Dirk Nowitzki thinks LeBron James can break Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring record
LeBron James recently just moved past Dirk Nowitzki for sixth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar entered their game against the San Antonio Spurs with 31,167 career points, needing just 21 points to surpass the Dallas Mavericks legend. Needless to say, James accomplished the feat and finished the night with a game-high 35 points in their road loss.
After the game, Nowitzki was respectful of James’ accomplishment and offered a bold prediction on where the Lakers star will finish on the list when his already Hall of Fame career is said and done, per Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
“If he stays healthy, the way he’s looking and moving, he has a chance at Kareem. His numbers have been unbelievable. He doesn’t seem to slow down. The stuff he was doing last year in year 15 was incredible. If he keeps this up, he can pass Kareem.”
The four-time NBA MVP now has 31,202 points attached to his name. In his 16th NBA season, James is not showing signs of slowing down anytime soon. Despite being 33 years old, the Akron-native doesn’t seem to have lost a step and can still keep up with the best the league has to offer. He is still scoring at a high-clip in year 16 at 27.3 points per game.
James had an unbelievable year with the Cleveland Cavaliers last season where he played all 82 games in the regular season. He led the league in minutes per game at 36.9 and averaged 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 9.1 assists en route to finishing second behind Houston Rockets guard James Harden in the MVP race.
With this, James is fully expected to finish the 2018-19 season fourth on the all-time scoring list, as he is well on pace to move past Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan. At his current standing, James just needs 7,186 points to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and ultimately sit atop the prestigious scoring list.