LeBron James Reveals NBA Players Who Can Surpass His Inevitable All Time Scoring Record

LeBron James Reveals NBA Players Who Can Surpass His Inevitable All Time Scoring Record

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:22 PM
  • LeBron James has named several NBA players likely surpass his all-time scoring record
  • The LA Lakers star singled out Brooklyn's Kevin Durant because of his all-round ability
  • James is set to pass legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in NBA all-time scoring by next month

LeBron James has said that Brooklyn Nets star, Kevin Durant may surpass his inevitable scoring record.

James is expected to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on NBA's all-time scoring list sometime next month, barring any injury.

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LeBron James is having another great season at 38. Photos by Jonathan Bachman Rocky Widner/NBAE and Sarah Stier.
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James, who turned 38 in December 2022, is playing at an incredible level, averaging 29.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.7 assists in 31 games this season despite the LA Lakers' struggles in the NBA.

Abdul-Jabbar has been held the record since April 5, 1984, eight months before James was born. The four-time NBA champion now needs only 423 points to surpass Abdul-Jabbar's career total of 38,387, per ESPN.

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James on his own record

Speaking with ESPN, James discussed who he personally felt could surpass him on the NBA's scoring list. The first name that sprang to his mind was Kevin Durant, who recently moved to 14th in the association's all-time scoring.

"I mean, KD is the first thing that comes to mind for sure. His name is not easy money and slim reaper for no reason. He does it so effortlessly. His ability to shoot the three ball, shoot the mid-range, get to the paint, but also shoot 85-90 from the free throw line," he said via SI.
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Joel Embiid and Luka Doncic are averaging more than 30 points per game this season and Kyrie Irving is doing well. Photos by Mitchell Leff, Jonathan Bachman and Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE.
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The four-time NBA MVP named a few more players that could do it. However, he stressed the importance of availability and health.

"Kyrie [Irving], Luka [Doncic], [Joel] Embiid, Giannis [Antetokounmpo] - they put numbers on the board, but you have to have a little luck as well. We all know that health is the most important in life, not only in sports, but in life in general."

ESPN projects that at his career scoring average of 27.2 points per game, James would need 16 games to match Abdul-Jabbar's record. Therefore, that puts him on track to break the record on February 11 against the Golden State Warriors.

James expresses frustration with Lakers

Sports Brief earlier reported on James expressing his frustration with the LA Lakers front office, as the NBA trade deadline looms.

The star appeared concerned by the lack of ambition of the team to trade the 2027 and 2029 first-round picks, to give him a roster that can challenge for the championship.

James said everyone knows what should be happening in regard to Lakers' 2027 and 2029 first-round picks, but said he would not do anyone else's job.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.