LeBron James moved up to third in the all-time scorer list. He shifted Kobe Bryant, who was previously ranked. James did it when the Los Angeles Lakers faced the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, Saturday, January 25, 2020 local time.
James, who has 33,626 points, is only 17 points clear of Bryant before competing against the Sixers. He needs at least 18 points to shift Bryant. Today, James scored 29 points.
The King needed 16 seasons to remove Bryant. While Bryant himself takes 20 seasons to collect 33,643 points. That means, James scored more points than Bryant in a shorter time.
Above James, now only Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He needs around 3273 points to equal Malone’s record. If James is able to score 20 points per game for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season and the next two seasons, he could potentially shift Malone in second place. Incidentally James pocketed a contract until 2023 with the Lakers.
Since its inaugural appearance in the NBA in 2003, James is well known as a point machine. He even scored 31.4 points per match when defending the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2005-2006. His name became more obvious in the list of NBA best points scorers as time went by. James continues to rise past legendary names such as Hakeem Olajuwon, Wilt Chamberlain, and Michael Jordan.
Now, James has reached number three. He is around 4732 points with Abdul-Jabbar in first place. James may not necessarily be able to get up there, but the potential is there. Especially considering what he had done so far. James is often able to break records. (GNP)