Will LeBron James be the NBA’s all-time leading scorer next season? How many points is James behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar?

Is LeBron James the greatest basketball player of all time? I do not know. And I’m not here to try to convince you one way or the other. What’s undeniable is that LeBron is close to topping one of the most important stat lists in the game.

The King on the Edge of History

The Akron boy, who has been in the national spotlight since his junior year of high school, lived up to and exceeded all expectations that weighed on his broad shoulders when he was picked the number one pick overall in the 2003 NBA draft.

He has won everything there is to win over the course of his almost 20-year career. The current Los Angeles Laker is a four-time NBA champion with four Finals MVP honors and four-time league MVP honors. He’s only been a top scorer once in his career, back in 2008 when he averaged 28.4 points per game with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Love him or hate him, the 18-time All-Star has left basketball fans with no choice but to make him the subject of conversation with the best player every game of the game. He, along with Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlin and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (insert into this list who you think appropriate) are widely considered the GOATs, however James says he never got the credit for how good a goalscorer he is.

Kareem is in James’ sight

In his 19 years in the league, he has averaged over 20 points per game every season. Outside of his rookie year, when he averaged 20.9 points, he never went below 25 points per game. He averaged 25 per game in the 2020 season and responded with 30.3 per game for Los Angeles last year in a tragic season for the Lakers.

With his incredible longevity and fantastically consistent batting average, it was only a matter of time before LeBron started flirting with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record 38,387 points.

James passed Karl Malone for second on the all-time list last season and will go into next season with 37,062 career points, just 1,325 points behind the former Lakers big man.

That means if James plays in all 82 games, he only needs an average of 16.15 points per game to tie Abdul-Jabbar. It’s doubtful James will play all 82 regular-season games considering he’s close to turning 38 in December, but if he plays 56 games like last season, he’ll only need 23.6 points per night. a number he has achieved in each of his NBA seasons, not counting his rookie year.

Leave a Comment