- Seven players have held NBA's all-time scoring record
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has held the current record for nearly 40 years
- LeBron James will pass Abdul-Jabbar's record in February 2023
LeBron James is set to become the all-time scorer in NBA history sometime in February 2023. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar is in his 20th season and has shown no signs of slowing down.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has held the record since 1984, months before James was born. Although James is considered in many quarters as the second-greatest NBA player behind Jordan, passing Abdul-Jabbar will cement that position for generations to come.
After turning 38 in late December 2022 LeBron James is playing at an incredible level. The Lakers have occupied the play-in spot for most of the 2022/23 season after a dreadful 2-10 start.
James is averaging almost 30 points per game. His longevity and production will almost never be matched. As he closes in on Abdul-Jabbar's record, who are some of the players to hold the record?
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7 players to hold the NBA scoring record, according to ESPN.
1. Joe Fulks: 1946-1952
Fulks was the first player to hold the NBA scoring crown. He won back-to-back scoring titles with the Philadelphia Warriors. He scored 8,003 points, won the title in 1947 and was a two-time All-Star.
2. George Mikan: 1952-1957
Mikan knocked Fulks from the top on November 8 1952 after the record changed hands between the two four times in March that same year. He won five NBA titles in seven seasons with the Minneapolis Lakers. He averaged 27 pointer per game in his first three seasons.
3. Ed Macauley: 1957
Macauley spent his first seven years with Boston before returning to his home city of St Louis to play for St Louis Hawks where he won an NBA title, beating former team Celtics. He averaged around 20.4 points and held the scoring crown briefly in 1957.
4. Dolph Schayes: 1957-1963
In his 15-year career, Schayes was a 12-time All-Star and won a championship with the Syracuse Nationals in 1955. He averaged more than 20 points per game in six straight seasons. His son, Danny, went on to have an 18-year NBA career.
5. Bob Pettit: 1963-1966
The No. 2 pick in the 1954 draft led the St. Louis Hawks to the against the Celtics in 1958, putting up an incredible 50 points and 19 rebounds in a stunning series-clinching 110-109 win in Game 6.
His list of accolades is long. He was a two-time MVP and a two-time scoring champion. He averaged over 20 points in each of his 11 seasons which peaked at 31.1 in the 1961/62 season. He was an All-Star every year he was in the league. he held the scoring record for three years.
6. Wilt Chamberlain: 1966-1984
Chamberlain's accomplishments in the NBA are staggering. From scoring 100, and averaging 50 points to grabbing 55 rebounds, Chamberlain was a menace on his day. He won the scoring title seven times, averaging over 35 points per game six times. He finished with a career average of 30.066 points per game which is only second to Michael Jordan who averaged 30.12.
7. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 1984-present
On April 5, 1984, Abdul-Jabbar surpassed Chamberlain as the NBA's all-time leading scorer and has owned it for nearly 40 years. Abdul-Jabbar scored 38,387 points and many players, like Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki, who were expected to surpass him retired.
James will pass Abdul-Jabbar's record and it may be 40 years before another player passes him.
James ranks his achievements
Sports Brief earlier reported on James ranking his career achievements, surprisingly saying he never set out to become NBA's all-time scorer.
He lists some of the goals he had when he entered the league back in 2003.
"I don't know... I have not set out to do that, it wasn't like a goal of mine when I entered the league. Making the All-Star team, being the ROTY, being the First Team All-NBA, First Team All-Defense. Winning a championship... being the MVP of the league."
Source: Sports Brief News