On the last day as a 27-year-old, Giannis Antetokounmpo gave himself an early 28th birthday present. With 34 points in the game Monday night against Orlando, Giannis ended the year of being a 27-year-old with 2,028 points.
He became the 28th NBA player in history (to this point) to score 2,000 or more points as a 27-year-old.
With 2,028 points during the year when he was 27, Giannis sits in 26th place with the most points scored as a 27-year-old. Wilt Chamberlain tops this list with 2,948 points.
Players with 2,000 points as 27-year-olds
Here are the 28 players who scored 2,000 or more points in the year they were 27 years of age.
Wilt Chamberlain (2,948), Kobe Bryant (2,832), Michael Jordan (2,611), George Gervin (2,585), Jerry West (2,476), Shaquille O’Neal (2,463), Oscar Robertson (2,432), Karl Malone (2,382), James Harden (2,365), Dwyane Wade (2,348).
Patrick Ewing (2,347), Steph Curry (2,330), LeBron James (2,311), Allen Iverson (2,262), Dominique Wilkins (2,253), Paul Westphal (2,187), Purvis Short (2,182), Joel Embiid (2,165), Dirk Nowitzki (2,151), Bernard King (2,142).
Isaiah Thomas (2,114), Chris Mullin (2,107), Moses Malone (2,072), Charles Barkley (2,050), Kevin Durant (2,029), Giannis Antetokounmpo (2,028), DeMar DeRozan (2,020), Mark Aguirre (2,007).
If Giannis is looking for a goal as a 28-year-old in the NBA, how about this? Elgin Baylor holds the league record for most points scored as a 28-year-old with 2,719 points. Or what about this goal… 30 players in NBA history have scored 2,000 or more points as a 28-year-old?
Giannis tops this stat for 2022-23
One other quick stat from Monday night’s Bucks’ game. Giannis had 13 rebounds to go along with his 34 points. That’s the ninth game this year that Giannis had 30+ points and 10+ rebounds in the same game. That tops the league.
Here are the players this year with the most games with 30+ points and 10+ rebounds in the same game.
9-Giannis Antetokounmpo (the Bucks are 8-1 in these games)
6-Joel Embiid, Anthony Davis, Jayson Tatum
Twenty-six players have had at least one game this year with 30 or more points and 10 or more rebounds.
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