LeBron James Starts Season Nearing Top 10 in All-Time Scoring

October 25th, 2016 by Bleacher Report Milestones Leave a reply »
Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James enters 2016-17 likely needing just a handful of games to pass Hakeem Olajuwon for 10th on the NBA's all-time scoring list, per ESPN Stats & Info.

James sits 113 points behind Olajuwon entering the season, putting him about four or five games away from overtaking "The Dream" for 10th place overall. It's certainly reasonable to anticipate him moving as high as seventh on the list this season, assuming he can avoid the injury bug.

While James has taken a few rest days over the past couple years, he was healthy enough to play in 76 of his team's 82 contests last season. However, it was just the fourth time in his career and second season in a row in which he failed to reach 2,000 points. 

The first time he didn't make it to 2,000 came in his rookie season, and he again failed to reach the mark in 2011-12 due to a lockout-shortened campaign of 66 games.

Besides him being an elite player, James' totals have also been the result of him managing to remain healthy for the majority of his career. He's played in 75 or more games in all but one season (besides the 2011-12 shortened sea ...

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