Readers share how many points Kobe Bryant will finish with in his career
--"Being a student of the game, as Kobe is, I believe the phrase "winning longevity" will be his guideline. As Kareem's career extended with a winning Lakers team, so I think Kobe will evaluate his own professional arc. Lakers keep winning (lock-out or not), and Kobe stays healthy (always a knock on wood, though his training routine is as rigorous as any who've played the game), Kobe will keep playing. Which means he'll keep scoring, and 30,000 will arrive, and whatever come after that. If the bottom falls out and Kobe's health is pinnacle, then I think he'll work a year or two trying to find traction, but if the team takes a dip, Kobe may consider hanging it up. But... there's no reason he or the Lakers should stop their winning ways for years to come (another knock on the ol' wood)." -- 63 Footer
"Having been a rabid Laker fan since 1957, I have always held the Lakers team quests as most important. HOWEVER, in the past few years, I have become more and more enamored with watching the unbelievable talent that is Kobe Bryant. We will always be able to say 'I got to watch him live and saw Kobe's amazing talent', after years from now when he has settled in HOF as one of the greatest to ever play. I hate when the Lakers lose via playing poorly, as in the Denver game last Thursday. Now I try to watch the Lakers with one eye on their play as a team and the other is hoping for a big game by Kobe.
So, if Kobe shoots well and has an efficient game with big numbers, then sometimes a poor performance loss by the rest of the Lakers can be a bit fogiven by me. I loved 81! I stood up like when I saw the Belmont with Secretariat live by 31 lengths! These will be wonders I take to the grave, along with the love my family has given me. I have tried to do some analysis of my own since 2005 and I have always thought that a reasonable pace for the remaining years puts him at #2.
Much of it is instinct through watching him and his drive for 15 years. I believe he will stay long enough to get beyond Jordan, for many obvious reasons, although Kobe has not had the years of prime scorer that Jordan had ---- always, on the Bulls. I think if Shaq had not been on the Lakers in his early years he would definitely pass Kareem." -- NuggetsCountry
"This will make him jack up another 30 shots today. On this team he does not need that. The other players get more confidence if they can also score. Jacking up 30 shots is not good for this team." -- keen observer
"There's no way Kobe retires before 38. No way. - For the rest of his career that's he should average above 1,000 points a season... conservatively. - That puts him around 33,000 points. - I think he'll have more output than this conservative estimate and he'll retire with a little more than 35,000 points at the age of 39." -- Jon K.
"38,387+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++. I hope Kobe will shoot 48 shots per game and 10 for overtime. looking forward for triple-overtime games!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! By the way, i'm sure he will have a last punch for Malone" -- ouchhhhhhhh
"He will finish between 33,000 - 37,000. Maybe more if he keeps healthy." -- Shawhin
"this contract kobe can achieve #4 on the list. Playing to 40, is that possible drop it to 15 a game fron 36 on, he could be on Kareems shoulder...It would wouldn't suprise me if Kobe goes all time high especially if he puts it up like he should, as ouuuuuch says I think the new supporting cast will help him stay healthier, and more efficient" -- i hearned that
"I don't think it's a stretch to say that over the last few years of his time in the NBA Kobe will continue at a clip of about 25 ppg. With that said (and assuming there's no lockout next season), I believe Kobe will end with about 33,500 points. That will put him ahead of Jordan, although he will still rank only 3rd all-time. The only way he surpasses Malone and Jabbar is if he plays AT LEAST until the age of 38 assuming, again that he will average 25 ppg, which is much harder at that age. In actuality, he will probably have to play at least until he's 40 if he has some significant drop off in scoring." -- Alamo07
"At an absolute minimum (and I mean even if he's playing with dengue fever and a cast on his broken shooting arm and using a walker) I believe he won't hang it up until he passes Shaq. His actual (and realistic) goal if he just stays healthy, edging past Jordan (32,292 + 1). And that means not just more career goals but also at least one more ring (6+1) than Jordan got. Bottom line: the Lakers are going to have 18 NBA banners (Celtics' 17+1) hanging in the rafters at Staples by the time Kobe's jersey is placed up there. The greatest player AND team of all time. Yeah, I'd bet the farm on that." - Corner J
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, middle right, avoids triple coverage by passing the ball around Phoenix center Robin Lopez, right, as forwards Hedo Turkoglu, left center, and Grant Hill close in during the first half of the Lakers' 121-116 loss Sunday at Staples Center. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times.