when you were the younguest to 20,000 points, going forward and being the younguest to 23,000 points isn't a big accomplishment. it's a foregone conclusion. if they're going to keep pumping those up, they should just go all the way with it and drop confetti every time lebron or kobe get a bucket.
But guys like Kareem played 4 years in college before going to the NBA. That's a pretty huge advantage. Kobe and LeBron had to learn everything on the pro level.
I'm ok with "Youngest to...", but they need to save it for good solid numbers like "Youngest to 10,000" and "Youngest to 20,000", etc. It gets ridiculous when we hear "Youngest to 11,000", "Youngest to 12,000", etc.
Because records are meant to be broken. LeBron and Kobe are 2 of the best players that were drafted in HS, and they will have more points than Michael Jordan, when both of them retire in the NBA.
None of them will have better average. And don't be so sure about the points either.
But as for points, well, it takes a serious retard to not understand that they were in the league cca 200 games before Jordan?
Given the Jordans scoring average, that would be cca 6000 points more to MJ if he went that young and uneducated to the league. Fortunately, he decided to school himself and win some NCAA awards and championships first.
And, further on points, Kareem got more points, and Karl. So?
I hate that stuff too. It's like:
"LeBron James is the youngest player to score 10,000 points"
"LeBron James is the youngest player to score 10,001 point"
"LeBron James is the youngest player to score 10,002 points"
*He hit a 3-pointer*
"LeBron James is the youngest player to score 10,005 points"
"He is breaking record after record!"
Lebron is going to overtake a lot of the "youngest to" stats especially in scoring. Now that you need to play a year in college, I dont think there will be anyone to overtake his feats in those departments
i hate that youngest stuff too and especially when they put up the ages of players like wilt, jordan,ect to compare them with. those guys went to college while kobe and lebron came straight from hs, so of course they are gonna reach certain milestones (if you wanna call em that) at a younger age.