.622,141
Elvin Hayes81523.218,922
John Havlicek71921.915,747
Pete Maravich61525.015,359
Gail Goodrich72920.214,692
Bob Lanier64422.814,686
Bob Dandridge76019.014,465
Bob McAdoo52527.414,405
Lou Hudson68320.714,125
Calvin Murphy72219.013,692
Jo Jo White74618.213,546
Walt Frazier66820.213,502
Earl Monroe71318.313,020
Dave Bing66519.212,784
Bob Love 60221.112,705
Rick Barry56422.512,695
Spencer Haywood57022.012,534
Nate Archibald53623.012,351
Dave Cowens66018.612,252
Randy Smith65018.712,143
Sidney Wicks64018.711,974
Rudy Tomjanovich65418.211,900
Dick Van Arsdale60517.210,382
Tom Van Arsdale61716.710,331
Jimmy Walker54818.510,137

FAQs

A. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 22,141 points during the 70’s which is the highest among all players.

A. The 1980s era was the best period in NBA history as it had the most talented players.

A. The time between the ’80s and ’90s is the Golden Era of basketball.

A. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the best player during the 1970s.

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