LeBron Can Surpass 40,000 With Ease This Season


LeBron James is considered by many to be the greatest of basketball player of all time.

The four-time MVP and four-time Finals MVP has been dominating for over two decades, winning titles for three franchises. LeBron continues to shatter records in Year 21 and will continue to build on a club no other player in NBA history is a part of.

LeBron surpassed the 39,000-point mark Tuesday night against the Jazz, and now has his eyes set on 40,000.

Prior to this season, LeBron needed 1,348 more points to reach 40,000. The 19-time All-Star has scored less than 25 points per game just once in his career— his rookie campaign. So far this season, LeBron is averaging 25.7 PPG and has played in 14 of the Lakers’ 15 games. He is shooting career highs of 58.7% from the field and 41% from deep. With this rate, LeBron will easily reach 40K this season.

LeBron played 56 and 55 games over the last two seasons, respectively. If James logs only 55 games this season, he would need to average 24.6 PPG to reach 40,000, and if he plays 65 games, he would only need to average 20.8. LeBron is currently on pace to do it in 53 games.

James, as usual, has been excellent to start this season. If he doesn’t miss any extended time, The Kid from Akron can be expected to reach the 40,000-club sometime in February.

LeBron’s stats may dip a little as the season continues, but he would have to have a terrible or injury-riddled rest of the season for him not to reach this historic milestone.

Over the summer, the NBA set a requirement for players to appear in 65 games to qualify for postseason awards, another motivation for LeBron, which in turn will make 40,000 almost set in stone. It would further cement his place in the Mount Rushmore of NBA greats and contribute to the narrative of one of the most impressive careers in the history of the league.

The Lakers and LeBron hope to be title contenders again this year. LeBron will turn 39 years old next month and monitoring his health will be very important for the Lakers. The Purple and Gold will likely try their best to preserve LeBron till the postseason, but LeBron is still one of the best players in the league and the Lakers will need him to continue to produce for them for them to get there.

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