Jan 17, 2013, 1:46 AM EDT
There may never have been an NBA player with more physical gifts than LeBron James. He is the size of Karl Malone, he is strong, but he has the quickness of an elite point guard. He has touch and he has that innate court vision and sense of the game that only some of the elite guards in the game have seemed to possess.
So, it really shouldn’t be a shock he was the youngest NBA player to 20,000 points with the shot above. He passes Kobe Bryant, who got point 20K at 29 years, 122 days old. LeBron did it at 28 years, 17 days.
LeBron also had the advantage of being on teams for years in Cleveland that needed him to score big to have a chance. (Advantage when trying to rack up points, not advantage if you wanted to win titles.) He obliged and put up some huge scoring numbers. It took a move out of his home town and some hard knocks for his mistakes for him to mature enough to lead a team to the title. That and better talent around him.
If you think this record will stand forever, I’d like you to meet Kevin Durant, who has more than 11,000 points at age 24.
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