Sunday, February 14, 2016

A 30K and 9K Knight for Kobe

Kobe Bryant reached two milestones Wednesday night.

A 30K and 9K Knight for Kobe

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. (Chris Schneider/AP)
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. (Chris Schneider/AP)

Wednesday night was a special one for Lower Merion's Kobe Bryant. Not only did he become the fifth player to score 30,000 points in the NBA, but he also became the seventh NBA player to attempt 9,000 free throws.

Below are both lists, with the shooting numbers for the top scorers.

Some notes on the scoring list:

♦ Kobe is the only player among the five that has a two-point field-goal percentage under 50% for his career (48.23%).

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♦ Bryant has the highest free-throw percentage among the five (83.83%), edging Jordan (83.53%).

♦ He reached the mark against the team that originally drafted him. The Charlotte Hornets, having since moved to New Orleans, picked the 17-year-old with the 13th pick of the 1996 draft.

♦  Karl Malone, the league's second all-time leading scorer, was also chosen 13th overall, in 1986.

♦ If you add ABA and NBA scoring together, one additional player makes the 30K club. That would be former Sixer (and Net and Squire) Julius Erving. Doc's NBA point total (18,364) plus his ABA total (11,662) gives him 30,026. That is exactly 10 more points than Bryant has now, so Bryant should easily pass him Friday night in Oklahoma City.


 Player   2-Pt. 

51.02%  581 
  32.68%  7327 
83.53%  32,292  30.12 
53.97%  —  — 
51.06%  31,419  30.07 
48.23%    1540 
33.73%  7546 
83.83%  30,016  25.44 


 Player  FTA
 Karl Malone  13,188 
 Wilt Chamberlain  11,862
 Shaquille O'Neal  11,252
 Moses Malone  11,090
 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar      9,304
 Oscar Robertson    9,185
 Kobe Bryant    9,002
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