Only four others in the history of the NBA have ever broken the record of scoring 30,000 points in their careers, and as of Wednesday night, L.A. Lakers’ Kobe Bryant just secured his spot as the fifth member of the 30,000 club.
During last night’s game against New Orleans Hornets, Kobe scored his 30,000th career point in the last 1:15 minutes of the second quarter. Kobe not only joins the prestigious club with NBA greats Wilt Chamberlain, Karl Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan, he also made history by being the youngest player (age 34) in the fewest amount of days (104) to reach the milestone.
“I’m beyond proud,” Bryant said to Fox, according to CBS LA. “I’m happy and it’s a huge honor, to say the least. Whenever you hear those names and you think about the amount of players who have played this game, to be in that kind of company is always extremely, extremely special.”
By the end of last night’s game, Kobe added to his point total with 30,016 points and lead the Lakers to a 103-87 win over the Hornets.
Now that he’s crossed the 30,000 point mark, do you think Kobe has a chance at catching up to Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s record as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with a total of 38,387 points? Watch him score his 30,000th game point below!
Records for the 30,000 Point Club:
- Kobe Bryant 34 years and 104 days
- Wilt Chamberlain 35 years and 179 days
- Karl Malone 36 years and 189 days
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 36 years and 217 days
- Michael Jordan 38 years and 321 days