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The King Surpasses 30,000 Points

Everyone that hasn’t been living under a rock for the last decade or so has heard of the name LeBron James. The King, the Chosen One, the Heir to the Throne; whatever you may call him, James added to his incredible legacy after surpassing 30,000 career points on Tuesday night. Hitting that mark — and becoming the youngest player ever to do so — further defines LeBron as one of the greatest basketball players to ever grace the game.

LeBron, unlike most other NBA players, went to the NBA straight out of high school and skipped out on playing college ball. He was selected with the first overall pick in the 2003 draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers and he took everything in stride.

James is on pace to pass the NBA’s all-time leading scorer Kareem Abdul Jabbar if he were to play to the same age (42) that Kareem did. LeBron is a forced to be reckoned with in the paint — and while shooting around 36 percent from 3-point land at age 33, he doesn’t look like he’s letting up any time soon.

LeBron passed up recent retiree Kobe Bryant as the youngest player to reach 30,000 points, beating him out more than a year. With the Cavaliers gunning for the Finals for a fourth straight year and LeBron looking to go back for the eighth straight season, he is on pace to reach over 31,000 points by the end of the year.

Some argue James as the greatest player of all time, but it seems like James still has a ways to go to catch up to the G.O.A.T, Michael Jordan. Jordan is currently No. 4 overall in points at just over 32,000m and also has the six rings compared to LeBron’s three. But, James’ latest milestone means that he’s coming for Jordan and everyone else on the list.

LeBron owes a lot of his success scoring the ball to the lack of talent that the Cavaliers possessed during his initial tenure. He has accumulated 22,082 (and counting) of his 30,000 points while with the Cavs, and he’s also the career leader in assists for Clevland. On top of those, James holds the organization’s career record for steals and 3-pointers made. He is second behind Zydrunas Ilgauskas in rebounds and fourth in steals.

LeBron’s major claim for the greatest of all time is his astounding versatility. He is currently in the top 20 in NBA history in both assists and steals as a forward, and he’s one of the best chase-down blockers the NBA has ever seen.

LeBron will always have the fans and the haters, but no matter who you are, you can’t deny the fact that the man is one of the greatest to ever do it. So with this major milestone in King James’ career, we congratulate him and wish him the best of luck the rest of the way.

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