Can KG be a top 10 scorer in NBA history?
March, 18, 2013
By Joe Kaiser | ESPN Insider
Kevin Garnett has a chance to become one of the top 10 scorers in NBA history. With 25,201 career points, KG is currently No. 15 on the all-time list -- just 78 points behind No. 14 Reggie Miller and 1509 behind Oscar Robertson for No. 10. What are the chances he passes the Big O to crack the top 10?
Garnett is signed for two more seasons, and he'll surely have to play out his contract and remain relatively injury free in both seasons to have a shot. He's scored 899-1056 points per season in each of the last five years, but even if his scoring tails off a bit at age 37 and 38 he still is in good shape to pass the Big O.
Consider this: KG has 15 games remaining this season, and 164 games over the next two seasons. That's 179 total games. If he plays in even 133 of those games (75 percent) and averages 11.5 PPG, it'll be enough to crack the all-time Top 10.
Two other things to mention, though, are the presence of Dirk Nowitzki and Paul Pierce on the all-time list. Nowitzki is currently less than 500 points behind Garnett and is No. 18 overall, while Pierce is less than 1500 behind KG and is No. 20 overall. If either passes KG, it'll mean that Garnett will have to pass No. 9 Hakeem Olajuwon to stay in the top 10. Olajuwon is 236 points ahead of Robertson.