LeBron James Becomes Youngest Player in NBA History to Score 26K Points

January 29th, 2016 by Alec Nathan Leave a reply »

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 26,000 points Friday night in a 114-106 win over the Detroit Pistons.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, James beat Kobe Bryant to the milestone by more than a year:

James currently ranks 17th on the NBA's all-time scoring list, but he won't occupy that position much longer. He is in line to eclipse Kevin Garnett (26,071 points) for 16th place in a matter of games.

However, passing Garnett is merely the means to a far more historically significant end.

If we use last season as a guide, James is in line to fly up the league's all-time scoring list now that he's cracked 26,000 points—with future Hall of Famers Tim Duncan and Paul Pierce in his sights.

During the 2014-15 season, James scored 1,743 points in just 69 games—good for a nightly average of 25.3. The four-time MVP's per-game total this season has ticked down slightly to 24.9 (entering Friday), but the fact that he's already close to 1,100 total points this year following a 20-point performance Friday night su ...

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