LeBron James has confirmed his status as one of the most dominant NBA players in history after passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring record.
The 38-year-old passed Abdul-Jabbar’s mark of 38,387 points with a step-back fadeaway jumper from the foul line over the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kenrich Williams with 10.9 seconds remaining in the third quarter on Tuesday night.
But while Abdul-Jabbar took 1,560 games to record his total, James set his record in just over 1,400 appearances. Michael Jordan has the most points per game in NBA history with 30.1. James is fifth on that list with 27.1, just behind another active player, Kevin Durant (27.3).
Abdul-Jabbar, who had held the record since April 1984, has said he welcomes James’ progress. “I want [other players] to break my records because doing so is one more benchmark of human progress,” he wrote for the Guardian in 2019. “… Each time an athlete demonstrates that a person is capable of more than we thought, they have inspired all of humanity to realize that they are capable of reaching further than they thought possible.”
James’ march to the scoring record seemed almost preordained. He was given the media attention usually devoted to professional athletes while still in high school and scored his first NBA points, for his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, when he was 18 (unlike James, Abdul-Jabbar played college basketball and did not score his first points in the league until he was 22). His accumulation of scoring records has also been helped by the fact that he has avoided serious injuries, and James has only missed significant playing.Now with the new all time scoring title ,four NBA championships along with being a four time MVP. LeBron James created history on this day.
Far from just a scoring machine – he even has the fourth-most assists in NBA history, and is known for his leadership skills on the court.
and has won at least one title with each of his three teams, the Cavaliers, Lakers and Miami Heat salute King James!