The 2001-2002 NBA Scoring Title

Allen Iverson pic
Allen Iverson

A varsity athlete in high school, Maral Cavner also has more than a decade of experience riding horses. As a spectator, Maral Cavner enjoys watching basketball and is an especially avid fan of the Boston Celtics.

The Philadelphia 76er’s Allen Iverson averaged 31.4 points per game over the course of the 2001-2002 National Basketball Association (NBA) season, winning the third of his four NBA scoring titles. However, Iverson’s average reflected his offensive play over 78 of a possible 82 games. Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics played in all 82 games that year, averaging 40.3 minutes per game and 26.1 points.

Pierce finished the season with 2,144 points, far eclipsing Iverson’s 1,883 as well as Shaquille O’Neal’s 1,822 for the most total points in the league. Due to rule changes ahead of the 1968-1969 season, the scoring title was awarded to Iverson, who maintained a higher per-game average, while O’Neal was named runner up. Pierce enjoyed a number of year-end accolades that season, including his first appearance on the All-NBA team.