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Arnab Bose

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CHECKOUT: FIVE NBA Records LeBron James Can Easily Break In Next Season

LeBron James has been an unbelievable gift to the NBA after the Michael Jordan era. The basketball fans needed a new King on the court after MJ and Kobe Bryant retired. After the retirement of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant was the most dominant player in the league. However, if Bryant had a younger challenger to face, then that was LeBron James. Moreover, King James will have greater longevity than both MJ and Kobe when he finally hangs his boots. Many experts believe Michael Jordan retired way too soon. However, every time the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers would face-off, the fans would see the two future Kings locking horns. The Bryant and James rivalry was pretty famous.

But LeBron James has broken many records in his long and illustrious career that MJ and Kobe Bryant could not. Like Kobe Bryant, James, too, completed his twenty seasons in the league. However, he is heading towards his 21st season in the next edition. Hence, he will have a greater longevity. Michael Jordan retired after playing only 15 seasons. On the other hand, LeBron James broke the all-time scoring record of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar after almost four decades. Moreover, James will even surpass the Laker’s ‘Captain’ in the All-Star appearances next season. However, there are many more records that LBJ can break in the next season. Five of those records are as follows:

   

A. LeBron James Can Be The First To Reach 40,000 Career Points

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Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James looks downcast in the closing minutes of their defeat to the Denver Nuggets. (AP Photo)

In the last few seasons, King James has not managed to play more than 60 regular season games. Even then, James was able to score a remarkable 1,590 points in just 55 games. That’s how he broke the Captain’s 38-year-old record. In terms of LeBron’s scoring average, he should become the first member of the 40,000 points club next season. LeBron James has an average of 27.2 points per contest, but he will only need a 22.46 average for next year to get there.

B. LBJ Can Surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar In Most All-Star Selections

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LeBron James Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Source: Sporting News
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Nikola Jokic LeBron James Source: ESPN

Currently, James is the joint most selected in All-Star Games with the Captain (19 times). Both of them had a long career. Next year, LeBron James can get his 20th selection. In his career, James had 13 first-team selections and three times each on the second and third teams. 

C. Top Three In Free-Throws Made

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Max Christie LeBron James Lakers Source: Lakers Nation

Currently, Kobe Bryant (8,378), Moses Malone (8,531), and Karl Malone (9,787) are ahead of LeBron James. Last season, James made 251 free throws. If he can make more than 292 free throws next season, he will surpass Kobe Bryant.

D. LeBron James Can Play For The Second-Highest Minutes In The Regular Season

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LeBron James. Source – FanNation

Again, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leads the table with a mammoth 57,446 minutes. Currently, James has played for 54,094 minutes in total. He can surpass Karl Malone, who has played 54,852 minutes. If James can play for 758 regular season minutes next season. 

E. James Can Become Eighth In All-Time Steals

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 18: Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) dribbles against Los Angeles Lakers’ Lebron James (6) in the first quarter at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Currently, James has 2,186 steals and is in 9th place on the all-time list. John Stockton leads the list with 3,265 career steals. Michael Jordan is fourth on the list with 2,514 steals in his 15 seasons long career.