When LeBron James passed Karl Malone for second place on the NBA regular season career points list, he set his sights on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the current NBA all-time leading scorer.
Abdul-Jabbar has topped the career points list since April 5, 1984 – eight months before James was born – when he broke the mark previously held by Wilt Chamberlain. Now James has that record within reach, needing 864 points to surpass Abdul-Jabbar’s career total of 38,387.
With his 27.1 career PPG average, James would need 32 games to rack up that total, putting him on course to break the record on Feb. 11 against the Golden State Warriors. After being ruled out for Wednesday’s game against the Raptors, James has missed seven games this season, and if he continues to miss games at the same rate as last season, the record game will come March 12 against New York. Knicks. In 18 games this season, James is averaging 25.7 points per game, which leaves him slightly behind his career pace.
We’ll have ongoing coverage of LeBron’s quest, including updated game-by-game projections and full stats, throughout the season.