Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has been known as a record-breaker for a majority of his illustrious career, and he added another record to his list on Sunday.
The 31-year-old moved past San Antonio Spurs veteran Tim Duncan and into 14th place on the NBA all-time scoring list during his side’s 120-103 win over the Boston Celtics. During the same game, James also became only the third player in NBA history – after the legendary Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – to score 10 points or more in 700 consecutive games.
There is no doubt that James will continue to rewrite the NBA history book as his career progresses, but here are the top five accomplishments of his career thus far.
1. Top 20 in all-time points scored and assists
On November 23, 2015, James made headlines by becoming only the second player in NBA history, after Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, to rank in the top 20 in points scored and assists. James played down comparisons between himself and Robertson, saying: “If you understand the history of the sport, then there is no way you could ever forget Oscar Robertson. This guy, he averaged a triple-double for, like, forever.” However, there is no denying that this could arguably be one of the greatest feats James has accomplished in his career.
2. Game 7 scoring average
Boasting an average of 34.4 points in Game 7s during the playoffs is an incredible achievement. It’s hard not to wonder if the 2015 NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors gone to Game 7, would it have been the Cavaliers celebrating or would Stephen Curry still have led his side to their first NBA title in four decades? .
3. All-Star Game career points
Everybody loves the All Star Game and that includes ‘King James’. While he may not have been at his best during the All Star Game last month, he did create history by surpassing Kobe Bryant with 291 points scored in 12 All Star appearances.
4. Five consecutive NBA Finals
James’ was seen as a traitor when he left the Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat in July 2010. His four-season stint with the Heat proved to be extremely successful though as he reached the NBA Finals in all four season and won two championship rings. Upon returning to Cleveland for the 2014/15 season, James led the Cavs to the NBA Finals and became the only player in NBA history to compete in five successive NBA Finals.
5. Maintain average for 11 successive seasons
James has shown that he can do everything on the court from scoring to rebounding to dishing out assists. But he’s not content to show his full range of skills from time to time, James’ consistency is once of the things that sets him apart. The Cavs ace has managed to average at least 25 points, six rebounds and six assists for 11 straight seasons. James’ streak started in his second season in the NBA, the 2004/05 campaign, and continued all the way through to last season. This season, the 31-year-old is averaging 24.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.6 assists. Even though he is just short in terms of points scored per game, there is every chance that James will extend this incredible streak to 12 seasons.