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Kobe Bryant passes Moses Malone on scoring list

Posted on: March 8, 2011 9:21 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2011 10:02 pm
 
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has passed Moses Malone on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Posted by Ben Golliver. 

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant continued his ascent up the NBA's all-time scoring list during Tuesday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks, moving past Hall of Fame center Moses Malone into sixth place. 

Bryant entered the game 12 points behind Malone and notched his 11th, 12th and 13th points at the free throw line, after being fouled while shooting a three-pointer with 2:04 remaining in the second quarter. 

Malone scored 27,409 points in 1,329 games during his career. Bryant reached that mark in his 1,086th game, 243 games faster than Malone. 

Bryant began the 2010-2011 NBA season in 12th place on the all-time list. This year he has passed (in order): John Havlicek (26,395), Dominique Wilkins (26,668), Oscar Robertson (26,710), Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946) and Elvin Hayes (27,313). 

The only active player in front of Bryant is Boston Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal, Bryant's former teammate in Los Angeles. O'Neal is currently in fifth place on the list, roughly 1,100 points ahead of Bryant. Given the distance between those two players, it's a virtual certainty that Bryant will conclude this season in sixth place. The next closest active player? Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, who is 22nd all-time.

The top four scorers in NBA history are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928), Michael Jordan (32,292) and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419). Back in January , we took a look at Bryant's career scoring trajectory and how it's likely that he will finish his career no lower than third all-time.

The Lakers defeated the Hawks, 101-87, in Atlanta. Bryant finished with 26 points. 
Comments

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Kobe Bryant passes Moses Malone on scoring list

Hey,  the full story of Career Points cannot be told while excluding the ABA.    Why don;t we look at the combined list, consider a few all time greats like Julius Erving, who along wtih David Thompson, showed that the ABA was on par with the NBA and I really think Moses Malone need to get a bit more credit for those ABA points.   I mean, he wasn't playing Baseball in those  years?

Moses at 29, 580 ... still a ways to go, Kobe



Rank Player PTS

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar* 38387

2. Karl Malone* 36928

3. Michael Jordan* 32292

4. Wilt Chamberlain* 31419

5. Julius Erving* 30026

6. Moses Malone* 29580

7. Shaquille O'Neal 28590

8. Dan Issel* 27482

9. Kobe Bryant 27423

10. Elvin Hayes* 27313

11. Hakeem Olajuwon* 26946

12. Oscar Robertson* 26710

13. Dominique Wilkins* 26668

14. George Gervin* 26595

15. John Havlicek* 26395

16. Alex English* 25613

17. Rick Barry* 25279

  Reggie Miller 25279

19. Jerry West* 25192

20. Artis Gilmore 24941

21. Patrick Ewing* 24815

22. Allen Iverson 24368




Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2011 12:56 pm
 

Kobe Bryant passes Moses Malone on scoring list

I would rather have Kobe's bad shots than most players in the NBA's good shots.  Kobe has time and time again proven why he is the only current and former player that has ever been mentioned in the same sentence as MJ.  Kobe has the complete game.  He is not afraid to take shots that others pass on because he knows sooner or later his shots will fall.  As a Laker fan, you live and die with his shots.  Still, again, I would rather have him taking off balance fadeaways than LBJ taking open jumpers.  As for Shaq, he is a fair weathered friend.  The best thing the Lakers did was let him move on.  Proof of his loyalty lies in his closetful of mismatched jerseys (Orlando, LA, Miami, Phoenix, Cleveland, Boston, did I miss any?) and his alimony payments.  The guy is lazy and it has cost him the last five years of his career.  Thank goodness we will never have to see Shaq's jersey hanging in the rafters at the Staples Center.  Yet, in a couple of years we will witness #8/#24 hanging alongside the other Laker legends.



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Kobe Bryant passes Moses Malone on scoring list


OK, I am giving away my age, but I do like to INCLUDE the ABA when these CAREER and All-Time figures are being posted.    It's a fact, that the ABA and NBA both posssessed great players, and in now way did the old ABA Teams (Spurs, Bulls, Nuggets, etc) get trampled on by the NBA when they merged.   Arguably, the two most prolific players in "basketball" when the ABA merged with the NBA were Julius Erving and David Thompson.

Just don;t feel like the Story is so clear ... KOBE really hasn't passed some ALL TIME Scorers if you consider the full body of work in the ABA and NBA of a few classic players.   tell the whole story ...


