NBA 30K Club: Who Are the 7 Elite Basketball Players Description
February 20, 2018
LeBron James has reached a milestone of scoring more than 30,000 points in his NBA career. This makes LeBron the seventh legend of the exclusive NBA 30K Club.
The 30K Club is exclusive to players who have reached more than 30,000 points during their career. Before James, the club members include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Dirk Nowitzki, and Michael Jordan.
The magic moment when LeBron James hit the 30,000th mark was during the last second of the first quarter of the Cleveland vs San Antonio game in January 2018. He pulled off a shot over Danny Green and became the seventh member of the NBA 30K Club and the youngest to do so at the age of 33.
LeBron’s 30,000th point also landed him an ultra-exclusive club where he is the sole member. He is the only NBA player in history to have 30,000 points, 7,000 rebounds, and 7,000 assists. He can surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most points in the club if he continues to play and improve his scoring average.
The Hall of Famer is currently the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored a total of 38,387 throughout his career. Apart from being the top scorer of the NBA, he was the third-ranking player in rebound with 17,440. In addition, he was the first player to play for 20 seasons. Kareem played in 1,560 games before retiring from the NBA.
Even when retired, Kareem was never far from the sport that he loved. He worked as a special assistant coach for L.A. in 2005 and was an assistant to other teams such as the Clippers and the Sonics.
The ‘Mailman’ is the second top scorer of the NBA with 36,928 points. Karl Malone is one of the best power forward players during his playing years with Utah Jazz.
What makes Malone one of the greatest power forwards is his free throw record. He holds the most free throw points successfully made at 9,787. He also has the most free throws attempted where he totaled a number of 13,188. Overall, his free throw percentage is 74.2 percent which is an NBA career highlight for any player.
The 18-time All-Star Lakers player has scored 33,643 points. Kobe Bryant was the top scorer for two seasons in 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. While Kareem was the first player to play for 20 seasons, Bryant was the first to play for 20 seasons in the same franchise. Kareem played for both the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers while Bryant stuck with the L.A. throughout his career.
What makes Kobe Bryant stand out is his dedication to his training. He was relentless to improve himself during his rookie years. Bryant intensified his training when he made it to the NBA. His coach and teammates could attest that he was the first and last one out of the gym. He never relented on his training even when he got injured or if there was a game on the same day.
While the likes of Abdul-Jabbar and Malone reached the highest possible number of scores in an NBA player’s career, Wilt Chamberlain is a different kind of legend. He is all about getting the most points in one game.
Chamberlain is one of the few to achieve 100 points in a single game. He achieved this feat in a Warriors vs Knicks game in March 1962. Philadelphia won over New York with 169-147 and Chamberlain was responsible for more than half of his team’s points.
The sixth legend of the 30K Club is also a member of the 50,000-minute Club. Dirk Nowitzki received his membership in a Mavericks game against the LA Clippers earlier this month.
Being a member of the 50,000-minute Club is a testament to Nowitzki’s longevity and durability. This club only has six members: Karl Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elvin Hayes, Jason Kidd, and Kevin Garnett.
Very few players made such an impact in the NBA as Michael Jordan. Most fans of the sport, team players, and even his opponents regard him as the best player of all time.
Mike’s greatest asset in the NBA is his charm and style. His personality helped attract an incredible amount of new viewership to professional basketball. This is evident in the popularity of his Air Jordan shoes.