Kobe Closing in on Kareem

Kobe Bryant - Kareem Abdul-JabbarWith Kobe Bryant’s blistering scoring start to the 2009-10 season, he’s now only 16 points away from passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for second on the Lakers all-time scoring list.

Bryant, who has hit the 40-point mark four times already in his first 11 games to equal the four total times he hit that plateau last season, is leading the league with a 31.0 points per game average.

The 2009 Finals MVP has scored 24,161 points in his Lakers career, while Abdul-Jabbar’s Lakers mark stands at 24,176. After Kareem, Bryant has Jerry West and his 25,192 points to look forward to. While No. 24′s scoring average could take a slight dip while his assists rise with the return of Pau Gasol, Bryant would potentially surpass the Logo in early February.

Abdul-Jabbar, the league’s all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points, notched 14,211 points in his first six seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks. Mr. Clutch ranks 14th on the list, and Bryant 16th.