Watch: LeBron James Joins Prestigious 35,000 NBA Points Club With 32 Points Against Nets
LeBron James‘ first NBA points came in 2003 with his home state team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Fast forward to 2021 with the Lakers and now over 35,000 points later, LeBron James is on the list of players who scored at least that much in their career.
Oh, and there only happens to be two more people on it (per NBA on TNT via SportsCenter’s Tweet) with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at 38,387 career points and Karl Malone at 36,928 career points.
Here’s LeBron’s 35,000th career point:
Congrats to LeBron James! That’s history right there.
Here’s the NBA’s top five all-time scoring leaders:
It was LeBron’s night against the Nets. Even a loss, James put up LBJ-type numbers, on the brink of triple-double-esque play with 32 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists.
Here’s some of LeBron’s points Bleacher Report tweeted out from the NBA on TNT’s broadcast of the game:
Speaking of triple doubles, on top of having now all those career points, LeBron is almost has career triple double numbers! Per Bleacher Report, James also has over 9,000 career assists, and over 9,000 career rebounds, which makes him the only player in NBA history to have 35,000 points, 9,000+ rebounds, and 9,000+ assists in his career.
Oh wait, there’s more!
If all that wasn’t enough, add this to another historic night for who many consider the GOAT of basketball (okay, let’s not get into a whole frenzy debating this now). Whether you got Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Bill Russell, Abdul-Jabbar, or someone else as your greatest of all time basketball player, you can at least appreciate and respect all these accomplishments no matter what!
It’s also completely okay to think there’s more than one best player ever, too. There’s got to be a give and take between comparing different eras and how players fared in each when it comes to the GOAT debate. In the meantime, LeBron is continuing to do his thing, dominating on the court and putting up numbers!
The other milestone that happened on this Thursday, February 19, 2021 is LeBron James being announced that he got selected as an All-Star Game starter per SportsCenter and, according to ESPN, James is “the first player in NBA history with 17-straight NBA All Star Games.”
Congrats again on the milestones, LeBron! The league, the fans, and your peers have taken notice (as the NBA says fans, players, and certain media members vote on All Star starters).
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