Lakers’ LeBron James chasing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for other all-time record aside from points
It’s a widely known fact that Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is chasing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Apparently, that’s not the only stat that The King is catching up Abdul-Jabbar on. James is also on Abdul-Jabbar’s radar in terms of all-time combined regular season and playoff minutes played, per Mike Trudell of Spectrum SportsNet.
An updated @KingJames minutes stat: having played the 7th most minutes of any player this season, he is up to 60,607 combined regular season and playoff minutes.
That trails only @kaj33 (66,297) and Karl Malone (62,759). Kobe is 4th with 56,882.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 5, 2021
As Trudell laid out, James has now accumulated a combined 60,607 regular season and postseason minutes through year 18 and a half. James actually just ranks 7th all time in regular season minutes, but holds the top spot in playoff minutes with 10,811.
It doesn’t seem like his minutes are going to slow down either, considering the self-proclaimed Washed King played the 7th most total minutes across the entire league this season, averaging nearly 35 minutes a night. The 36-year old James has played in 1,301 regular season games and 230 playoff games in his career so far.
James will likely close in on Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone and gain the no. 2 spot within the 2021-22 season. This holds true for both the all-time combined minutes played and the all-time scoring list.
This feat for King James just speaks volumes of both his longevity and greatness. At Year 18, James is still playing at an extremely high level and is putting up an MVP caliber season. Appearing in 36 of 37 games through the first half of the year (he only sat out Los Angeles’ final game before the All-Star break), James is averaging 25.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 7.8 assists, while leading the Lakers to the no. 3 seed in the Western Conference.
The MVP chatter surrounding James has died down a bit as a result of the Lakers’ struggles sans Anthony Davis. Nevertheless, it’s still mind-boggling to see the 4-time NBA champion continue to do what he does at an age where most of his peers are already on the decline.