After nearly two decades in the NBA, LeBron James is about to become the league’s all-time leading scorer.
After scoring 20 points in the Lakers’ 113-104 win over the Spurs Wednesday night, James sits 158 points behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. Abdul-Jabbar scored 38,387 points during his two-decade career with the Bucks and Lakers.
One game earlier, James became the first player in NBA history to score at least 40 points in a game against all 30 NBA teams. It was the 69th time James has scored 40 or more in a game.
While both players had lengthy careers, James is about to become the league’s scoring leader while playing fewer games. He has played 155 fewer games than Abdul-Jabbar.
Given James averages 27.2 points a game, he is on pace to set the record Feb. 7 against Oklahoma City.
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Top 5 NBA scorers (as of Jan. 26, 2023)
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387)
- LeBron James (38,230)
- Karl Malone (36,928)
- Kobe Bryant (33,643)
- Michael Jordan (32,292)