Kobe Bryant, of the Los Angeles Lakers, added another statistic to his already impressive resume, which includes 5-time NBA Champion, 2-time NBA Finals MVP, 14-time NBA All Star, 4-time NBA All Star MVP, 2-time NBA Scoring Champion, etc.
This week the Black Mamba moved to the number 5 spot as the All-time NBA Leading Scorer, passing former teammate Shaquille O’Neal, with a total of 28,601 points, averaging 25.36 per game.
The closest active player behind him is #19 Kevin Garnett with 23,659.
And those who are still ahead of him? Those would be the All Stars in the 30,000 Club:
1) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387 – 24.61 per game
2) Karl Malone 36,928 – 25.02
3) Michael Jordan 32,292 – 30.12
4) Wilt Chamberlain 31,419 – 30.07
Based on his career average, it will take Kobe 111 games to catch Wilt.
If he is able to keep that per game average going, and he is currently performing above that level in this shortened 66-game year, Kobe will move to number 4 in the latter part of the 2012-13 season, not counting any games during the play-offs.
And then sometime in first 23 games of the following season, again not counting post-season, he would pass Michael Jordan.
All of which means that with a substantial number of post-season appearances, Kobe would surpass both Wilt and MJ next season.
The path to achieve #2 and passing Karl Malone seems a bit more daunting as the 4,636 point spread between #2 and #3 would take him into the 2016-2017 season (not counting any post-season games). Not impossible, but certainly a long ways off.
Congratulations to Kobe on his latest achievement.
Over For Now.
Main Street One