PORTLAND, OR - FEBUARY 6: Brook Lopez #11 of the Milwaukee Bucks goes to the basket during the game on Febuary 6, 2023 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon.

The list of NBA players 7-foot or taller with 15,000+ career points is shorter than imagined.

Otherwise, it’s what you’d expect. It includes perennial All-Stars, NBA champions and a tall but small gang already immortalized in the Hall of Fame. We’ll quench your curiosity right away – it also features two former Bucks and a couple more presently representing the city of Milwaukee.

How short is the catalog of 7-footers who’ve scored 15K points? It stood at 12 this time Monday.

Then Milwaukee won its eighth game in a row, crushing Portland 127-108, late Tuesday night at Moda Center, home of the Blazers, and another player was added to make it a baker’s dozen.

In case you missed it, that person was Bucks center Brook Lopez. True to his “Splash Mountain” nickname, Lopez used a 3-pointer from the top of the arc minutes after halftime to make history.

Lopez finished the contest with 27 points – his fourth instance this season with 25 or more – on 9-for-12 shooting and a 2-for-5 clip from outside, giving him 15,007 points in 921 career games.

His teammate, two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, ranks 11th on the list with 15,706 points via 699 appearances in the Association, by the way – FYI, they’re the only two active players.

When Lopez was asked by Bally Sports Wisconsin reporter Zora Stephenson after the rout whether he knew he had the ability, aka the opportunity, to break the 15,000-point barrier Tuesday, he said: “I was made aware at shootaround this morning, so I obviously tried to keep it out of my mind, just play how I normally do, but it’s very cool to reach that milestone tonight.”

In descending order of points, Lopez’s feat connected him with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dirk Nowitzki, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, Robert Parish, Pau Gasol, David Robinson, Kevin Willis, the aforementioned Greek Freak and Artis Gilmore.

In that group, there’s eight Hall of Fame inductees and a potential ninth soon – Nowitzki is a lock to enter in 2023, his first year of eligibility – 129 combined All-Star nods and 26 total NBA titles.

More than enough evidence that Lopez, the No. 10 overall draft pick in 2008, is having a special run in the NBA – in the sense that he’s scored a ton relative to others his size and his longevity.

“It’s wild,” Lopez said of the accomplishment. “I’m thankful for all my coaches and teammates who’ve helped me get here, helped put me in a position to succeed in the league for this long.”

Lopez called the moment “surreal,” an accurate application of an overused word.

From Day 1 in the NBA to 2016-17, Lopez poured in 10,444 points for the Nets organization. Highlights in his first nine seasons were a single All-Star Game (2012-13) and 13 playoff dates.

In his lone campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017-18, Lopez scored another 961 points.

When Lopez joined Milwaukee five years ago at the ripe age of 30, he was amidst a transformation. Two seasons earlier, he expanded his game to the 3-point line. In Year 1 with the Bucks, Lopez chucked a career-high 512 attempts from behind the arc. He hit 187 or 36.5%.

Fast-forward to Feb. 7. Lopez has 3,602 points in a Milwaukee uniform. He’s drilled more 3s, 499 of them, in 285 games with the Bucks than he did in 636 outings (249) over his first decade.

Among the 7-footers with at least 15K points to their name, Lopez has the second-most treys. Nowitzki leads the band of 13 comfortably, with 1,982 career 3-pointers and a 38% hit rate.

Of course, Nowitzki’s game was predicated on scoring. He’s sixth on the all-time NBA points chart and 15th in 3-point makes. Getting buckets is one of Lopez’s skills, but it’s hardly his best.

So yeah, surreal appropriately describes Lopez’s achievement – he’s one of 13 players 7-foot or taller, out of 273 who’ve tallied at least one point, to notch 15,000 or more across their careers.

Note: The two former Bucks on the list are Abdul-Jabbar, who netted 14,211 of his NBA record 38,387 points in Milwaukee, as well as Gasol, who played all of three games with the club, totaling four points in 2018-19. Nowitzki technically was a Buck, too, traded on draft day in 1998 to the Mavericks for the sixth pick that evening, Robert “Tractor” Traylor. Yikes!

NBA 7-footers with 15,000+ career points
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387 1,560 1 7-2
Dirk Nowitzki 31,560 1,522 1,982 7-0
Wilt Chamberlain 31,419 1,045 N/A 7-1
Shaquille O'Neal 28,596 1,207 1 7-1
Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946 1,238 25 7-0
Patrick Ewing 24,815 1,183 19 7-0
Robert Parish 23,334 1,611 0 7-1
Pau Gasol 20,894 1,226 179 7-0
David Robinson 20,790 987 25 7-1
Kevin Willis 17,253 1,424 40 7-0
Giannis Antetokounmpo 15,706 699 482 7-0
Artis Gilmore 15,579 909 1 7-2
Brook Lopez 15,007 921 748 7-0