Can LeBron James Become NBA’s All-Time Scoring Leader?

November 18th, 2015 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »

For scorers, there are many hallowed marks.

Averaging 30 points per game in a season is sensational. Dropping a 50-burger in a single contest is just ridiculous. Hitting triple digits in a lone outing is nigh impossible unless you're named Wilt Chamberlain. 

But the number 38,387 still stands out. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has managed to score so many points in a career, leaving him and his famed skyhook alone atop the all-time scoring leaderboard. 

Plenty of NBA standouts have attempted to dethrone the legendary center. Most recently, Kobe Bryant (32,617) seemed to have a chance, but a plethora of injuries knocked him well off the pace, dooming him to a likely finish behind both Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone (36,928). 

A number of other veterans have claimed impressive places on the leaderboard, but age won't let them make serious runs at becoming the all-time leader. Dirk Nowitzki (28,323) has moved into the top seven, but his scoring output is declining, and he's already celebrated his 37th birthday. Tim Duncan (26,099), Kevin Garnett (25,977) and Paul Pierce (25,955) are all in the to ...

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