His team won’t necessarily win a lot of games – in fact, they could have another really rough season if they can’t figure out how to make their lineup work.
But James will still find great success no matter how the rest of his LA squad does.
That is because he is very close to surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s historic all-time scoring record.
James surpassed Karl Malone for second on the all-time list last season and will start the new season with 37,062 points, behind Abdul-Jabbar by just 1,325.
In order for LeBron James to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in points next season, he must…
Average 16.2 PPG for 82 games
Average 18.9 PPG for 70 games
Average 22.1 PPG for 60 games
Average 26.5 PPG for 50 games
Average 32.3 PPG for 41 games
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James has multiple routes to claim this major milestone.
He needs to just average 16.2 points per game if he plays in 82 games, 18.9 points if he is in 70, 22.1 points if he’s in 60, 26.5 if he plays in 50, and 32.3 if he plays in 41.
It is true that James has experienced more injuries than ever before over the last few seasons but it seems very likely that he will easily be able to overcome Abdul-Jabbar’s legendary high-water mark.
The King On Top
When James is able to achieve this feat, a lot of people will speak of him as the greatest of all time – again.
Of course, that will come with a lot of debate as others will say that James isn’t nearly as good as the numbers suggest.
But facts are facts and even if you hate James you will not be able to deny that outdoing Abdul-Jabbar is a huge deal.
Players like James don’t come around often.
It’ll be a long time before someone passes by him as he passed by Abdul-Jabbar.