One of the three newest franchises in the NBA, the Memphis Grizzlies were founded as the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1995. With such a limited history, the Memphis Grizzlies’ all-time leading scorers have fairly modest totals, with no player eclipsing the 10,000 point plateau with the team. The top five scorers in Grizzlies’ history include the team’s first All-Star and its current franchise player.
5. Bryant Reeves: 4,945 points
The first draft pick in team history, former starting center Bryant Reeves ranks fifth among the Memphis Grizzlies’ all-time leading scorers. Reeves had a strong start to his career, averaging 13.3 points per game as a rookie in 1995-96, then 16.2 with 8.1 rebounds per game in his second season. He scored more than 1,000 points in each of his first three seasons. He retired after the 2000-01 season, posting career averages of 12.5 points and 6.9 rebounds on a .475 field goal percentage in six NBA seasons.
4. Mike Miller: 5,403 points
One of the NBA’s best shooters for the last decade, swingman Mike Miller ranks fourth on the Memphis Grizzlies’ all-time leading scorers list. Miller played his best seasons in a Grizzlies’ uniform, averaging a combined 14.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game from 2003 to 2008. Miller was the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 2001 with Orlando, and in 2006 he became the Sixth Man of the Year in Memphis. He has drained 1,255 threes on a .405 percentage for his career, both of which rank in the NBA’s all-time top 30. In 2006-07, Miller gave the Grizzlies his career year with 18.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 2.9 threes per game.
3. Rudy Gay: 5,538 points*
The current star of the franchise, swingman Rudy Gay is up to third and rising on the list of Memphis Grizzlies’ all-time leading scorers. The 2007 first round pick out of UConn was an All-Rookie for the Grizzlies. A terrific athlete, Gay developed into their marquee player in his sophomore season with 20.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. For the last three seasons, he has totaled 4,692 points for an average of 19.6 per game. Entering the 2010-11 campaign, Gay has signed a five year max contract to remain in Memphis, putting him on track to eventually become the team’s all-time points leader.
2. Shareef Abdur-Rahim: 7,801 points
Shareef Abdur-Rahim was the first star player for the Vancouver Grizzlies and he ranks second on the Grizzlies’ all-time leading scorers list. Taken with the third pick of the 1996 NBA Draft, Abdur-Rahim became an instant number one scoring option for the Grizzlies, averaging 18.7 points per game as a rookie. He followed it with four straight seasons of more than 20 points per game, including a double-double average of 20.3 points and 10.1 rebounds in 1999-00. In 12 NBA seasons, Abdur-Rahim totaled 15,028 points and made one All-Star team.
1. Pau Gasol: 8,966 points
The Memphis Grizzlies’ all-time leading scorer is three-time All-Star Pau Gasol. Gasol earned the 2002 NBA Rookie of the Year Award with 17.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game. He never scored fewer than 17 per game in any of his six seasons in Memphis. In 2006, Gasol became the Grizzlies’ first ever NBA All-Star when he averaged more than 20 points per game for the first time of his career. Along with points, Gasol is also the franchise leader in rebounds and blocks. Now with the Lakers, Gasol has added two more All-Star appearances and a pair of championship rings in LA.
* Indicates the player is active with the team.
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