NBA Roundtable

Shaq’s Milestone (Kobe too)

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

NBA.com 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.

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  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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