Monday , Apr , 01 , 2013 Andrew Flint

Kobe Moves To 4th On All Time Scoring List. Where Will He Finish?

Kobey Bryant moves to 4th on the all-time points list topping Chamberlain. Where on the list will he finish?

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He won’t finish first, but really records always appear less important when you’re struggling to make the playoffs.

Kobe Bryant is an amazing scorer. No one doubts this fact. But where will Kobe end up on the all-time scorer’s list when he finally hangs it up? The answer is second.

Kobe’s already been whispering about retirement, but no one really takes him serious and they shouldn’t. Bryant’s just 34 years old and he’s still dropping in 27 points per game, has the same competitive fire, and is very outspoken about wanting another (6th) championship.

Bryant currently has 31,421 total points which puts him in fourth place on the all-time list. He just passed Wilt Chamberlain’s 31,419 points and now he only trails Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387, Karl Malone’s 36,928, and Michael Jordan’s 32,292. With Bryant still averaging about 1,800 points per season over the last couple years and his still performing at an extremely high level, it’s very possible he could play another 4 seasons. This would put him in second place. He could get first place too if he stays healthy and plays a fifth or sixth season, but I don’t think he’s got that much gas left in the tank.

I predict he’ll finish second. One, it’s going to be tougher and tougher for him to stay healthy and injury free as he gets older. And Two, he has less motivation to top Kareem, where as topping Jordan is a definitive goal of his in just about everything, although he’ll never verbally admit it.

“I just want No. 6, man,” Bryant said, referring to his championship count, when asked where he wanted to finish on the all-time scoring list when he retires. “I’m not asking for too much, man. Just give me a sixth ring, damn it.”

“It depends on him and his body and mentally if he wants to keep going through this,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said after shootaround Saturday. “I would expect he would. He still hasn’t lost a whole lot and he’s 34 years old. Guys are now playing to 38-40. That’s on him. But his body and what he’s doing, he’s great.”

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