On Sunday, Kobe Bryant scored 26 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves, and in the process moved past Michael Jordan for 3rd place in all-time scoring, behind only Karl Malone (2nd) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1st). Bryant, in his 19th season, is currently scoring at a 25.2 ppg pace—in line with his career average of 25.5 ppg—which would obliterate the previous record for average scoring in a player’s 19th season or later (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 14.6 ppg).
The Los Angeles Lakers have put together a fantastic infographic comparing Kobe and MJ, which can be found here.
But while the two guards have been compared throughout much of Bryant’s career, and this milestone only reignites the discussion, it’s worth calling attention to a piece by Neil Paine that digs through a number of advanced analytics, which show that Jordan is still the GOAT by a landslide.
So instead of focusing too hard on the compare and contrast, let’s enjoy the achievement for what it is—a testament to Bryant’s longevity as a scorer—and maybe wish for a few more Kobe Bryant highlights this holiday season.