From the humble beginnings of the Springhill Projects in Akron, Ohio, LeBron James has risen to become a global icon. The Lakers superstar has racked up a mountain of records over the course of his career, some of which may never be broken.
James, now 35 years of age and playing in his 17th NBA season, has been something like an iron man in the playoffs. In fact, at 10,049, LeBron holds the all-time record for minutes played in the postseason. For reference, Spurs legend Tim Duncan (9,370) is second, while Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (8,851) is third.
James has always been known as a great facilitator on the court. However, he also has the ability to grab another gear and dominate with his own scoring, especially in the postseason.
Remarkably, LeBron James has scored 6,911 points in the playoffs. That’s roughly 1,000 more than second-place Michael Jordan, who racked up 5,987 points in the postseason over the course of his illustrious career. Kareem is ranked 3rd with 5,762.
It’s also worth noting that James made 13 straight postseason appearances, including eight consecutive trips to the Finals from 2011 to 2018. In that span, he claimed championships with the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Averaging a triple-double in the Finals
In the 2016-17 season, James led the Cavs to yet another Finals appearance. Though Cleveland was defeated by the Golden State Warriors, 4-1, LeBron (33.6 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists), became the first and only player in NBA history to average a triple-double in the Finals.
To his credit, James (10) holds the record for most triple-doubles in the Finals. Magic Johnson is currently second with eight.
Oh, and speaking of the Cavs, James holds nearly all of the team’s franchise records, including those for points scored, assists, rebounds, free-throws, 3-points field goals made and minutes played (to name a few).
911 consecutive games with at least three field goals
No, not the police… It’s the number of consecutive games in which James has scored at least three field goals.
Jordan, the most prolific scorer the NBA has ever known, recorded 893 straight games with three or more field goals, while former Lakers big man Shaquille O’Neal had 594 such outings.
25 ppg in 15 straight seasons
Though he’s a pass-first kind of guy, “The Akron Hammer,” as LeBron James is known, can score with the best of them. In fact, he is the only player in NBA history to average more than 25 points for 15 straight seasons.
Outside of his rookie campaign with the Cavs, which was still impressive at 20.9 points per game, James has recorded averages of 25 or more points in each season. Even the great Wilt Chamberlain could only muster eight straight seasons (nine overall) with 25-plus points per game. As a side note, though, Wilt averaged more than 50 points in one season.
All of these are impressive records. However, they also serve as a testament to James’ devotion to hard work and preparation. With more gas left in his proverbial tank, it seems he has a shot at adding to these lofty marks in the future.
If James can maintain this level of play, he’ll have a real shot at becoming the NBA’s all-time scoring leader. Kareem is currently holding that title, but The King is closing in.