LeBron James eclipsed fellow Los Angeles Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s career by 38,387 points Tuesday night in front of an enthusiastic home crowd, more points than any other NBA player in history.
It is the first time a new name has topped his NBA all-time rankings since April 5, 1984, when Abdul-Jabbar surpassed Wilt’s Chamberlain’s 31,419 points.
About nine months after Abdul-Jabbar his Chamberlain stole the record, LeBron James was born. Abdul-Jabbar continued to score points using the Sky-Hook until his retirement in 1989 at the age of 42.
The 38-year-old James set his career record by scoring his 36th point on his fadeaway jumper late in the third quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Abdul-Jabbar, along with countless other celebrities, oversaw the completion.
The NBA called off the game for an on-court ceremony in which Abdul his Jabbar and James hugged. James emotionally addressed the crowd about what he just did.
Midway through his 20th NBA season, James broke a record that had stood for nearly 39. Throughout his career, James averaged 27.2 points per game with a 50.5 percent field goal percentage. the king stands on top
The NBA only uses regular season games to tally its scoring record. That means his 7,631 points James scored in his 266 playoff games are not part of the official tally.
Even before James began his professional career right out of high school, when the game’s next big player was announced, he had no idea. Currently, he’s number one on lists ranging from Abdul-Jabbar to Karl Malone to Kobe Bryant to Michael Jordan. Dirk Nowitzki and Wilt He is one of only seven NBA players to have scored over 30,000 points if you add Chamberlain.
James has one of the most complete stat sheets of any of the NBA’s all-time leading scorers, averaging 7.5 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game.
James, who took over one of the most respected brands in the sport, at least he is one of only 10 of his players to have played in the NBA for 20 seasons. In that time, he has made his 10th appearance in the NBA Finals, the last of four titles coming his way in 2020.
A scoring record is not only a testament to an athlete’s scoring ability, it is also a testament to their stamina and longevity. And in James’ case, his stats show his unmatched versatility.
James is only one of his seven NBA players and is the only non-point guard at his career to have his assists tally surpass his 10,000. He is also the only player on this shortlist where he has over 22,000 points.
Among active players, the Lakers forward leads in career rebounds and he is second in steals. James has suffered more losses at most points in his career this season, leaving the Lakers stranded in the bottom half of the Western Conference. His star, his teammate Anthony Davis, missed much of the time due to a fatigue injury in his right leg.
Chasing Abdul Jabbar scoring record, James recently joined the legendary Lakers at the helm of another of his NBA categories when James was named to his 19th NBA All-Star team. joined the center. He will captain the game on February 19th in Salt Lake City.