At this point in his career, can Kobe still make it to the top of the NBA's all-time scoring list? Here are the numbers to consider.
Now that Kobe Bryant has surpassed Michael Jordan as the NBA's third all-time leading scorer, he's now probably setting his sights on the legends who continue to stand before him: Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
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Karl and Kareem, as we all know, are the NBA's top two all-time scoring leaders. At this point in his career, can Kobe still make it to the top of the list? Barring injuries, the effects of Father Time, and retirement, he just might.
It's not going to be a walk in the park, though. FHM Nation, bring out your calculators!
Bryant's average points per game in his career. At this pace, he would need a total of 1,451 games to pass Malone for second place all-time and 1,508 games to pass Abdul-Jabbar. Kobe has already played a total of 1,268 games as of press time, which means the all-time record isn't too far off.
The average number of games Kobe misses every season. You have to put injuries and Father Time into consideration, especially after his 76-game absence last season.
The number of points Malone scored throughout his career. "The Mailman" played a total of 1,476 games as a member of the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The estimated number of games Kobe has to play in order to surpass Karl's scoring record, assuming he maintains his career scoring average. That record-surpassing game is likely to take place in the middle of the 2016-2017 season, when he's 38.
The number of points Abdul-Jabbar scored throughout his career. The master of the Skyhook played a total 1,560 games as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The estimated number of games Kobe has to play in order to surpass Kareem's scoring record, assuming he maintains his career scoring average. It'll probably take place right at the beginning of the 2017-2018 season, right before he turns 40.
Obviously, nobody knows what the future holds. But if anyone can do it, it has to be No. 24. We're rooting for you, Mamba!
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