Kobe Bryant scored the first field goal of his NBA career against the Hornets. The bucket was a 3-pointer and it came in the second quarter of a non-descript game in Charlotte on Nov. 6, 1996.

Sixteen years and 30,000 points later, Bryant continues to fill it up.

On Wednesday night at New Orleans Arena, the Lakers superstar joined select company when he swished a short baseline jumper in the second quarter of a 103-87 win against the Hornets to surpass the hallowed 30,000-point threshold.

In eclipsing the ultimate milestone of scoring prolificacy, Bryant joined four of the game's giants: big men Karl Malone; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; and Wilt Chamberlain; and Bryant's idol, Michael Jordan.

Bryant reached the mark earlier than the others, primarily because he started playing earlier. Bryant was only 18 when he made that 3 in Charlotte, the youngest player in NBA history.