These NBA players are the youngest and fastest to score 25,000 points

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As we’ve discussed in previous scoring milestone posts, the youngest to score X amount of points doesn’t mean that they’re the fastest to that same point milestone.

The youngest to 20,000, 25,000 or 30,000 points depends on so many different factors at play. It’s not easy to get a good picture because it relies on the age the player was drafted into the league, if they were injured for any amount of time, when they declared for the NBA draft out of college much less if they even attended college. The fact that Lebron James and Kobe Bryant skipped college entirely puts them in better position to be the “youngest”.

For those that are interested in this fun, but unfair comparison, here’s the list of players that were the youngest to accomplish 25,000 regular season NBA points.

Youngest to 25,000 Points
Rank Player Age (Years) Months/Days
1 LeBron James 30 years 307 days
2 Kobe Bryant 31 years 151 days
3 Wilt Chamberlain 31 years 6 months 6 days
4 Karl Malone 33 years 228 days
5 Carmelo Anthony 33 years 243 days
6 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 33 years 249 days
7 Michael Jordan 33 years 287 days
8 Oscar Robertson 34 years 8 days
9 Dirk Nowitzki 34 years 9 months 26 days
10 Shaquille O’Neal 34 years 11 months 21 days
11 Dominique Wilkins 35 years 1 month 24 days
12 Moses Malone 35 years 7 months 29 days
13 Hakeem Olajuwon 36 years 37 days

The Real List of “Fastest to 25,000 Points”

Again, youngest and fastest are completely different discussions. With a more data-centric approach that removes a lot of those unfair factors, the much more accurate look at talent and scoring ability is to use games played as the primary measure of “fastest.” With that, here’s the players that reached the 25,000 point plateau the fastest, according to how many games they played to reach it.

Fastest to 25,000 Points
Rank Player Games Played Info
1 Wilt Chamberlain 691 more
2 Michael Jordan 782 more
3 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 889 more
4 Lebron james 915 more
5 Oscar Robertson 917 more
6 Jerry West 920 more
7 Shaquille O'Neal 958 more
8 Karl Malone 959 more
9 Dominique Wilkins 960 more
10 Kobe Bryant 989 more
N/A Dirk Nowitzki 1106 more
N/A Carmelo Anthony 1024 more
N/A Hakeem Olajuwon 1057 more
N/A Paul Pierce 1175 more

Surprisingly we could only find the top five for this “fastest” list. From there we had to do some research and light math to get games played info for when Oscar, West, Shaq, Malone, Dominique and Kobe hit the 25,000 point milestone. As you can tell, we’re still populating the numbers past the top ten. Stay tuned for more info.

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