The Significance of LeBron Passing Kareem’s Scoring Record

LeBron James broke Kareem Abdul-Jabar’s all-time scoring record on Tuesday, February 7th against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Many wondered if LeBron was going to break it against the Thunder, or the Milwaukee Bucks. With him chasing Kareem, LeBron may have wanted to break it against the team that drafted Kareem back in 1969. But none the less, LeBron breaking this record just tightens the G.O.A.T conversation.

Personally, I think LeBron is the greatest player; we have never seen a player this consistent in NBA history. LeBron is the most versatile athlete of all time, he can play the 1 through 5  (Point Guard to Center) and he can defend it at an elite level. He is also a better passer, rebounder, finisher, and shooter; and you can argue that he was a better defender in his prime. Sure Jordan has his Defensive Player of the Year award, but let’s not forget LeBron was robbed in 2011 when the award was handed to Mark Gasol, but that’s a conversation for another day. 

LeBron broke the scoring record by 150 fewer games played than Kareem. That stat alone shows how consistently great this man is. We have never seen a player whose prime is extended to his very late thirties. In these past 2 seasons, LeBron has been averaging thirty plus the past two seasons, and he’s in his year twenty; it’s unimaginable. What’s even more inconceivable is that he is not considered a score-first player, he is mainly a passer. He has a career average of twenty-seven points, and he is the greatest driver of basketball, so that narrative the media puts on him as not being a scorer is inaccurate. I mean, he has a higher three-point average than the late Kobe Bryant and a higher 2 point percentage than Jordan, so it is safe to say he is one of the more efficient players of all time. 

As a fan of LeBron James, seeing him win the scoring title was amazing, but I wouldn’t say it’s one of his biggest accomplishments. When I think of LeBron, I think of the 3-1 comeback against the Warriors, I think about his four MVPs, I think about the nineteen all-star appearances, and all the other clutch moments in his career. The scoring title is just another add-on to his legacy.

He’s always been my G.O.A.T. because I grew up watching him, to others, it may be someone else. The title G.O.A.T. just comes down to preference, and everyone has an opinion. 

My top 5 players of all time:

  1. LeBron James
  2. Jordan
  3. Kareem Abdul Jabar
  4. Magic Johnson
  5. Tim Duncan ( The greatest Power Forward of all time!)