NBA Roundtable

Shaq’s Milestone (Kobe too)

In Awards/Achievement on January 20, 2010 at 4:47 pm reports

Cleveland Cavaliers center Shaquille O’Neal has become the fifth player in NBA history to score 28,000 points.

With his first basket on Tuesday, a layup in the lane in the opening minute against Toronto, O’Neal joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928), Michael Jordan (32,292) and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) as the only players to reach the milestone.

Congratulations to Shaquille O’Neal. A fantastic achievement.

Kobe Bryant’s Milestone

There are a total of 14 players who have scored above 25,000 points and soon Kobe Bryant will become the 15th player.

The List

      1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar = 38,387 points
      2. Karl Malone = 36,928 points
      3. Michael Jordan = 32,292 points
      4. Wilt Chamberlain = 31,419 points
      5. Shaquille O’Neal = 28,014 points
      6. Moses Malone = 27,409 points
      7. Elvin Hayes = 27,313 points
      8. Hakeem Olajuwon = 26,946 points
      9. Oscar Robertson = 26,710 points
      10. Dominique Wilkins = 26,668 points
      11. John Havlicek = 26,395 points
      12. Alex English – 25,613 points
      13. Reggie Miller – 25,279 points
      14. Jerry West – 25,192 points

Kobe Bryant currently sits on 24,981 points so he needs 19 points to join the club. He’ll likely do that in his next game, two at the most.

  1. Real question should be “does Shaq have enough left to play the 2-3 seasons to catch Chamberlain or not?

  2. Hey Brothersteve,

    Shaq is only scoring 10.7 points per game this season and he’s unlikely to ever have a large role offensively again so this is probably as good as it gets from here on in. Hard to see Shaq settling for a non-contender and hard to see a contender giving Shaq a larger role than Cleveland does. At that pace he’d need almost 320 games to match Wilt.

    Nah, it doesn’t look like Shaq has much of a chance here. Wilt is safe for the time being (Kobe will pass him out).

    I do think Shaq can be a useful role player for another season, probably two, after he finishes this contract. He’d be a nice backup center who you could run your offense through in the second unit.

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