Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates a basket against the Suns during...

Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates a basket against the Suns during the second half of a game on Oct. 24 in Phoenix. Credit: AP/Matt York

A look at the top 10 NBA career scoring leaders (stats updated through 2018-19 regular season):

The Lakers' Kareem Abdul-Jabbar takes a hook shot against the...

The Lakers' Kareem Abdul-Jabbar takes a hook shot against the New Jersey Nets at the Brendan Byrne Arena, in East Rutherford, New Jersey on May 16, 1986. Credit: Newsday/Jim Cummins

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Points: 38,387
Teams: Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers
Years: 1969-89

Karl Malone of Utah shoots in the first half against...

Karl Malone of Utah shoots in the first half against the Knicks on Dec. 15, 2000. Credit: Newsday/John Keating

2. Karl Malone

Points: 36,928
Teams: Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers
Years: 1985-2004

Lakers forward Kobe Bryant shoots a free throw against the...

Lakers forward Kobe Bryant shoots a free throw against the Knicks during a game at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 8, 2015. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

3. Kobe Bryant

Points: 33,643
Teams: Los Angeles Lakers
Years: 1996-2016

The Cavaliers' LeBron James reacts after a basket in the second...

The Cavaliers' LeBron James reacts after a basket in the second half of a game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 13, 2017. Credit: Jim McIsaac

4. LeBron James

Points: 32,543
Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers
Years: 2003-present

The Bulls' Michael Jordan drives past the Knicks' John Starks...

The Bulls' Michael Jordan drives past the Knicks' John Starks during the second half of a game at Madison Square Garden. Credit: NEWSDAY -SAVE/Paul Bereswill

5. Michael Jordan

Points: 32,292
Teams: Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards
Years: 1984-93, 1994-98, 2001-03

The Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki reacts after a play in the...

The Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki reacts after a play in the first half against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 7, 2015. Credit: Jim McIsaac

6. Dirk Nowitzki

Points: 31,560
Teams: Dallas Mavericks
Years: 1998-present

The Philadelphia Warriors' Wilt Chamberlain shoots over Boston defenders in Philadelphia in...

The Philadelphia Warriors' Wilt Chamberlain shoots over Boston defenders in Philadelphia in March 1960. Credit: AP

7. Wilt Chamberlain

Points: 31,419
Teams: Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers
Years: 1959-73

The Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal goes in for the dunk againast...

The Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal goes in for the dunk againast the Knicks in the first quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 19, 2003. Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

8. Shaquille O'Neal

Points: 28,596
Teams: Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics
Years: 1992-2011

Atlanta Hawks' Moses Malone takes a shot in 1990.

Atlanta Hawks' Moses Malone takes a shot in 1990. Credit: AP/Al Messerschmidt Archive

9. Moses Malone

Points: 27,409
Teams: Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Bullets, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs
Years: 1976-95

The Washington Bullets' Elvin Hayes dunks the ball against the Knicks at...

The Washington Bullets' Elvin Hayes dunks the ball against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden in on Oct. 22, 1977. Credit: AP/Carlos Rene Perez

10. Elvin Hayes

Points: 27,313
Teams: San Diego/Houston Rockets, Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets
Years: 1968-84

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