Kobe and LeBron by the numbers
Kobe Bryant has already climbed to No. 18 on the NBA's all-time scoring list
LeBron James' career scoring average of 27.5 is tops among active players
As LeBron James and Kobe Bryant battle for the 2008-09 MVP award and their teams compete for the best record in the NBA, here's a look at some of the notable facts and figures that have helped define the careers of the two superstars. (All stats are through April 1 unless otherwise noted.)
0 -- Number of players besides Kobe who have a no-trade clause.
1 -- Current ranking on list of NBA's most popular jerseys, based on sales at the NBA Store in New York City and NBAStore.com.
1.0000 -- Kobe's Hall of Fame probability, according to Basketball-Reference.com.
2 -- Number of players in Lakers history (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jerry West) with more points than Kobe, who moved ahead of Elgin Baylor on Feb. 22, 2009.
3 -- NBA championships and All-Star Game MVPs, the latter one shy of Bob Pettit's record.
5 -- Career 60-point games, trailing only Wilt Chamberlain (32).
9 -- Consecutive 40-point games (during the 2002-03 season), tied for third most in NBA history.
11 -- Consecutive All-Star Game starts.
24 -- Career 50-point games, ranking behind only Wilt Chamberlain (118) and Michael Jordan (31).
35.4 -- Scoring average in 2005-06, the eight-highest total in NBA history.
56.4 -- Points per 48 minutes of "clutch time" (five-point game in the last five minutes of regulation or overtime) in 2008-09, best in the league, according to 82games.com.
61 -- Points scored at New York on Feb. 2, 2009, a Madison Square Garden record.
81 -- Points scored against Toronto on Jan. 22, 2006, the second-highest-scoring game in NBA history.
23,663 -- Career points, 18th all time; Kobe, in his 928th game over 13 seasons, recently passed Robert Parish, who needed 1,611 games over 21 seasons to collect 23,334 points.
0 -- Playoff-series victories for Cleveland in the 10 seasons immediately before LeBron arrived.
0.999 -- LeBron's Hall of Fame probability, according to Basketball-Reference.com.
1 -- Number of appearances each on Vogue and GQ covers.
2 -- Players currently with a more popular jersey (Kobe and Kevin Garnett).
5 -- Playoff-series victories for Cleveland in LeBron's first five seasons.
17 -- "Game-winning shots" (24 seconds or less left, team either tied or down one or two points) from the start of the 2003-04 season to Feb. 2, 2009, an NBA high that includes playoff games, according to 82games.com.
18 -- Difference in wins for the Cavs from their last season without LeBron (17) to his rookie year (35).
24-35 -- Age, in years and days, on Feb. 3, 2009, when he became the fastest player to reach 12,000 points.
25 -- Consecutive points scored for his team to close out a 109-107 victory against the Pistons in Game 5 of the 2007 Eastern Conference finals.
27-6-6 -- Point, rebound and assist thresholds reached the past four seasons, joining Oscar Robertson as the only players to accomplish the feat.
27.5 -- Career scoring average, tops among active players.
30.0 -- Points per game in 2007-08, making him the first Cav to win a scoring title.
40.6 -- Career average for minutes; only Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson and Allen Iverson have averaged that much in a career.
55.9 -- Points per 48 minutes of clutch time in 2008-09, second to Kobe's 56.4, according to 82games.com.
446 -- Consecutive games to start his career with at least one assist, snapped Feb. 26, 2009, in Houston.
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