An 18-year-old Kobe Bryant scored his first NBA point on Nov. 5, 1996 -- exactly 19 years ago -- against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. It was the first of 32,545 points (and counting) for Bryant, who in his 20th season with the Los Angeles Lakers trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone on the league's career scoring list.
Point No. 1 of Bryant's career came at the free throw line in his second NBA game. He played three minutes, missing his lone field goal attempt and going 1-for-2 from the charity stripe. His first basket didn't come until the following night, when he went 2-for-3 from the field, including his first 3-pointer, to score five points against the Charlotte Hornets -- the team that selected him with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 draft before trading his rights to the Lakers for center Vlade Divac.
Garnett and Bryant are the only players still active from that 1996-97 season. Byron Scott was Bryant's teammate that year and now is his head coach. And what about Bryant's current Lakers teammates? Here is how old they were when he scored his first point 19 years ago.
Metta World Peace: 16 years old (born Nov. 13, 1979)
Marcelo Huertas: 13 years, 5 months (May 25, 1983)
Brandon Bass: 11 years, 6 months (April 30, 1985)
Nick Young: 11 years, 5 months (June 1, 1985)
Lou Williams: 10 years old (Oct. 27, 1986)
Roy Hibbert: 9 years, 10 months (Dec. 11, 1986)
Robert Sacre: 7 years, 4 months (June 6, 1989)
Ryan Kelly: 5 years, 6 months (April 9, 1991)
Tarik Black: 4 years, 11 months (Nov. 22, 1991)
Jordan Clarkson: 4 years, 4 months (June 7, 1992)
Anthony Brown: 4 years old (Oct. 10, 1992)
Larry Nance Jr.: 3 years, 10 months (Jan. 1, 1993)
Julius Randle: 1 year, 11 months old (Nov. 29, 1994)
D'Angelo Russell: 8 months (Feb. 23, 1996)