By: Thomas Suggs
On Saturday, January 25, we witnessed history in Philadelphia, when LeBron James drove and made a layup to move to third on the all-time scoring list. He became just the 3rd player to score 33,644 points.
He also holds many more scoring records, including youngest player to reach 25,000; the only player to record a triple-double against every team; and the only player to score 33,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, and 8,000 assists.
A few days before passing Kobe, Lebron had this to say on being linked with the greats: “Anytime I’m mentioned with the greats, um, you know this year I’ve been linked to Michael Jordan, to Isiah Thomas with the assist record, and now being mentioned with Kobe Bryant, guys that I’ve looked up to, Kobe for sure I looked up to… and now to be in the same uniform that he wore for 20 years, it’s such a surreal feeling.”
Lebron has passed his two childhood idols on the all-time scoring list and is now getting closer to earning the vote for best of all-time by NBA fans.
1 milestone that he is still trying to accomplish though, would be to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for number 1 on the all-time scoring list.
We can assume that if Lebron James keeps up his points per game (25.2) for 2 more seasons, he will easily surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for number 1 on the all-time scoring list. But if he does regress, let’s say to 20 points a game, he’ll surpass Kareem in 3 seasons.
He could also become the first player to score 40,000 points in his career if he continues to play at a high level over the next five seasons. Lebron has had the highest expectations ever as a player and one of the biggest accolades a player can get is within his reach. He could become the #1 all-time leading scorer. Whatever the case is though, it’s likely that Lebron will pass Kareem on the all-time scoring list.