And Kobe Bryant.
That’s the list of the NBA’s 12th and counting down greatest scorers in history, with Bryant shooting his way up to seventh with an eight-foot running bank shot with 5:56 to go in L.A.’s Sunday victory over Oklahoma City, allowing him to surpass the 27,313 points scored by Hayes.
If Bryant continues to score at his current pace of 25.1 points per game, he’ll next surpass Moses Malone (27,409) in a week or two. After that comes Shaquille O’Neal, still playing in Boston with his 28,590 points.
Remarkably, five of the NBA’s top seven scorers — (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1st), Karl Malone (2nd), Wilt Chamberlain (4th), O’Neal (5th) and Bryant (7th)) — have worn Lakers jerseys.
Further note from L.A.’s Game Notes:
Bryant has been steadily moving up the list over the past few years. Earlier this season, with 23 points at Chicago (12/10/10), he passed John Havlicek (26,395) for 11th. Last season, he passed Alex English (25,613), Reggie Miller (25,279), Jerry West (25,192), Patrick Ewing (24,815) and Allen Iverson (24,368). In passing West with a slam dunk at the 4:14 mark of the third quarter February 1, 2010 at Memphis, finishing the game with 44 points (West’s retired number), Bryant became the leading scorer in Lakers franchise history. In 2008-09, Bryant passed Gary Payton (21,813) and Hall-of-Famers Charles Barkley (23,757), Robert Parish (23,334), Adrian Dantley (23,177), Elgin Baylor (23,149), Clyde Drexler (22,195) and Larry Bird (21,791).