LeBron James continues the chase history and set new unbelievable precedents

Oct 5, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) shoots against Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) during a preseason game at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 5, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) shoots against Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) during a preseason game at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports /

LeBron James continues to chase history as he tries to carry the Los Angeles Lakers. 

All of the attention has been on LeBron James as of late and his pursuit of the all-time scoring record; a record that many never anticipated would ever be broken, but records were meant to be broken.

James is currently on the cusp of history as he is only 89 points away from breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring mark. James also just added his name to another top 5 all-time list as he passed Mark Jackson and Steve Nash for 4th on the all-time assists list.

Every time the Los Angeles Lakers are televised, it’s must-watch TV as James continues his assault on the NBA record books and continues to rewrite history. What he’s doing at the age of 38 is unbelievable and it will be interesting to see just how long James will be able to maintain his elite level of play.

LeBron James is reaching unbelievable feats

He may not be able to play long enough to catch John Stockton on the list but after his illustrious career is finished James could possibly be entrenched in the top 3 in assists easily if he remains consistent. It’s amazing how he can balance being a facilitator and knowing when to attack as James has mastered his craft.

There may not be another player in the history of the league who has a higher basketball IQ than James as he excels at getting his teammates involved and can control the ebbs and flows of the offense. Another special attribute James possesses is his court vision. When on the floor, James is similar to Peyton Manning in the way he is able to read and dissect and knows how to put his teammates in positions to get open.

It’s a testament to his greatness that no other players at the top of the all-time assists list have put up anything close to James’s production when it comes to scoring. If we have learned anything from watching him play over the years, we have seen that players don’t have to be restricted or limited to only being great at only one aspect of the game regardless of what position they play.

The NBA game has evolved tremendously and now there are point guards who can score at will instead of being pass-first, forwards who can actually run an offense instead of just doing the dirty work on the glass or the defensive end and now we have centers who can stretch the floor, shoot 3’s and are passing like point guards instead of just playing inside the perimeter and protecting the rim.

There will continue to be debates forever about who is the greatest to ever play the game and why and there will always be numerous opinions as to who and why and James’s name will most likely come up in every argument and conversation. A valid argument could be made on his behalf just based on his statistics alone but I believe that it’s safe to say that we haven’t seen a player with his type of skill set and being able to dominate the way that he does on a game-to-game basis.

Another argument could be had due to the fact that James came into the league straight out of high school which contributed to a head start that other players who came before him didn’t have, but in James’s defense, he still had to remain healthy throughout the course of his career, and even though some believe the competition was a lot tougher back in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, it’s still mind-boggling looking at what type of numbers he produces no matter which era he played in.

James has always been a prolific scorer but his ability to pass and make plays are one of his greatest attributes besides his longevity and availability. He averages 7.3 for his career which is more than some of the greatest point guards to ever play and he even led the league in assists during the 2020 season when he averaged 10.2 per contest. James is also the only player in the top 20 on the all-time assists list that isn’t a true point guard.

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Now the world awaits as James is expected to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer in just a few more games. If he is able to sustain his health and level of play, there is no telling what other records James could break or come close to breaking.