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NBA All-Time Leading Scorers

Kobe Bryant just the fifth player in league history to score 30,000

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CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 14: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on December 14, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Streeter Lecka / Getty Images
Updated May 06, 2014
Kobe Bryant's 29-point performance against the Hornets on December 5, 2012 gave him 30,016 and counting for his career... making him just the fifth player in NBA history to reach the 30,000-point plateau.

At 34 years of age, Bryant is also the youngest player to reach that mark. Of course, that's more a factor of his entry into the league right out of high school at age 19 than anything else. He has already played more games than Michael Jordan - third on the all-time scoring list - or Wilt Chamberlain - who is fourth. Jordan played three years of college basketball and took a mid-career hiatus to try his hand at baseball; Chamberlain played two seasons at Kansas and one with the Harlem Globetrotters before making his NBA debut.

Can Kobe catch Kareem? Hard to say. He's 8,371 points behind at this point. He has averaged around 1,840 points per season to this point, and that includes his first two seasons (when he was coming off the bench) and two seasons cut short by labor strife. Assuming he continues to score at that pace, he'd probably need to play through the 2016-17 season to reach the top of the list.

There are no guarantees that he'll even try. Bryant's contract with the Lakers runs through the 2013-14 season, and he has hinted that he'll retire after that.

The top of the all-time scoring list has a heavy Los Angeles Laker influence. The NBA's all-time scoring leader, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, played 14 seasons in Los Angeles, and Karl Malone - the second-leading scorer in league history - finished his career with the Lakers. Chamberlain, Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal (6th overall) and Jerry West (15th) also played all or part of their careers in Los Angeles.

The only other active players in the top 20 all-time scoring list are Boston's Kevin Garnett and Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki.

NBA All-Time Scoring Leaders

RankPlayerGamesPPGPoints
1Kareem Abdul-Jabbar156024.638387
  2Karl Malone14762536928
  3Michael Jordan107230.132292
  4Wilt Chamberlain104530.131419
  5Kobe Bryant118025.430016
  6Shaquille O'Neal120723.728596
  7Moses Malone132920.627409
  8Elvin Hayes13032127313
  9Hakeem Olajuwon123821.826946
  10Oscar Robertson104025.726710
  11Dominique Wilkins107424.826668
  12John Havlicek127020.826395
  13Alex English119321.525613
  14Reggie Miller138918.225279
  15Jerry West9322725192
  16Patrick Ewing11832124815
  17Kevin Garnett127319.324553
  18Allen Iverson91426.724368
  19Dirk Nowitzki105522.924134
  20Charles Barkley107322.123757

Through games played on December 5, 2012.
Active players in bold

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