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Kobe is just 61 points away from passing Shaquille O’Neal on the NBA’s All-Time playoff scoring list.

Bryant currently has 5,187 playoff points, while O’Neal has 5,248.

Here is how the list stands as of today:

  1. Michael Jordan 5,987
  2. Kareem Abdul Jabbar 5,762
  3. Shaquille O’Neal 5,248
  4. Kobe Bryant 5,187

Bryant isn’t that far off from the number one spot either. He is currently 800 playoff points behind Michael Jordan.

If Bryant maintains his 25.4 ppg average in the playoffs this season, and next. He will need approximately 32 more playoff games to pass MJ.

  • http://twitter.com/jackyangDOTinfo Jack Yang

    WooHoo!

  • laffsatu

    EXCEPT FOR GAME SEVENS, HE SHRINKS.

  • kileer7

    It would be nice if Mr. Brickley would put Kobe’s point totals in perspective: playoff structure, games played, percentage of points by free throws, percentage of points by 2 point field goals, percentage of points by 3 point field goals, shooting percentage, and playoff win to loss ratio. I would also appreciate the following: points per game, field goal percentage, 3 point shooting percentage, free throw percentage, total rebounds per game, assists per game, steals per game, blocks per game, and turn overs per game.

    • The Duke

      Perhaps Mr Kileer would like to get a life? Kobe > MJ . . . . get over it.

      • kileer7

        So baseless statements, such as Kobe > MJ, are facts now?

  • PutaSafada

    There is no question Kobe will be number one in this list.

  • NoDefense

    it would be nice to add who scored 81pts second most in nba history,62pts in three quarters of a game and set out the fourth,who holds madison square garden record,,,,,,,,,,,,,blah blah blah

    • kileer7

      Oh, that would be Kobe Bean Bryant. The same man who is responsible for 6 of the 13 NBA 50 point games with under 50% shooting. Kobe Bryant who is on track to pass John Havlicek in total missed field goals in NBA history.

      • kileer7

        Since many will attack me for pointing out Kobe’s poor performances while not considering his great performances: Kobe is a 5 time NBA champion 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010, a 2 time NBA Finals MVP recipient, 1 time league MVP(he got screwed over in 2003-2004, and 2005-2006), 2 time scoring champion, Field goals made 11th (9,712), Points Per Game 11th (25.27), playoff 3-point field goals made 2nd (268) – tied with Ray Allen, playoff Field goals made 4th (1,825), playoff Points 4th (5,127), 13-time NBA All-Star: 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 11 consecutive All-Star appearances, 4-time NBA All-Star Game MVP: 2002, 2007, 2009, 2011. 12-time All-NBA Team selection: First team: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, Second team: 2000, 2001, Third team: 1999, 2005. 10-time All-Defensive Team selection: First team: 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, Second 2001, 2002. The list could go on for ever. Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players to ever lace up a pair of sneakers, however, in terms of point totals, scoring titles, defensive stats, points per game, points per game in the playoffs, shooting percentage, shooting percentage in the playoffs, competition he is so far behind Jordan that it isn’t fair to Kobe for him to be compared to Jordan. Call me what you want: Jordan fanboy or whatever, I’m a Kobe Bryant fan and an L.A. native and I hope he wins a sixth title, and PJ retires with a 12th chip.

      • laffsatu

        so just how many misses does he need to catch HONDO?Should be a ffeather in his cap!thanks kileer7

  • laffsatu

    looking like DURANT AND LEBRON will both surpass always brittle brittle, gunner bryant

    • gasoft

      sure come back when they win their first ring
      and to put those in the same sentence of kobe, wait till they have won at least 5
      you MORON

  • Deemac1

    What people always fail to realize in the Kobe vs MJ argument on how unfair it is to Kobe is that he wasnt given the keys to the franchise from day 1 like MJ! He didnt start his first season and got limited playing time, plus for 6-7 years he played second fiddle to what many consider one of the greatest centers in the game. He had to share the ball all those years and didnt get the oppurytunity to put up monster stats and be the man ala MJ in his first 7 seasons when the Bulls were nothing but a 1 man team. Kobe started getting real noteriety and MJ comparisions after 04 so its unfair to look at KB alltime stats vs MJ and make that argument. MJ was the greatest, Kobe is 2nd greatest

    • kileer7

      Kobe vs Jordan isn’t fair or rational because Kobe misses 54% of his field goals during the regular season, and a stunning 60% in NBA Finals. Furthermore playing with Shaq under Tex Winter and Phil Jackson’s triangle offense should yield two statistical results which have not manifested throughout Kobe’s career one being a higher field goal percentage the other more assists per game. Kobe he has never shot over 46% or averaged more than 6 assists per game for a season. “MJ was the greatest, Kobe is 2nd greatest” Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Bill Russell, Hakem Olajuwon, Oscar Robertson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Tim Duncan are all more consistent, dominant, and more efficient than Kobe Bryant. **** if you’re not a basketball fan, meaning you only follow the Lakers or Kobe exclusively, don’t respond to my posts.

    • Freeintheoc

      Kobe Bryant was not given the keys to the franchise from day one is because he was not good enough. If he was the leader early on, he would shoot 40 percent from the field and they never would have had those three championships. See Nba finals against Detroit perhaps that game will help you realize that you need to take your heart out of the equation and look at the reality. As Phil Jackson said, “NO ONE CAN COMPARE TO MICHAEL JORDAN, IT IS UNFAIR TO COMPARE KOBE TO MICHAEL.”

      There is no argument of who is greater. michael sits on top of the mantle as the greatest of all time. By the way Michael Lost a couple of years when he retired the first time and the second time and lost almost a year with a broken leg. Perhaps you need to compare Kobe with some other players.
      Not, MJ, Lebron, or Wade these players shoot a higher percentage then kobe. They have more assists, rebounds, efficiency, steals, and all around game.

    • Rjb702

      The Bulls were NEVER a one man team. Ask MJ. Say what you want about Pippen but MJ needed him. He’s a hall of famer and is
      second all-time leader in points, assists, and steals in Bulls franchise history. Lets see, he didn’t win his first till 1991 and when was he drafted? Oh yeah, 1984. Also, even without Shaq, Kobe still only has only 2 scoring championship seasons. So obviously he’s not as good as MJ. But you already knew that. ;)

  • Mrservice05

    Shaq will take it back tonight.