Lakers: Predicting when LeBron James will break Kareem’s scoring record

LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Positive character traits have the ability to extend the span of athletes’ careers. Consistency is one of them. In 2003, a teenager from Akron, Ohio, introduced himself to millions of fans. Since then, the King has taken over the NBA. His abilities are unmatched, drawing comparisons to those of legends who paved the way.

LeBron James is on pace to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in total career points in his twentieth season. An accolade of this caliber is noteworthy, creating anticipation among basketball enthusiasts spanning all ages. As the All-Star break approaches, when can we expect King James to become the all-time leading scorer?

Reaching Abdul-Jabbar’s record will solidify LeBron’s legacy even more.

April 22nd, 1989, was an iconic day for the association. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played his final regular-season game on this date. When the final buzzer sounded, the former first-round pick was part of NBA history.

Six NBA Championships, nineteen All-Star appearances, and six MVP awards narrated Jabbar’s career. He was a winner, and the stats spoke for themselves. No. 33 also retired as the league’s leading scorer (38, 387), establishing expectations for the next trailblazer to uphold.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. His skill set was advanced, setting him apart from his colleagues. When the Lakers needed a big bucket, No. 33 delivered, similar to LeBron in the current era.

This season, King James ranks seventh in points per game (29.1). His efforts on the hardwood have kept Los Angeles afloat in a rocky start to the first half of the season. Darwin Ham’s team sits in the bottom tier of the Western Conference. There’s plenty of time for a comeback, especially when you have No.6 on the roster.

The Lakers’ roster will force LeBron to catch Kareem

There are roughly forty games left to play in the regular season, and the Lakers must make up ground. Establishing their dominance is essential for the squad entering the All-Star break – forcing superstars like LeBron to have sensational performances in upcoming games. His recent showings defend James in his race against father time.

A forty-three-point outing against the Charlotte Hornets sparked the last run of impressive performances. The King scored twenty-five points against the Hawks and thirty-seven points against the Kings within the week.

Consistency will be Los Angeles’ focus for the remainder of the season. A revamped starting five brought new energy to Ham’s team – helping the team pad wins to their record. At the center of it, all is LeBron James, on his way to becoming the new NBA scoring champion.

The Lakers will value LeBron James’ health over Kareem’s record.

The countdown to LeBron’s special night is underway, and many believe it could occur sooner than later. No. 6 trails Kareem’s record by 422 points—a small hill to climb for a reigning scoring champion. If LeBron maintains his points per game average (29.1), he’ll become the new record holder in fourteen games.

A game against the Pelicans on February 4th could gain meaning, but it may take a little longer for things to fall into place. A high ankle sprain is the latest of the minor injuries the King is facing. It will take time for him to recover. LeBron’s status changes throughout the day—a sign the Lakers are managing their superstar’s health.

Making the playoffs is a realistic goal for Darwin Ham’s squad, so it would be wise to let James rest before the playoff hunt. Becoming the all-time leading scorer is inevitable for a player who contributes so much to his team. Adding 422 points to his NBA resume is not a big ask for No. 6 and could happen before the end of February.

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