Can LeBron James surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's all-time points record?
LeBron James is homing in on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's all-time scoring record in the NBA but at 37-years-old, James will still need a stroke of luck to get there. Indeed, very little is promised in terms of fitness once NBA players turn 35 but, so far, James has defied the aging process by pushing ahead and scoring points with astounding regularity.
It should be noted, however, that the LA Lakers forward did suffer an ankle injury in 2021 and has been recently suffering from a recurring knee injury. Although the problem in James' left knee doesn't seem to be long-term and is more down to an irritation caused by excessive swelling. That will be encouraging news for the 37-year-old' fans but they will also know that the warning signs are there. So, with the four-time MVP winner in a race against time, how many points does he have to accumulate to surpass Abdul-Jabbar's record?
At the end of Abdul-Jabbar's career, the center racked up an enormous 38,387 points whilst James was on 36,559 prior to the break for the all-star game. You'll notice that there is a difference of 1,828 points and your first response may even be to think that that is a bridge too far for James. But then you have to take into account that the 37-year-old has surpassed the 2000 point mark no fewer than ten times during a single season in his career. With this being the case, you can all of a sudden picture a scenario where James surpasses Abdul-Jabbar's tally with ease.
But it may not be that straightforward and, naturally, a lot will depend on how well the LA Lakers play over the time that James is still with them. The forward's contract runs until the end of the 2022-2023 season and you would imagine that the Lakers will have to get close to winning the NBA Championship if James is to break the record.
Essentially, it will come down to what was mentioned at the top of the piece and that is whether or not James can stay fit as he is currently playing in a championship-winning side, and has a contract that will afford him the time to break the record should he stay healthy on the court.
Of course, there is also the possibility that one of the other NBA teams offers the all-star legend another deal when this one expires with the Lakers, which would all but guarantee that he breaks the record even if he ends up limping across the line.
So, in conclusion, the answer has to be that yes, James can indeed break Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's legendary record and you would have to imagine when he does, it will stand for many decades to come. Indeed, LeBron James is on course to surpass the 40,000 point mark for all-time points scored in the NBA.