NBA All-Time Top 10: Points Per Game
- Michael Jordan - 30.3
- Wilt Chamberlain - 30.1
- Shaquille O'Neal - 27.5
- Elgin Baylor - 27.4
- Jerry West - 27.0
- Allen Iverson - 27.0
- Bob Pettit - 26.4
- George Gervin - 26.2
- Oscar Robertson - 25.7
- Karl Malone - 25.4
The ultimate objective of basketball, like most team sports, is to outscore your opponent. In basketball, players score points by throwing the ball through the basket, an act known as shooting. Different points are awarded to players based on where they are when they shoot the ball. Here is a breakdown of scoring:
- 3 points - Awarded to players who successfully shoot the ball through the hoop from behind the three-point line.
- 2 points - Awarded to players who successfully shoot the ball through the hoop from anywhere inside the three-point line. This can be done by shooting a jump shot, laying the ball into the rim, or slamming the ball through the hoop.
- 1 point - When players are fouled, they get free attempts to shoot the ball, which are called foul shots. A player is given one point for every successful foul shot.
When a player is shooting a foul shot, the remaining nine players on the court must stand in designated locations. They can stand in the blocks along the sides of the free-throw lane or back behind the free-throw shooter. The team whose player is not shooting free throws must be allowed to stand closest to the rim during the shot.