Celebrate the 19th anniversary of Kobe Bryant's first NBA point

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.

Bryant went scoreless in his NBA debut on Nov. 3, missing his only shot attempt during six minutes on the floor against Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Great Western Forum.

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.

For more perspective, the NBA's youngest current player, Phoenix Suns rookie Devin Booker, was born Oct. 30, 1996, six days before Bryant's first point.