NBA Top 20 Rookie Single-Season Scoring Leaders [1949 to 2020]

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In this video, I did a bar chart race about the players who scored the most points during their NBA rookie season, from season 1949-50 to 2019-20.

Here is the list of the current Top 20 rookies, who had the most prolific season in points. As a reminder, 3pts line appeared in NBA season 1979-80.

1: Wilt Chamberlain (2707 pts in 72 games)
2: Walt Bellamy (2495 pts in 79 games)
3: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2361 pts in 82 games)
4: Elvin Hayes (2327 pts in 82 games)
5: Michael Jordan (2313 pts in 82 games)
6: Oscar Robertson (2165 pts in 71 games)
7: David Thompson (2125 pts in 82 games, played 1 year in ABA before NBA rookie season)
8: Billy Knight (2075 pts in 78 games, played 2 years in ABA before NBA rookie season)
9: Rick Barry (2059 pts in 80 games)
10: Geoff Petrie (2031 pts in 82 games)
11: Sidney Wicks (2009 pts in 82 games)
12: Connie Hawkins (1995 pts in 81 games, played 2 years in ABA before NBA rookie season)
13: David Robinson (1993 pts in 82 games)
14: Earl Monroe (1991 pts in 82 games)
15: Walter Davis (1959 pts in 81 games)
16: Bernard King (1909 pts in 79 games)
17: George Gervin(1895 pts in 82 games, played 4 years in ABA before NBA rookie season)
18: Shaquille O’Neal (1893 pts in 81 games)
19: Pete Maravich (1880 pts in 81 games)
20: Ron Harper (1874 pts in 82 games)

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