The Los Angeles Lakers had a horrific last season despite LeBron James being in the prime of his life. They finished eleventh in the Western Conference despite being the favorites in the pres season. LA failed to make it to the playoffs and finished with a terrible record of 33-49. Amid all the chaos, LeBron James scored consistently with an average of 30.3. 

The 37-year-old also managed to become the second highest point scorer in NBA, surpassing Karl Malone in his 19th season. Now, only Kareem Abdul Jabbar is in LeBron’s way to becoming the highest scorer in the league’s history. James currently has 37,062 points in total, while Jabbar has 38,387 points. So, how many points will LeBron James have to average during the 2022-23 season to surpass Kareem and become the highest scorer of all time? Keep reading to find out!

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Will LeBron James Surpass Kareen Abdul Jabbar’s Highest Score?

James has shown a great deal of consistency throughout his 19-season long term. He has been selected as an All-Star 18 times, with four NBA championships and four finals MVP awards. The Cleveland Cavaliers drafted James in 2003 as the first overall pick from high school. Apart from his rookie season, LeBron has averaged at least 25 points per game in each season. In his first NBA season, he scored at a fair clip of 20.9 points per game.

LeBron James played with the Cavs until 2010 before joining Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh at the Miami Heat. He led the Heat to NBA finals four times and won the first two titles of his career. LeBron returned to Cleveland in 2014 and led them to four consecutive finals, as the franchise won its first title in 2016. 

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Further, James moved to the Lakers in 2018 and will start his fifth year with the franchise next season. The 37-year-old helped the Lakers win their first championship in 2020 since 2010. Thus, if LeBron stays healthy, he is likely to take over Kareem Abdul Jabbar next season.

The four-time NBA MVP will need to score 16.2 points per game in the 2022-23 season to become the highest scorer in NBA history and clear off the 1325 points deficit to Abdul Jabbar. LeBron James will also need some solid support from his teammates to clinch his fifth NBA championship next season. However, it could turn out to be another tricky season for the Lakers due to the lack of resources to make clinical changes to their roster next season.

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