RankPlayerPTS1.*383872.*369283.*322924.*314195.*300266.*295807.285908.*274829.2742310.*2731311.*2694612.*2671013.*2666814.*2659515.*2639516.*2561317.*25279 2527919.*2519220.2494121.*2481522.24368



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2011 12:48 pm
 

Kobe Bryant passes Moses Malone on scoring list

I would ask if you've ever been frustrated with Kobe?  Do you hate Shaq?  Or, twenty years from now, when this era of basketball is long gone, will you look back and have different feelings on the situation, when we're not in the heat of the moment?


Speaking just for myself -- "Have I ever been frustrated with Kobe" -- well that is a little vague, but really, not since his first few years as he matured.  Yes he has taken a lot of bad shots, but since Shaq was traded most of those were because he had few good teammates or on nights his teammates have seemed to take the night off for some reason.  Kobe leads the team in shot attempts, expected from your best player, but also leads the team in assists.   "Do I hate Shaq"-- hate is probably too strong a word, but the Lakers definately kept the right player of the two.  Shaq was declining, Kobe was rising and Shaq could not deal with it.  One had to go -- since the trade if anyone has kept the "fued" going, it has been Shaq.  I do not miss Shaq on the Lakers and would not want him back under any circumstances.



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2011 12:18 pm
 

Kobe Bryant passes Moses Malone on scoring list

Moses probably didn't see Kobe coming when he was still sitting pretty at no.6

The next irony will be when Shaq gets pwned by Kobe in the near future.  Shaq can't delay his retirement for too long now.



Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2011 11:47 am
 

Kobe Bryant passes Moses Malone on scoring list


"To heck with L-jerk, and trying to form a dynasty, Kobe would have never done something that stupid! "


Can you imagine if Kobe would have played nice with Shaq??  If Shaq/Kobe could have grown up a little faster and settled their differences, after the meltdown against the Pistons, they could have gone on another three-peat. 

Shaq was runner-up in MVP voting his first year with the Miami Heat.  He lost in the closest MVP voting, EVER, to Steve Nash.

Shaq was the focal point of the Lakers during their first three-peat.  If they could have acted like adults, and transitioned through the phase of Shaq aging and Kobe becoming the primary scorer, the Lakers would have never had to wait for Pau Gasol.  They would have never suffered through years of having a worse record than the Clippers.

I'll respect Kobe's basketball skills, but the guy is an egotistical punk.  I don't respect the man off the court.  Remember the off-season of toying with the Lakers front office, threatening/demanding to be traded back and forth three different times?  Yes, now, after two rings, Laker fans claim it was for the best.  You say Kobe would never have done something like LeBron... I bet he would have.  The Pau Gasol trade saved the Laker/Kobe era.  And Pau Gasol was MVP of last year's playoff run in my opinion...

I'm sure I'll receive a bunch of "hate" from Lakers fans for this, but if you put your biases aside, I would ask if you've ever been frustrated with Kobe?  Do you hate Shaq?  Or, twenty years from now, when this era of basketball is long gone, will you look back and have different feelings on the situation, when we're not in the heat of the moment?

Take care. 
 



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2011 10:41 am
 

Kobe Bryant passes Moses Malone on scoring list

Kudos to Kobe on reaching this milestone in his NBA playing career, I can say I saw another of the greats in my time.
 
By Kobe making these milestones as he climb the chart of most points scored, having 5 NBA championship rings, MVP of the league and 2-3 times MVP of the NBA finals he is without a doubt the current best player in the game today.

If there is one player that I would want to take the winning shot in the final seconds of the game I am calling on Kobe.

There might be others striving to become that, but currently there is no one even close.

All the arguments in the world would not negate that fact. In order to measure accomplishments there must be a measuring stick. He has met the criteria and in most instances surpassed the requirements.

I think taking your team to the NBA playoffs and winning championship rings are better than winning MVP awards any day.

Currently what players still playing are sporting the most NBA championship rings?

“GO LAKERS”


“ONE MAN’S OPINION”  



sman2011
Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2011 9:51 am
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Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2011 1:28 am
 

Kobe Bryant passes Moses Malone on scoring list

Rose can have the regular season MVP...Kobe will take the Finals MVP and the trophy once again.



Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2011 12:57 am
 

Kobe Bryant passes Moses Malone on scoring list

NO mvp this year. That distinquished honor will fall to Derrick Rose.

In Chicago, there is a god and they are THE 2ND BEST team in the East. Thats after the Celtic Green, of course...

QB


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