LeBron James is already seen by many as one of the 10 greatest NBA players of all time and now he can say that he belongs when it comes to one very prominent category. On Saturday evening, James and the Cleveland Cavaliers faced off against the Philadelphia 76ers in an otherwise anonymous game, but the contest began with the reigning NBA Finals MVP needing only two points to surpass Hakeem Olajuwon for 10th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. As you might expect, he was up to the task.
James wasted no time in zooming past “The Dream”. At the 6:01 mark of the first quarter, James converted a field goal to give Cleveland a 14-7 lead, and that bucket gave him a ridiculous 26,947 points in just over 13 seasons of work. From there, he was able to add on to his ever-growing total, but the first dent in the box score jumped off the page on this evening.
Names like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643) and Michael Jordan (32,292) are safe from James’ assault on the record books for now, but as a consensus top-three player in the game today, LeBron is showing no signs of slowing down. With relatively normal production for the rest of the 2016-2017 season, James should pass both Elvin Hayes and Moses Malone to land in the top eight and, in the coming years, the accomplishments will continue to pile up.
LeBron James is one of the 10-best scorers in NBA history. Despite that, he’s not ready to cruise to the finish line just yet.