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Mar 29 2013 2:19PM

Kobe vs. Wilt: More Similar Than You Think

They're both Philadelphia-bred and went on to become legendary champs for the Los Angeles Lakers. They're both at the top of the list for most points scored in a single NBA game. That's about where all the similiarities end between Kobe Bryant and Wilt Chamberlain, right?

Nope. As Kobe Bryant heads into the weekend just 5 points shy of passing Wilt Chamberlain on the NBA's all-time career scoring list, the two legends have a lot more in common than you'd think. While Wilt was a prolific scorer on the block, scoring 80.7% of his points on 2P FGs, Kobe has scored 25% of his points from foul line (83.7% FT) and 15.6% of his points from beyond the arc.

Despite the glaring differences in their styles of play and shot selection, their overall career production has been quite similar. Wilt produced 1.34 points per shot, attempting one every 2.03 minutes; Kobe has produced 1.30 points per shot, letting it fly once every 1.87 minutes.

Free throws is one fundamental area where these two Lakers greats differ. Chamberlain shot 51.1 percent from the line compared to Bryant's 83.7 percent. If Kobe shot at the same percentage as Wilt did, he would be more than 3,000 points behind Wilt's career total of 31,419. Meanwhile, if Chamberlain shot 83.7 percent from the line, he'd have 35,289 points. That's almost 3,000 points more than the NBA's 3rd all-time scorer - Michael Jordan (32,292 points).