To sustain a scoring average for an entire season signifies that the player has hoards of bucket-getting talents. The players on this list kept doing that for several years against opponents younger, springier and better conditioned than themselves, and it is for that reason that all of the players on this list are first-ballot Hall of Famers and deservedly so.
We've already brought to you a consolidated list of the greatest all-time top scorers in NBA regular season play, but what we take a look about here is how well these same players fared in the playoffs. Read on to find out.
#10 Elvin Hayes
Regular season points tally: 27313
Playoff points tally: 2194
Hayes joined the NBA with the San Diego Rockets in 1968 and went on to lead the NBA in scoring with 28.4 points per game, averaged 17.1 rebounds per game, and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team. Hayes' scoring average is the fifth best all-time for a rookie (tied with Michael Jordan), and he remains the last rookie to lead the NBA in scoring average.
In an era when big men were coming into their own, getting polished by the day in college programs and finding their ways to get buckets from further away, Hayes' back-to-the-basket style of play changed tack over later years as he developed a solid touch from the low post and mid-post regions.
Unequivocally the greatest player in the Wizards' franchise history, Hayes will remain a staple on records relating to durability and volume scoring.