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Doubling Down on Dr. J

Dr. J was one of two players that scored 10,000 points in both the NBA and the ABA.

Doubling Down on Dr. J

Julius Erving was one of only two players that scored 10,000 or more points in both NBA and ABA. (F. Carter Smith/AP file photo)
Julius Erving was one of only two players that scored 10,000 or more points in both NBA and ABA. (F. Carter Smith/AP file photo)

The Dr. J documentary (which debuted Monday night on NBATV) had people asking for a Dr. J BoopStat ... So, here you go ... 

Julius Erving was one of only two players that scored 10,000 or more points in both NBA and ABA. Below are the 12 players that amassed scoring totals in five figures in the ABA along with their NBA career totals.

By the way, 320 players have scored 10,000 or more points in the NBA's history.

   ABA  NBA
 Player  Yrs.    GP  Pts.  Yrs.    GP  Pts.
 Louie Dampier  9  728    13726      3  232    1553  
 Dan Issel  6  500  12823    9  718  14659
 Ron Boone  8  662  12153    5  379    5284
 Mel Daniels  8  628  11739    1    11       39
 Julius Erving  5  407  11662  11  836    18364
 Freddie Lewis  9  686  11660    2    64      373
 Donnie Freeman    8  584  11544    1    64      689
 Mack Calvin  7  533  10620    4  222    1552
 Stew Johnson  9  647  10538    0      0         0
 Roger Brown  8  605  10498    0      0         0
 Jimmy Jones  7  546  10465    3  140      901
 Steve Jones  8  640  10258    1    64      414
About this blog

Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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Bob Vetrone Jr.
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