Whether you like Kobe Bryant or not, and there are many who don’t, it’s virtually impossible to not acknowledge that he’s one of the best basketball players of our generation, or any for that matter. Bryant has won NBA championships, Olympic gold medals, and a Slam Dunk Contest title. He’s been named to All-Defensive teams. But what most of us will remember Kobe Bryant for is his ability to score, something that only four players in the history of the NBA have done more than him.
Wednesday against the New Orleans Hornets Bryant joined those four men, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928), Michael Jordan (32,292), and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419), as the fifth member of the 30,000 point club.
Bryant became the youngest to accomplish the feat and entered the game averaging 27.9 ppg, tops in the league so far this season. He’s led the NBA in points scored four times, including three consecutive seasons (2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008), and is also the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history.
For those who remember when Bryant wasn’t wearing no. 24, he scored 16,866 of his points wearing no. 8. He’s tallied 6,057 points in March, his highest scoring month. Bryant’s best scoring day of the week, Friday (6,750). The team he’s racked up the most points against, the Golden State Warriors (1,612).
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