LeBron James gets closer to surpassing Magic Johnson as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer

LeBron James is getting closer to the record every game, therefore Kareem-Abdul Jabbar had better take use of his remaining time as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer in the coming weeks. James, who became the second player to surpass the 38,000-point mark in his career with 23 points in the Lakers’ victory over the Grizzlies on Friday, is now just 261 points away from being the only one.

The current status of LeBron’s search is shown below.

ALL-TIME SCORING LEADER CAREER POINTS POINTS TO PASS
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387 ___
LeBron James 38,127 261

James averages 29.5 points per game this season. He will need just nine more games to surpass Abdul-Jabbar if he keeps up his current rate. If the current pace continues and James doesn’t miss any games between now and then, the record would be broken at home on February 7 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

If LeBron misses any games during the next three weeks, the Lakers’ Feb. 9 home game against the Bucks and Feb. 11 away game against the Warriors might both break records.

Last three games for LeBron: 23 vs Memphis, 32 against Sacramento, and 48 against Houston
The following three games for LeBron are against Portland (Jan. 22), the Clippers (Jan. 24), and San Antonio (Jan. 25)

“I can’t wait to witness it. I view records more as human achievements than as personal accomplishments “Prior to the 2021–22 season, Adbul-Jabbar commented about LeBron possibly breaking his record. “We all have a chance to accomplish something if one individual can do something that has never been done. It gives me inspiration and optimism. In 1954, Roger Bannister ran a mile in under four minutes. Since then, 1,400 runners have improved upon that time, and the new record is 17 seconds faster. When a record is broken, everyone wins, and if LeBron breaks mine, I’ll be there to support him.”