Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Sets Scoring Record
On Feb. 5, 1989, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar becomes first NBA player to score 38,000 points.
Since Abdul-Jabar scored 38,000 points only one other player, Karl Malone has come close to scoring as many points. However, Malone retired with the second most points all-time 36,928.
Kobe Bryant is the current active leader in points scored with 31,700. It would take Bryant another five years minimum to reach Jabar’s record.
He is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, with 38,387 points. During his career with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers from 1969 to 1989, Abdul-Jabbar won six NBA championships and a record six regular season MVP Awards.
In college at UCLA, he played on three consecutive national championship teams, and his high school team won 71 consecutive games.
At the time of his retirement, Abdul-Jabbar was the NBA’s all-time leader in points scored, games played, minutes played, field goals made, field goal attempts, blocked shots, defensive rebounds, and personal fouls.
Abdul-Jabbar also has been an actor, a basketball coach, and an author. In 2012, he was selected as a U.S. cultural ambassador.