Early in the Miami Heat’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, Dwyane Wade moved from 48th to 47th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list:
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) December 15, 2015
The shot moves Wade past Eddie Johnson, who scored the majority of his career points in the eighties for the Kansas City/Sacramento Kings, and also the Phoenix Suns.
Odds are that this is not the last time that Wade makes another move up the all-time scoring list this season. Wade is currently averaging 18.5 points per game on the season, and would score about 1,100 points if he maintained that average and played in every remaining game this season. Assuming he scores at that rate, Wade would end the year at 39th on the all-time scoring list after this season, passing Bob Lanier, Terry Cummings, Walter Davis, Clifford Robinson, Bernard King, John Stockton, Antawn Jamison, and Tom Chambers.
If Wade maintains his same excellent level of play for the 2016-17 season, he would also be likely to pass Mitch Richmond, George Gervin, David Robinson, and Bob Pettit and land somewhere in the mid-30’s.
With a career average of 23.9 points per game, Wade is actually 19th-all-time in scoring average, just ahead of Shaquille O’Neal and Rick Barry. However, appearing in an average of 65 games per regular season throughout his career has limited Wade’s ability to rise as high on the cumulative scoring chart.