It’s been over 30 years since he played the game but he’s still considered perhaps the greatest NBA player ever.
And he recently revealed a very surprising fact about his legendary career.
“I am still the all-time leading scorer in the @NBA and I only made one three-point shot.”
— The Tonight Show (@FallonTonight) June 21, 2022
Sitting down with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, Abdul-Jabbar spoke about the modern NBA and the success of the reigning champs, the Golden State Warriors.
Noting just how great Steph Curry and his team are at shooting threes, Abdul-Jabbar mentioned a surprising fact, saying, “I am still the all-time leading scorer in the NBA and I only made one three-point shot.”
Sure enough, he’s right: Abdul-Jabbar only sank one three-pointer in his career, and yet he still holds the title of the all-time point leader for the league.
During his 20 seasons in the NBA, Abdul-Jabbar only attempted 18 three-pointers and sank just one of them.
It came towards the end of his career, in his 1986 season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The truth is that the three-pointer didn’t even exist for a lot of his time in the league.
But even when it became a part of the NBA, many players weren’t too keen on it.
More importantly, most coaches advised against shooting threes, which is wild when you consider how often it’s used today.
No matter, Abdul-Jabbar still beats the pants off of everyone else to ever play the game.
His 38,387 points are still the most that anyone has ever scored in the NBA.
So even without the three-pointer, Abdul-Jabbar is still the GOAT.
Now, just imagine how many points he’d have if he did makes threes when he played.