Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 8/25/12

Kobe Bryant waves as the 2009 NBA Champion Lakers celebrate their 15th NBA Championship with a parade in Los Angeles on June 17, 2009. (UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten) Photo via Newscom

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Kobe Bryant is widely regarded as one of the best scorers in the NBA and he’s arguably one of the best of all time, too. He is currently 5thon the NBA all-time scoring list with 29484 points scored in his 16-year career, 5000 points more than any other active player. Bryant stands right behind NBA legends Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the all-time scoring list. The Lakers guard needs almost 9000 points to surpass current all-time-leading-scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who spent his 20-year NBA career with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers.  The man formerly known as Lew Alcindor played 1560 games in the league, averaging 24.6 points-per-game en route to a grand total of 38387 points scored. Kobe has played 1161 games so far , with an average of  25.4 points-per-game. Kareem retired after the 1988-1989 NBA season at the age of 41. Kobe Bryant turns 34 today (August 23rd) and,  assuming he keeps playing until he is 41, just like Abd...
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