2011-12 NBA Season | Kobe Passes Shaq to Move to Fifth Place in NBA’s All-Time Scoring List!Category: Basketball
Where will Kobe rank in the all-time list when he is done?
|1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar||38,387|
|2. Karl Malone||36,928|
|3. Michael Jordan||32,292|
|4. Wilt Chamberlain||31,419|
|5. Kobe Bryant||28,601+|
With a threee-pointer in the second quarter of a 90-95 loss over the Philadelphia 76ers today, Kobe Bryant has surpassed former teammate Shaquille O’Neal to move into 5th place in the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Shaq who had retired last season made 28,596 points in his 19-year career and is now relegated to 6th.
Picked 13th in the 1996 NBA Draft, Kobe is currently playing in his 16th year.
Kobe said of the achievement,
“All the battles we’ve been in, the playoff battles, the duo that we’ve been able to form. When you (consider) the championships, it makes it a little more significant.”
Shaq and Kobe have a well-publicized ‘feud’ that was fed-on by the media when they were still teammates and was rumored to be the main reason why Shaq left the Lakers.
O’Neal offered his congratulations on Twitter:
“Congrats to Kobe for being the greatest laker ever thanks for making us the greatest laker one two punch ever and congrats on passin me up 2.”
Kobe is also the youngest player in NBA history to reach 28,000 points.
Ahead of him on the all-time list are Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Karl Malone. He still has a long way to go though to catch up on record-holder Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 38, 387 points.
Watch his record-breaking shot:
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