All eyes were on LeBron James going into Saturday’s contests against the Philadelphia 76ers. That is a normal feeling when The King rolls into town but this occasion was special for more than just jaw dropping dunks and passes.
With two points made, the 31-year-old would pass Hakeem Olajuwon to move into the number 10 spot on the all-time scoring leader list. Needless to say, it didn’t take him long.
After Tristan Thompson gathered a rebound midway through the first quarter, he tossed the ball ahead to the Akron native and watched his teammate steamroll down the court for an easy layup. With that bucket, James had 26, 947 points.
The St. Vincent St. Mary’s alumni took 993 career games to climb into the top 10 all-time scorers list. That pace eclipses the former Rocket, who took 1,238 games. Fans and observers all wonder how far Cleveland’s superstar small forward can go up the list.
Well, he needs 343 points to pass Elvin Hayes, who is next on the list with 27, 313 points. Next up would be Moses Malone, who scored 27, 409 point in his career. The 12-time All-Star will need to put up 439 points this season to pass Malone.
This is within reach because of his extremely versatile skillset. One person that might not get caught until next season is Shaquille O’Neal. 1, 626 points might be a little more than he can manage, even for one of the NBA’s premier talents.
Three championships and numerous trips deep into June have put an unprecedented amount of miles on James’ odometer. He is averaging 36 minutes per game this season and with that kind of workload into next season, he could conceivably work his way up the ladder.
Time will tell just how far the modern day legend can go in chasing history.