How many points will Kobe score?

With his ninth point in the second quarter Sunday night in Minnesota, Kobe Bryant has moved past Michael Jordan (32,292) to take possession of third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

Bryant isn't finished piling up points, so to try to project how far he might extend his total during the remainder of this season and 2015-16 -- which Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak recently suggested will be Bryant's last -- I put together a simulation that models his scoring in that span.

The results suggest Bryant has a good chance of becoming the third player in league history to reach 35,000 career points, and he could move into a position where he's one additional season from passing former teammate Karl Malone for second in career scoring.