NBA League Scoring Averages (1946-47 through 2011-12)


Sometimes a whole bunch of stats tells one simple story. In this case, the evolution, then de-evolution, of offense in the NBA.

Back in the 1980’s, when I first started watching the game, everybody scored 100 points or more pretty much. Often, both teams in a single contest broke the 100-point barrier.

This offensive explosion began at the tail end of the 1950’s, reached its heights in the 1960’s, settled down a bit in the 1970’s and came back some in the 1980’s through the 1994-95 season.

Since then, average NBA league scoring has hovered mostly below 100 points.

2011-12 NBA 96.3
2010-11 NBA 99.6
2009-10 NBA 100.4
2008-09 NBA 100.0
2007-08 NBA 99.9
2006-07 NBA 98.7
2005-06 NBA 97.0
2004-05 NBA 97.2
2003-04 NBA 93.4
2002-03 NBA 95.1
2001-02 NBA 95.5
2000-01 NBA 94.8
1999-00 NBA 97.5
1998-99 NBA 91.6
1997-98 NBA 95.6
1996-97 NBA 96.9
1995-96 NBA

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