In January 2020, LeBron James passed Kobe Bryant on the NBA all-time scoring list, scoring 29 points in a regular season game against the Philadelphia 76ers. If James continues to produce at about his career average, he has a shot to move up even further and pass Karl Malone with about two more full seasons of games, and even catch Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s current all-time leading scorer. James' current contract with the Los Angeles Lakers runs through the 2021/22 season.
LeBron James already leader in playoff scoring
The statistic shows only the points scored in regular season NBA games and does not take into account production in the playoffs. When looking at playoff scoring by itself, LeBron James is the all-time leading scorer in the NBA already, with 7,491 points. He is also the only player with more than 10,000 minutes played in playoff games, in large part thanks to his impressive streak of 14 consecutive playoff appearances (2004/05-2017/18) and a streak of eight straight NBA finals appearances (2010/11-2017/18). He is also the career leader for the Cleveland Cavaliers, for which he played a total of 11 seasons, in many important statistical categories like points, assists, rebounds, steals, and games played.
The exclusive 30,0000 club – next member Kevin Durant?
In the history of the NBA, only seven players have scored more than 30,000 points. LeBron James is the only member of this group still playing in the NBA. Of all the players active in the league right now, Kevin Durant has one of the best chances to join that group at some point. The 32-year-old currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets and needs about 6,500 points to reach the 30K mark – about four more full seasons of work.
NBA all-time scoring leaders - total number of points scored as of April 2021
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