LeBron James moves to 7th on all-time free-throws made list
It has become very common for Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James to make history. The latest example came against the Dallas Mavericks when he passed Jerry West for seventh all-time on the NBA’s total made free throws list, according to the NBA’s official Twitter account.
— NBA (@NBA) November 2, 2019
James appears to be withing territory of passing up Dirk Nowitzki at some point this season given that the gap is less than 100. It seems reasonable to say that James could even move ahead of Michael Jordan on this list as well unless James were to miss time at some point due to an injury.
The total number of free-throw makes per season from James has declined since the early stages of his career. In fact, he recorded a league-most 594 made free throws during the 2008-09 season and that wasn’t even the most he’s ever had in a single-season. He managed to make 601 free throws during his 2005-06 campaign.
It is important to note that James has made fewer than 400 free throws in each of his individual seasons since 2014-15 and has totaled over 500 makes five times. It is expected that his figures would go down as he gets older and plays fewer minutes and doesn’t play in as many games.
Given his relatively low free throw percentage and already being 35-years-old, it seems unlikely that James will ever find himself on top of this particular all-time leaderboard. There is significant ground that he would need to cover to reach the top three that featured Karl Malone, Moses Malone, and Kobe Bryant.