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LeBron James becomes youngest ever to 20,000 point (VIDEO)

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.

  1. BigBeachBall - Jan 17, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    18,387 more to catch kareem

  2. money2long - Jan 17, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    exactly. lebron had the advantage on being on teams that needed his scoring. congrats to lebron, but lemme touch on this kobe aspect. yes, he did it at a younger age than bryant, but when you look at lbj and kb, who was the guy coming in to the league as a phenom/future hall of famer/ franchise player ? who was drafted outside of the top 10 ? who wasn’t asked to start at day one, to carry his team, to dominate the ball?

    kobe is a self made superstar. he wasn’t expected to be this great. kobe has put in so much hard work , he made himself a franchise player. kobe even when he gave himself a name, wasn’t even the man on his team. he was second on the food chain, a burden lebron has never experienced. even in miami, he is still option number one. toning down attempts regardless, lebron is still option number one. when kobe was entering his prime is when the lakers finally gave kobe his stage, and i believe he averaged 35 a night.

    kobe wasn’t expected to become the mamba, however lebron was called king in high school, given the keys to the franchise from day one, and had all the tools to dominate. kobe had to make himself a star.

    i’m not surprised lebron reached 20k faster than kobe at all.

    • cramsinned - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:31 AM

      Well the media made this hype for lebron. In kobe’s time we don’t have facebook, twitter or blogs like this. Look at KG, he was also drafted straight from highschool. KG was a beast and dominated on his high school days. He was never hyped like LBJ because social media is not like the way it is today.

      It’s not his fault, but it doesn’t mean that he didn’t worked hard to be the player he is now. You’re just a kobe homer that wouldn’t like kobe to be ignored. You kobe fans just want to hear praises about kobe. We’ll he’s not the only good player on this world. I’m an LBJ fan but I’m still amazed with kobe’s talent.

      Just give credit where the credit is due.

      • money2long - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:09 AM

        alright

        first off, i said congrats. also, nothing i said about kobe is to take any credit away from lebron.

        my post was to bring light to why lebron reached it quicker than kobe. that was all.

        not once did i bash lebron. nothing i said was false either.

        if that makes me a “kobe homer” i don’t know what to say. yes, lebron lived up to the hype. but he was given that hype because he was expected to perform from day one. kobe was not that dude. true or false?

        true.

        kobe DID have to make his name in the league. it is rare nowadays that we don’t see a superstar coming. if anyone knew kobe would be a franchise player i think he’d at least be in the top 10 of his draft.

        how in the world did i make it seem like it was lebron’s fault that he was given the platform from day one? i was just making a case a to why lebron reached 20k faster than bryant. period. nothing more nothing less. no hate no where.

        did i say he didnt work hard? no. my whole idea was that, lebron was given a headstart to be the man. that is all. kobe had to wait his time. he had to prove himself to vets on his team. lebron was the truth as a rookie. the vets had to take a backseat to him.

        lebron is very very good (duh), but i say that to show i have nothing against him. and if my post came out the wrong way, sorry for the confusion, i give him all the props he deserves.

        i just ask yall to see my post for purely what is was, a case as to why lebron got to 20k faster, nothin mor, nothin less, no hate, no homer’ing.

    • cramsinned - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:43 AM

      “a burden lebron has never experienced”. “kobe wasn’t expected to become the mamba, however lebron was called king in high school, given the keys to the franchise from day one, and had all the tools to dominate. kobe had to make himself a star.

      Doesn’t it make more pressure if you’re expected to be good? Kobe never experienced the burden that lebron had. He was given the burden to carry a so so team. Do you think he doesn’t worked hard for it?

      If almost all of the people are expecting you to be great, you will feel more pressure.

    • divan22 - Jan 17, 2013 at 5:30 AM

      Who cares? LeBron still scores much more efficiently than Kobe does.

    • loungefly74 - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      first off…congrats to Lebron. the guy exceeded his monumental hype created by whoever and whatever (including himself).

      @money2long, those are great points. kobe did have some hype…but not nearly at lebron’s level. and you nailed it about kobe’s “jerry rice-esque” work ethic. i’d say it paid off.

  3. abchome - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:11 AM

    LeBron looks much older than 28-years-old though.

  4. southbeachtalent - Jan 17, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    When all is said and done Lebron will be BOAT. That’s the reality.

    CONGRATS!!!!!!!

  5. deadeyedesign23 - Jan 17, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Dude’s also on pace for 10,000 assists. He could end up top 3 all time in scoring and top 5 all time in dimes. Totally nuts.

  6. aboogy123456 - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Kurt’s first paragraph about Lebron’s unique physical gifts is spot on. Lebron is simply the best athlete that has ever been in the NBA in my opinion, and that makes the game so easy for him. He’s never going to have the talent that kobe has or the killer instinct, but his physical tools allow him to do pretty much whatever he wants on offense, and be the best defensive player in the league. He’s not kobe, guys should compare him to someone like shaq. A great player and great passer, and the game was easier for him because of his body.

  7. lmoneyfresh - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    I personally can’t stand Kobe or LBJ and have no dog in this fight, but Lebron will go down as the better player (not just scorer) in the end. Lebron just has more to his game, is more efficient and makes his teammates better. I fully believe LBJ that he could lead the league in scoring if he wanted to, but he believes that making his teammates better actually improves his chances of success more. And I don’t want to hear the rings argument, IMO that has no bearing on how great a player is.

    • divan22 - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      Kobe vs LeBron? Unless you either A) hate LeBron or B) don’t know basketball, the answer is obvious.

      The numbers aren’t lying to you. It’s LBJ in a landslide.

  8. ryanmaxfield27 - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Money2long your a joke..you can tell your a retard by your name..don’t even talk basketball your fool.

    • money2long - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      “don’t even talk basketball your fool.”

      ………what ?

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