Even if his Lakers aren’t winning games, LeBron James is still setting records. LeBron came into Wednesday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets needing just 13 points to pass up Kobe Bryant for the fourth spot all-time in NBA scoring. LeBron scored his 13th point in the middle of the second quarter, giving him sole possession of fourth place on the scoring list, as the small forward adds yet another milestone to his illustrious career.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 38,387
- Karl Malone – 36,928
- Kobe Bryant – 33,643
- LeBron James – 32,311
It’s time to do some math. Let’s just speculate, and say that LeBron James will continue his scoring pace of this season (27.1 points per game). This means that it will take LeBron 50 games to overcome the 1,332 point difference between himself and Kobe Bryant, a feat that would be completed next season if James can stay healthy and productive. To get to the number on spot, LeBron would have to overcome the 6,076 point deficit he faces against Abdul-Jabbar. Using the same calculations as before, it would take LeBron 225 games to pass up every name on this list, a feat that would be accomplished in just under three seasons. Considering the high level that LeBron has played at this year, he has a real shot at ending his career on top of the NBA All-Time scoring list.
As for the game against the Nuggets on Wednesday, LeBron went on to lead all scorers with 31 points, but LA came up short, losing to the Nuggets 115-99. The loss was the fourth in a row for LA, who are rapidly falling out of playoff contention in the Western Conference. The Lakers are now 6.5 games back from a playoff spot, and will need a miracle to sneak into the postseason.