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#1 I still miss OTR

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Posted March 26, 2013 - 10:09 AM

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.

I'm still mad the Lakers lost to the C's in the Finals a few yrs ago!

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#2 Makaveli

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Posted March 26, 2013 - 10:24 AM

It's Kobe's 17th, not 18th season actually. 



#3 God Shammgod

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Posted March 26, 2013 - 10:43 AM

All these bright spots can't make up for another wasted year of excellent play from KB24 . 



#4 I still miss OTR

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Posted March 26, 2013 - 02:40 PM

All these bright spots can't make up for another wasted year of excellent play from KB24 . 

I know, bro. I'm just doing my best to cheer you up/make y'all less sad and gloomy but it's hard... :(


I'm still mad the Lakers lost to the C's in the Finals a few yrs ago!

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Posted March 26, 2013 - 10:44 PM

No bright spots, it's a team game.

 

Individual stats don't matter for jack.



#6 bfc1125roy

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Posted March 27, 2013 - 12:19 AM

The bright spot is that he's 34, in his 17th season, and still a top 3 player in the NBA. It's hard to think of anyone really in NBA history who was as effective as he is after logging that many minutes over the years. Just take a look at how the players in his draft class are doing now.



#7 I still miss OTR

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Posted March 28, 2013 - 04:33 PM

^ That too. How about this -- prior  to the Bucks game, Kobe's only 35 points from moving into fourth on the all-time scoring list!


Edited by I miss OTR, March 28, 2013 - 04:33 PM.

I'm still mad the Lakers lost to the C's in the Finals a few yrs ago!

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