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Monday, October 1, 2012
Stats and information from Stats and Information

By Brian Kamenetzky

The fine folks at ESPN Stats and Information have been digging for juicy little nuggets heading into Monday's media day kickoff to the 2012-13 season, and were kind enough to send them along.

Here are a few of the more interesting bits of information, along with milestones to watch for over the course of the year:

1. "Kobe Bryant enters the season 5th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, 1,935 points behind Wilt Chamberlain for 4th. Bryant has scored at least 1,936 points in each of the last six full 82-game seasons.

Most Points in NBA History
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar     38,387
Karl Malone                     36,928
Michael Jordan          32,292
Wilt Chamberlain                31,419
Kobe Bryant                     29,484

Bryant is also 287 free-throw makes away from tying Oscar Robertson for 3rd on the all-time list for free throws made." 2. "In 33 games before the break last season, Metta World Peace averaged just 4.9 PPG on 33.5% from the field -- and 23% from 3-point range. But after the break, he averaged 10.7 PPG in 31 games on a more respectable 43% from the field and 33% from 3-point range." 3. "NEXT-LEVEL: Kobe Bryant led the league in usage percentage last season. Usage percentage is the percent of team possessions used by a player when on the floor. The last time Bryant had a usage percentage below 30 percent for a season? In 2003-04 (28.6), when he played alongside Shaquille O’Neal, Karl Malone and Gary Payton. But even in that season, Bryant’s 28.6 usage percentage was a team high." 4. "The Elias Sports Bureau tells us that it's just the FOURTH TIME IN NBA HISTORY a team added two players in one offseason who had each been previously chosen for the All-Star game six or more times. The Lakers will hope to follow the path of the Celtics from five years ago -- Boston won the title after it acquired both Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in the summer of 2007.

Added 2 Players In Same Offseason Each Selected To 6+ All-Star Teams

2012 Lakers      Steve Nash          Dwight Howard
2010 Celtics     Shaquille O'Neal    Jermaine O'Neal
2007 Celtics     Kevin Garnett       Ray Allen
2003 Lakers      Karl Malone         Gary Payton" 5. "Nash is 225 assists away from tying Magic Johnson for 4th on the all-time assist list, a mark he will likely pass while wearing a Lakers uniform.

Most Career Assists NBA History
John Stockton     15,806
Jason Kidd        11,842
Mark Jackson      10,334
Magic Johnson     10,141
Steve Nash         9,916 6. "33 -- combined No. of All-Star selections of the Lakers projected starting 5 of Kobe Bryant (14), Steve Nash (8), Dwight Howard (6), Pau Gasol (4) and Metta World Peace (1)."