Lakers’ LeBron James passes Kobe Bryant for most regular-season wins with victory vs. Clippers
LeBron James achieved another amazing feat on Thursday, as he helped the Los Angeles Lakers to a massive victory against the Los Angeles Clippers on opening night. This victory is LeBron’s 837th win of his decorated career, which allowed him to overtake none other than the late, great Kobe Bryant for most regular-season victories in their career.
James just cracked the Top 10 all-time list in this particular category by overtaking Kobe and Clifford Robinson, who both tallied 836 regular-season wins. The next man up for LeBron is another Lakers legend in Derek Fisher, who himself has 853 victories in the regular season.
With seven regular-season games remaining for the Lakers this term, LeBron James still won’t be able to overtake Fisher even if the Lakers tallied seven straight victories from here on out. Then again, there’s always next season. And the season after that. And so on.
For the record, the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sits at the very top of this list with 1,074 regular-season wins in his illustrious career. At the moment, James is still 237 wins away from the top spot, which is a pretty daunting task at this point in his career. It’s not impossible, though.
Assuming that LeBron wins at least 50 regular season wins each year (a mark he last reached with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2017-18 campaign), then he would still need around five seasons to surpass the 1,074-win mark. We also need to assume that he will miss a handful of games each season, so five campaigns sound like a fair estimate.
James will be 40 years of age by that time, so it begs the question: does he still have five seasons worth of gas in his tank?