Kobe Bryant 10th on NBA scoring list
Kobe Bryant passed Dominique Wilkins for 10th all time in NBA career scoring -- and he's likely to move up the list soon. As of Wednesday, he's just 39 points behind No. 9 Oscar Robertson.
Player Points 1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387 2. Karl Malone 36,928 3. Michael Jordan 32,292 4. Wilt Chamberlain 31,419 *-5. Shaquille O'Neal 28,500 x-6. Moses Malone 27,409 7. Elvin Hayes 27,313 8. Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946 9. Oscar Robertson 26,710 *-10. Kobe Bryant 26,671 * - Active players.
x - Does not include Malone's points from two ABA seasons (1974-76).
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant made a driving layup with 6:43 remaining in the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons to give him 15 points for the game and 26,669 for his career, moving him into 10th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
Bryant finished with 17 points in the Lakers' 108-83 win over the Pistons on Tuesday.
"It's cool," Bryant said. "It's a great honor. I think those kind of things are things that you look back at in hindsight when your career is all over. Right now I'm just focused on winning a championship."
Bryant reflected on Wilkins' illustrious career after the game.
"[I remember] his dunks," Bryant said with a smile. "That's what it's all about with him. His jumping ability and the way he powered through players to me was spectacular."
As a child, Bryant said, he would try to replicate Wilkins' jams "on a little 6-foot hoop," but also said, "In my prime, I couldn't do things Dominique was doing. ... Unbelievable stuff."
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"It's another credit, another notch in his belt so to speak in his storied career," Jackson said. "I think that Dominique is an established player that created a lot of open eyes back in a time when he played with his dynamic game, his powerful game, and Kobe recognizes that."
Bryant's teammates were impressed by the accomplishment.
"Dominique, that was a big deal," Lamar Odom said. "It was great that he let us be a part of history."
Andrew Bynum said he remembered playing as Wilkins in a video game and predicted, "[Kobe is] going to continue to do great, and as long as he's out there giving everything he's got, he's going to probably end up really, really close to the top."
"He's really good, huh?" Derek Fisher said. "Just a remarkable accomplishment. When you think about the players that are on that list, and he's now 10th, when you look at those names, it's humbling to think that this is the guy I spent most of my career playing alongside of. He deserves everything he gets in terms of accomplishments, and the scary part about it is, he's not done. He's going to close the gap pretty good between No. 1 and No. 10 at a pretty fast rate over the next couple of years."
Next on the list is Oscar Robertson with 26,710. If Bryant maintains his 25.4 points per game average and plays the final 47 games of the regular season, he will finish 2010-11 with 27,863 points, placing him sixth all-time behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928), Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Shaquille O'Neal (28,500 and counting).
Dave McMenamin covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.