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While it’s still hard to argue that there will ever be a better basketball player than Michael Jordan, there are players that have scored more career points than him.
There are only three. The top two are still Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone, but this weekend, the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant took over third place from Michael Jordan, scoring his 32,293 point in the second quarter of a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.
There was no doubt that Bryant was going to pass Jordan, but it took more time than everyone thought, mostly because he has been plagued by injuries over the last several years. Byrant is 36 years old and healthy again this year, averaging over 25 points a game.
How significant is the scoring plateau? Not that significant probably, considering how much Bryant shoots. Even if he is third in scoring all time, he is first in another category – he has the most missed field goals of all-time. So there’s that.
Is he one of the greatest to every play? Sure. Is he better than Jordan? Of course not.