LeBron James believes Kevin Durant could be one player that could break the scoring record after him

LeBron James names two-time champion Kevin Durant as the next player that could surpass him on the all-time scoring list

LeBron James and Kevin Durant during All-Star game [Image credit: Twitter/Boardroom]
By Godwin Matthew | Jan 11, 2023 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us


LeBron James is on the cusp of greatness as he inches closer to breaking Kareem Abdul – Jabbar’s all-time scoring record. The 38-year-old is only 423 points behind the Hall of Famer and could reach that feat sooner than expected. In his most recent interview with ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, LeBron James shared what was going through his head as he gets closer to breaking the record.

Playing in Year 20, the “Kid from Akron” has shown no signs of slowing down. He has played at a high level and is averaging 29.1 PPG. Not only has this helped him reach the scoring record faster, but it has also proven that there are not many players who could play the way he is playing at the age of 38. In the interview, LeBron was asked who he thought could surpass the scoring record after him. The four-time NBA champion took Kevin Durant’s name and heaped high praise on the Slim Reaper’s game.

Among active NBA players, Kevin Durant is the second name on the list behind LeBron James. Although Carmelo Anthony is ninth in all-time scoring, it is more than likely that KD could easily surpass him and jump a few more places in the all-time list. Speaking about KD, James said:

“KD comes up as the first name that comes in the mind for sure. His name is not Easy Money and Slim Reaper for no reason, he does it so effortlessly. His ability to shoot the three ball, shoot the mid-range, get to the paint, but also shoot 85-90% from the free throw line, those are key ingredients, but the most important is about being available on the floor.”

How much does the scoring record add to LeBron James’ legacy?

LeBron James has won every accolade that is there to win in the NBA. He has cemented his name as an all-time great and is regarded by many as the greatest athlete in American sports. While there are constant comparisons between him and Michael Jordan, him breaking the scoring record certainly adds more fuel to that conversation.

In his career spanning 20 years, not many have labelled him as a scorer. Compared to “His Airness,” LeBron James’ scoring armoury is not as diverse and lethal. However, he has constantly found ways to improve his game and make the teammates around him better. Despite being a pass-first player, James has managed to find himself in a position where he is on the verge of surpassing Kareem Abdul – Jabbar on the scoring list. This will definitely add to his case of being the GOAT.

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