The NBA has its great players. Part of their fame comes from their ability to score baskets. While showy baskets might get more attention, the number of baskets also distinguishes these great players. You probably already know the names of these top five. While four out of five of them are retired, they still manage to top the league in scoring. Although, only time will tell about whether their record will hold up with four out of them officially retired from playing.
Topping the list of top scorers is Kareem Abdul-jabbar. He played for 20 years, spending time with both the Milwaukee Bucks and L.A. Lakers. But it was with the Lakers where he put in most of his time in the NBA and scored most of his points. His scoring is impressive at 38,387 during his years in the league. He retired in 1989 and his last game featured many famous players as a tribute.
Second on the list is Karl Malone. His spent his 19 years with the Utah Jazz and his last year playing for the L.A. Lakers. He has a record of 36, 928. Malone was nicknamed “The Mailman” during his time in the league. He was a key component of the success of the Utah Jazz during the 1990s. He retired in 2004 and has taken his love of playing into coaching basketball.
Number three — Michael Jordan — will surprise some people. But that is only because they expect him to be higher on this list. Jordan has 32,292. It might be the fact that he retired after only 15 years in the league. His play with the Chicago Bulls was legendary. Less well known is the time he spent on the Wizard’s roster. He retired for the last time in 2003. He is still a popular figure. He has plans to marry his girlfriend, Yvette Prieto.
Coming in at number four is Wilt Chamberlain. Chamberlain played for a number of teams. He played for the Warriors during and after their move to San Francisco. He moved on to the 76ers for a couple of years and played his last few years with the L.A. Lakers. He scored 31,419 in his 14 years of play. After basketball, he moved onto volleyball and is also named in the Volleyball Hall of Fame. He died in 1999 of heart failure.
At number five is the only player still scoring baskets in the NBA, Kobe Bryant. Bryant (pictured) has played his entire career with the L.A. Lakers. He started in the NBA at the age of 18 and was once the youngest player. He is also the youngest scorer to break the 30,000 mark and is currently over 31,000. He still has some playing time left so he may move up in the list.
These are the top five scorers in the NBA. It should be no surprise that these famous players are on top. But with the top four retired and out of the game, there is a chance that someone can come in and break the record.
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