LeBron James is set to play his 20th season in the NBA. While the four-time NBA champ had only of the most productive last season, his team, the Los Angeles Lakers, had a terrible run. The lakers finished 11 in the Western Conference and failed to qualify for the playoffs, thanks to a disappointing 33-49 record. Meanwhile, James averaged 30.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game. The 18-time All-Star shot 52.4% from the field, 75.6% from the free throw line, and 35.9% from the outside.
James surpassed Karl Malone to become the second highest scorer in the history of the NBA and also came close to winning the scoring title. The four-time NBA finals MVP needs to surpass Kareen Abdul Jabbar to become the highest-ever scorer in NBA. Moreover, with the form LeBron showcased last season, it is entirely realistic that he will most likely become the player with the most points in the league. The 37-year-old has scored a total of 37,062 points in the NBA so far.
Meanwhile, Kareem Abdul Jabbar ended his career on 38,387 points. Hence, LeBron James has a 1325 points deficit to cover next season and would have to score at an average of 16.2 points per game during the 2022-22 season to achieve the milestone. Apart from his rookie year, LeBron James has averaged at least 25 points per game in his 19 NBA seasons.
Can LeBron Turn The Lakers Fortunes Around With His Dominating Game?
In his podcast What’s Wright?, NBA Insider Nick Wright claimed that James would break Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s record while playing for a mediocre Lakers side. LA might not have a chance of winning the championship next season. Nick stated there is a possibility that the Lakers will barely improve on their last season’s performance. They have not made any crucial changes in the roster this offseason due to salary cap limitations.
Wright further added that the Lakers could have another disappointing run in 2022-23, which would be quite disappointing for LeBron fans. LeBron James would be in his 20th season, coming from a great offensive year. He is also on the verge of breaking Abdul Jabbar’s record this season. However, it would be for a mediocre Lakers team that would possibly win around 45 games, with no chance of winning the title. Nick added, “That is on the board, and it’s a super-depressing possibility.”
However, the Lakers could also succeed and change their fortunes around next season. James could lead the team to another championship victory. But, he will need support from Anthony Davis and Westbrook. With no real changes in their roster, the Lakers would really dig it in if they want to make the next season count.