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All-Time NBA Playoff Leaders

Here NBA fans can find lists of the top five scorers, rebounders, assist leaders, shot blockers, three-point shot makers, steals leaders and winningest coaches in NBA Playoff history.  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan and Shaquille O’Neal are all among the playoff leaders in points, rebounds and blocks.  Each list includes a link to an article that profiles the men leading that particular statistical category.

At a minimum, this page will be updated after each postseason and whenever there is movement on a list.

Last updated June 16, 2014

Top Five Scorers in NBA Playoff History

 

Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls goes in for the dunk

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Player Playoff Points Career
1. Michael Jordan 5,987 1984-1993, 1995-1998 and 2001-2003
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 5,762 1969-1989
3. Kobe Bryant 5,640 1996-Present
4. Shaquille O’Neal 5,250 1992-2011
5. Tim Duncan 4,988 1997-Present

Click here for profiles of four of the Top Five Scorers in NBA Playoff History.

 

Top Five Rebounders in NBA Playoff History

 

Player Playoff Rebounds Career
1. Bill Russell 4,104 1956-1969
2. Wilt Chamberlain 3,913 1959-1973
3. Tim Duncan 2,732 1997-Present
4. Shaquille O’Neal 2,508 1992-2011
5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 2,481 1969-1989

Click here for profiles of the Top Five Rebounders in NBA Playoff History.

 

Top Five Assist Leaders in NBA Playoff History

 

Magic Johnson of the Lakers and Larry Bird of the Celtics battle for a rebound

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Player Playoff Assists Career
1. Magic Johnson 2,346 1979-1991 and 1996
2. John Stockton 1,839 1984-2003
3. Jason Kidd 1,263 1994-2013
4. Larry Bird 1,062 1979-1992
5. Steve Nash 1,061 1996-Present

Click here for profiles of the Top Five Assist Leaders in NBA Playoff History.

 

Top Five Shot Blockers in NBA Playoff History

 

Player Playoff Blocks Career
1. Tim Duncan 545 1997-Present
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 476 1969-1989
3. Hakeem Olajuwon 472 1984-2002
4. Shaquille O’Neal 459 1992-2011
5. David Robinson 312 1989-2003

Click here for profiles of the Top Five Shot Blockers in NBA Playoff History.

 

Top Five Three-Point Shot Makers in NBA Playoff History

 

Player Playoff Three-Pointers Made Career
1. Ray Allen 385 1996-Present
2. Reggie Miller 320 1987-2005
3. Kobe Bryant 292 1996-Present
3. Manu Ginobili 292 2002-Present
5. Derek Fisher 285 1996-2014

Click here for profiles of three of the Top Five Three-Point Shot Makers in NBA Playoff History.

 

Top Five Steals Leaders in NBA Playoff History

 

Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls

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Player Playoff Steals Career
1. Scottie Pippen 395 1987-2004
2. Michael Jordan 376 1984-1993, 1995-1998 and 2001-2003
3. Magic Johnson 358 1979-1991 and 1996
4. John Stockton 338 1984-2003
5. Kobe Bryant 310 1996-Present

Click here for profiles of four of the Top Five Steals Leaders in NBA Playoff History.

 

Top Five Winningest Coaches in NBA Playoff History

 

Coach Playoff Wins Career
1. Phil Jackson 229 1989-1998, 1999-2004 and 2006-2011
2. Pat Riley 171 1981-1990, 1991-2003 and 2005-2008
3. Gregg Popovich 149 1996-Present
4. Larry Brown 100 1976-1979, 1981-1983, 1988-2006 and 2008-2010
5. Red Auerbach 99 1949-1966

Click here for profiles of the Top Five Winningest Coaches in NBA Playoff History.

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2 comments

  1. dj tony

    this helps to solidify Kobe’s position as arguably the top player in history , due to him being in the top tier of almost all necessary categories….and still ticking.

  2. mig

    dj tony… if you think that 3 of those categories means “almost all categories” then i guess. and what does “necessary” mean? rebound stats aren’t necessary? block stats aren’t necessary? how are you using “necessary” here? if you want to really hear something interesting how bout this? kobe bryant has played 17 years in the league and has scored 5,640 points in playoffs. meanwhile michael jordan only played roughly 14 years in the league and managed to score 13 points shy of 6,000 point total in playoff history. now that is something.

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