November 13, 1964: The Hawks' Bob Pettit is first NBA'er to 20,000 points

JoeSportsFanSenior Analyst INovember 13, 2009

November 13, 1964

On this day, the St. Louis Hawks’ Bob Pettit became the first NBA player to reach 20,000 points.  Impressive.  Even more impressive; St. Louis once supported a basketball team.  Now that’s crazy talk.

Pettite was also the first recipient of the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award in 1955 and nicknamed “Dutch” throughout his playing career – which probably infuriates Darren Daulton when he teleports back to this time era.

Impress your co-workers: Kobe Bryant is the youngest player (29 years, 122 days) in NBA history to reach the 20,000 point mark.  Wilt Chamberlain holds the record for reaching the milestone in the fewest amount of games (499).  Chamberlain’s accomplishment is pretty insane, considering Michael Jordan was the second fastest to reach the mark at 620 games.

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