September 21, 2017

This postseason, LeBron James will become NBA’s playoff leader in total points

2017/04/15 9:23 am 9:23 am9:23 am0 0 comments

Unless he makes an unexpected early exit in the 2017 NBA playoffs — LeBron James will very likely surpass Michael Jordan as the all-time leader in career playoff points.

With the 2017 playoffs starting today, the King comes in as fourth all-time in total playoff points behind Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kobe Bryant. He’s needs fewer than 70 points to overtake Bryant and will move past Kareem late in the Eastern SemiFinals or early in the Conference finals. Overall, he needs 415 points to overtake his Airness.

Rank Player Points
1 Michael Jordan 5987
2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 5762
3 Kobe Bryant 5640
4 LeBron James 5572
5 Shaquille O'Neal 5250
6 Tim Duncan 5172
7 Karl Malone 4761
8 Julius Erving 4580
9 Jerry West 4457
10 Larry Bird 3897

We think LeBron will hit his milestone because of the 11 seasons that his teams have made a playoff run through the NBA bracket, he’s added more than 415 points eight of those postseasons. Take a gander at LeBron’s point totals from 2005 until last season’s championship run.

Season Team Games PPG PTS
2005-06 CLE 13 30.8 400
2006-07 CLE 20 25.1 501
2007-08 CLE 13 28.2 366
2008-09 CLE 14 35.3 494
2009-10 CLE 11 29.1 320
2010-11 MIA 21 23.7 497
2011-12 MIA 23 30.3 697
2012-13 MIA 23 25.9 596
2013-14 MIA 20 27.4 548
2014-15 CLE 20 30.1 601
2015-16 CLE 21 26.3 552
Career 199 28.0 5572

The question is whether LeBron is able to maintain his scoring velocity or will it dip as a 31 year old that’s been through many regular seasons and postseason battles? Resent history has told us not to underestimate him even as he’s in his early-thirties.

In any case, the fact that LeBron is already topping this special list of playoff-proven Hall of Famers and legends is a sign of his greatness and the burden he’s logged over the last 14 years. And it’s not stopping anytime soon; with the way he’s going, Lebron seems like he has at least another five or six years.

Interested in regular season career highs in one game? Check out this NBA post with career high in points for 300 active and retired players

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