In a continuing trend, it's mostly about Bryant's longevity that put him here. Bear in mind that Chamberlain reached his 31,419 points in 14 seasons; Bryant is in his 17th. Chamberlain boasts four of the top five all-time highest scoring seasons in NBA history (Michael Jordan holds the third highest, Bryant the seventh highest).
Bryant continues his climb and every indication leans toward the possibility that Bryant will eventually pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the all-time career points leader. He would have to play several more seasons. But considering his performance in his 17th season, you have to think he can pull it off if he decides he wants to.
Bryant has leaped a literal and figurative giant in the league's history. Chamberlain's career averages were 30 points and 23 rebounds (!) per game shooting 54 percent in a markedly weaker league. Bryant, of course, says he just wants the championships.
"I just want No. 6, man," Bryant said, referring to his championship count, when asked where he wanted to finish on the all-time scoring list when he retires. "I'm not asking for too much, man. Just give me a sixth ring, damn it."