Unofficial Kobe Bryant Milestone Watch
- It's been exactly one year since Kobe surpassed Michael Jordan for No. 2 on the all-time list for most points with the same franchise. Bryant still only trails former teammate Karl 'The Mailman' Malone:
1. Karl Malone: 36, 374 (UTA) // 18 seasons: 1985 - 2003
2. Kobe Bryant: 31,354 Pts (LAL) // 17th season: 1996 - Present
3. Michael Jordan: 29,277 (CHI) // 12 seasons: 1984-'93, 1994-'98
4. Hakeem Olajuwon: 26.511 (HOU) // 17 seasons: 1984-'01
5. Reggie Miller: 25,279 (IND) // 18 seasons: 1987 - 2005
- After becoming the all-time franchise leader in steals for the Lakers, surpassing Magic Johnson’s 1,724, Kobe passed Big O and Moses Malone and is closing in on Karl Malone in the Free Throws made department.
Up next on the list:
- Move into fourth all-time in scoring, passing Wilt Chamberlain
All Kobe needs is less than 100 points. If Kobe stays healthy, he'll reach this toward the end of the season.
- Most All-NBA First Teams (11, with Karl Marlone)
This record is arguably hardest to reach, considering -- or assuming -- Dwyane Wade comes back injury-free. With new weapons in Steve Nash and Dwight Howard at his side, his load will be lower, thus standing a chance to decrease his statistical output.
- Most All-NBA Teams (15, with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)
This record, on the other hand, is a virtual cinch. If Kobe is healthy this season, it's impossible to identify six guards better who can keep him from tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
- Most All-NBA Defensive First Teams (10, passing MJ, Gary Payton and Kevin Garnett)
Another tough milestone to reach. Kobe still gets after it defensively and with upgraded defensive personnel behind him (read: Howard, Dwight), he can be as aggressive on the perimeter as ever.
- Most All-NBA Defensive Teams (13, with Tim Duncan)
Even if Kobe struggles guarding quicker players, his grit and I.Q. alone makes this milestone his for the taking.
- Most playoff points, passing Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)
Kobe currently sits at 5,640 playoff points, 347 away from MJ and 122 from Kareem. He'll need a deep playoff run to take top spot (conference finals, Finals).
Feel free to add other bright spots about Kobe's 18th season.
Edited by Qillah S, March 26, 2013 - 02:41 PM.