With 12,691 field-goals made, LeBron James now passes Lakers legend Wilt Chamberlain on the all-time made field-goal list.
Many believe that LeBron James is the best basketball player in the world. Not only of this generation but, the best ever to step on the court. They might not be wrong as James has his name among the top in virtually all the stats in the book.
On Thursday night, LeBron surpassed one of the greatest ever to play. With 12,691 field-goals made, LBJ now passes Wilt Chamberlain on the all-time field-goal made list. On his way to scoring a 27-point triple-double, ‘The Chosen One’ made it to the third position of this list, whole defeating the Nuggets 114-93.
When LeBron was informed, postgame, about the feat he achieved during the game, he was surely impressed by himself. He said:
“The association with a legend like Wilt Chamberlain, that does something for me. I’m someone who grew up reading about the game, studying the game. Wilt obviously was a big staple of that. It’s very humbling.”
— NBA (@NBA) February 5, 2021
‘It’s an unbelievable feat for myself’: LeBron James talks about how he read the history of the game
Despite playing in his 18th season, ‘The King’ still has a lot in his tank. He has been playing on an MVP level, averaging 25.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game. Despite feeling sore on his left ankle, the 36-year-old has been impressive and missed no games this season.
LeBron James’ 23-game streak recording 15+ PTS, 5+ REB, and 5+ AST to start the season is the longest streak in NBA history, surpassing his own record of 22 straight in 2011-12. pic.twitter.com/gzvtUopW1j
— NBA History (@NBAHistory) February 5, 2021
LeBron also broke his own record, to now have the longest streak with 15+ points, 5+ assists and 5+ rebounds to start the season. Now being third on the all-time field-goal made list, he only trails Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (15,837) and Karl Malone (13,528). When asked about how he felt achieving this record, the 16-time All-Star said:
“Absolutely. Any time I am in a category or a name or the likes of some of the greats who have ever played this game, it’s just very humbling. I just think back to my upbringing, where I am from. Reading the magazines, reading the books, just reading the history of the game because I love the game so much. I wanted to see who was paving the way for young guys like me growing up. So to hear me being linked to the great Wilt Chamberlain, it’s an unbelievable feat for myself.”
Coming off a championship season, LeBron and his Lakers have a lot of expectations to fulfil. Los Angeles Lakers have been looking determined to defend their title so far. With a 17-6 record to put them on the third spot of the Western Conference.