On Tuesday night, LeBron James became the youngest player to join the 30,000 career point club. James hit a jump shot with 1.1 seconds left in the first quarter to get to the milestone against the San Antonio Spurs.
James joins some elite players in reaching 30,000 points. The other players who have scored 30,000 points are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,837).
At 33 years old, James is the youngest player to reach the mark in NBA history. Kobe Bryant was the youngest before James at 34 years of age.
He only needed seven points in the game against the Spurs to reach 30,000 career points. It was just his 1,107th career game in his 15th season in the NBA.
He had the advantage of going straight from high school to the NBA, but has also never had a severe injury to limit his playing time. The fewest amount of games played he has in a season is 62 during the 2011-2012 campaign with the Miami Heat.
While this is surely a big accomplishment, James said he never got into basketball to reach this specific milestone. If James keeps his current scoring average of 27.2, he can pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar within the next four or five seasons. There doesn’t look like an end to James’ career in sight, so moving up higher on this list won’t be a surprise.