Luka Doncic is a big game away from overtaking Michael Jordan for the highest playoff scoring average of all time.
A really big game, but still.
After defeating the Jazz in the first round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs, Doncic has now played 16 postseason games in his career. His scoring average in those contests? 32.7 points, placing him behind only Jordan for the most in NBA history.
Now, Jordan averaged 33.4 points over 179 playoff games in his career — a much, much larger sample size — but the point remains: Doncic looks right at home on the NBA’s biggest stage and is rubbing shoulders with the greatest scorer we’ve ever seen.
With that in mind, here’s where Doncic stands on the all-time leaderboard heading into Game 1 against the Suns.
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Highest playoff scoring average in NBA history
Jordan is currently the only player in NBA history with a higher career scoring average than Doncic in the playoffs.
In the first postseason series of his career, Doncic averaged 31.0 points per game. He was even better in his second, averaging 35.7 points over a seven-game series with the Clippers.
Against the Jazz in the first round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs, Doncic averaged 29.0 points per game.
Doncic needed only 16 games to score 500 playoff points. That’s the fewest since — you guessed it — Jordan.
Luka Doncic has reached 500 playoff points in 16 career games, the fewest needed since Michael Jordan 📈
MJ did it in 14 games! pic.twitter.com/jPDD3vuHeH
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 29, 2022
The other active players in the top 15 all-time in postseason scoring average are Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Donovan Mitchell, Anthony Davis, Brandon Ingram, Devin Booker, Stephen Curry and Nikola Jokic.
James holds the record for most total points ever scored in the playoffs, followed by Jordan.
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* Ingram has appeared in only six playoff games to this point of his career
** Bates appeared in only six playoff games in his career