Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Set All-Time NBA Scoring Record 30 Years Ago Today

Jim CavanContributor IApril 5, 2014

Former Los Angeles Lakers player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wears a hat bearing the name and jersey number of former Lakers teammate James Worthy as he attends the NBA basketball ball between the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Danny Moloshok

Here's a an anniversary item that's bound to make a lot of you out there feel pretty old—this writer included:

I suppose you'll want to see the bucket itself. By all means (head to the 30-second mark):

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would finish his career with 38,387 points. The closest active player: fellow Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who's currently sitting on 31,700.

Even if Bryant stays healthy and averages 20 points per game, it would still take him well into the 2018-19 season before he could reasonably be expected to break Abdul-Jabbar's mark.

The next best hope, then, would be LeBron James, currently at 23,003 and counting.