The NBA Scoring Title does not automatically go to the player who ends the season with the highest total points scored. Granted, that player could win the award, but the scoring title is presented to the player with the highest points per game average.
Michael Jordan has the most NBA Scoring Titles with 10. Jordan shares the most consecutive scoring titles record with Wilt Chamberlain with seven. George Gervin, Allen Iverson and Kevin Durant each have four NBA Scoring Titles to their names. James Harden, George Mikan, Neil Johnston and Bob McAdoo have three NBA Scoring Titles. Meanwhile, Paul Arizin, Bob Pettit, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Tracy McGrady, Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry are all two-time NBA Scoring Title winners.
Of the six players in the running for the 2022 NBA Scoring Title, only one, LeBron James, has won the award previously. James averaged 30.0 points per game as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2008 season.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo is a two-time winner of the NBA MVP award and the reigning NBA Finals MVP following his team’s win in the 2021 NBA Finals. The Milwaukee Bucks superstar, who has been in the NBA since 2014, is also a six-time All Star. Antetokounmpo has also taken how NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2020) and Most Improved Player (2017). The one award Antetokounmpo has not claimed is the scoring title. That could change in 2022.
Antetokounmpo is currently No. 2 in points per game in the NBA with 29.4, which is shy of his career high of the 29.5 he scored in 2020 when James Harden won the scoring title with 34.3 points per game.
Joel Embiid is having a great season. The current favorite to win the 2022 NBA MVP, Embiid is an enormous reason why the Philadelphia 76ers are in third place in the Eastern Conference.
Embiid, who joined the NBA in 2017, is a five-time All Star. He is currently the No. 1 player in points per game in the NBA with 29.6. If Embiid stays on the scoring pace he has set, he will top his career high of 28.5 points per game from last season.
If Embiid wins the scoring title, he will be the first center to do so since Shaquille O’Neal won in 2000.
The 2021-22 NBA season has not been good for the Los Angeles Lakers. With 58 games played this year, the Lakers are 27-31 and in danger of not making the 2022 NBA Playoffs.
If there is a bright spot for the Lakers, it is that 37-year-old LeBron James is having his best points per game scoring since 2010 when he put up 29.7 points per game while playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. James is currently averaging 29.1 points per game, which is good enough for third in the NBA.
If the Lakers are to make the playoffs, James might need to up his scoring as the clubs No. 2 scorer, Anthony Davis, is expected to miss at least four weeks with a foot injury.
This is a difficult pick to make. Giannis Antetokounmpo will be relied on by the Bucks to keep scoring at the pace he has been. Joel Embiid is going to get some help from James Harden, so his points per game average could drop. Meanwhile. LeBron James will have the pressure to help make up for the points the Lakers are losing with Anthony Davis on the bench.
I’m unsure how much the 37-year-old James has in the tank. With that, the pick is the 27-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo to claim the 2022 NBA Scoring Title.
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