This past Wednesday, LeBron James became the youngest player to reach the 20,000 career points milestone in the history of the NBA. However does that really propel him to the top of the greatest players of all time discussion. Any old-timer would say Wilt. Any of today’s modern day analyst would say Michael. Today’s youngest of fans would say Kobe. Lets get it clear LeBron James with his current resumé is not the best player of all time.
However I will make a case that he is the best athlete to ever play in the NBA. Virtually this 6’8 behemoth of a man is unguardable. James is in the running, no pun intended, to be one of the fastest that play the game right now. Let’s not forget, his vertical is also off the charts which is around 44 inches.
Let’s not let the Wednesday go to waste what could arguably be the start of many milestones set by the best statistical player in NBA history. LeBron is 37th all time in scoring and he hasn’t even turned 30 yet. With Dwyane Wade’s scoring ability heading downward, LeBron has potential to increase his scoring output throughout the rest of his Miami Heat career. He’s definitely on pace to pass Jordan on the list, let’s keep that as a safe bet.
Talking about Jordan, LeBron is on pace to beat Jordan in every statistical category. LeBron just needs: 617 more assists, 1412 rebounds, and 276 blocks to reach Jordan’s totals. All of which are possible to be matched within the next few seasons. I’m not saying that LeBron is better than Jordan. That is straight up sacrilegious. However, this only clarifies that in a society based on fantasy sports and statistical data, that LeBron is the best of the best. LeBron will ultimately end his career as the best statistical player without a doubt.
LeBron James is entering the prime of his career, and yes he’s going to have his ups and downs. Should he best discussed in G.O.A.T. discussions? Absolutely. With the 20K milestone, we’ve only reached an early checkpoint in LeBron’s storied career.