By Rob Schardt
Cavaliers LeBron James, one of the greatest players to play the game of basketball, has become the youngest player to score 30,000 career points. At 33 years and 23 days old, James passes Kobe Bryant’s previous mark at 34 years and 104 days. James has been a top 5 player since entering the league back in 2003 and has been a potent force on both sides of the ball. The mid-range jumper came with 1.1 seconds left in the first quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers game against the San Antonio Spurs.
James joins legendary players such as all-time points leader Kareem Abdul-Jabber (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,837 and counting). The King never viewed himself as a “scorer” such as Jordan, but rather a great all-around player who looks to assist his teammates. James just seems to be get better with age and is having yet another fantastic year, averaging 26.8 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game, and 8.7 assists per game. If he continues to stay healthy, James will have a great shot at finishing in the top 3 in scoring.
Early Tuesday morning, James congratulated himself on an Instagram post, with a picture of a high school LeBron writing in a 3rd person point of view. The post received criticism due to the fact the James posted the picture before playing Tuesday night’s game.
LeBron’s career has been nothing but a highlight reel. He has accumulated 3 NBA finals MVP’s, 4 regular season MVP’s, 14 all-star games, 2 All Star Game MVP’s, as well as being the all-time playoff scorer, and was the youngest to also score 20,000 career points.
The legacy of LeBron James will continue to grow as we are watching one of the greatest players to ever play.
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