Our congratulations go out to Mr. Kobe Bean Bryant, the greatest basketball player to ever play the game. On December 5, 2012, versus the New Orleans Hornets, Kobe became the youngest player to score 30,000 career NBA points. It happened on a drive that resulted in a one-handed jumper over Robin Lopez just several feet from the basket.
It was only fitting that Kobe pick such a stage against the only team to have ever traded him. In fact the trade happened when he was selected as the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the [then] Charlotte Hornets. He was then traded to the Lakers and the rest is history.
Kobe's latest milestone puts him among only 5 NBA players to have scored more than 30,000 points. Tonight, Kobe has 30,016. He inches closer to surpassing the late Wilt Chamberlain who is number 4 on the list with 31,419 points.
So, is it likely that Kobe will pass Wilt this season? We've done the math and the answer is oh yeah.
Kobe needs 1,404 points to reach the 4th spot. Knowing that there are 63 games left in the season (not counting the post season), Kobe would need to average 23 points a game. He's currently averaging 28. If he remains healthy and plays within his average 19 FGA he should be able to pass Wilt before the end of the season.
Lakers.com has a really nice piece on Kobe's latest feat. They've also designed a cool desktop wallpaper to help commemorate the moment. Click below to download.
|Courtesy of Lakers.com|