This past Tuesday LeBron James joined the very exclusive 30,000-point club. He is the youngest to ever do it. There have been only six NBA players to ever achieve this milestone, making James the seventh. Others on the list are: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,808).
(LeBron James shows appreciation to fans after scoring his 30,000th point (source: USA Today))
The main difference between James and everyone else on the list, is that LeBron James has never identified himself as a scorer. He is an all-around talent that is focused on playing the game of basketball the right way. He will make the extra pass, hustle back on defense, and do any little thing to help his team win. Even with his unselfish playstyle, James has found himself among the greatest offensive threats in NBA history. Many believe LeBron James is the greatest player of all time at only age 33, but that is a debate that will never end.
James scored the historic point with 1.1 seconds left in the first quarter against the Spurs on a Tuesday night. It was a 2-point jumper that moved his point total from 29,999 to 30,001. Fittingly so, the quarter ended with that shot and LeBron was congratulated by his teammates and the fans in attendance. First to greet James was his long time teammate Dwyane Wade. The two exchanged a hug and the LeBron was embraced by the rest of his teammates.
Many NBA players and celebrities also congratulated James for his accomplishment, including music superstar Drake. LeBron James and Drake made it public that they were friends several years ago and Drake has made several references to LeBron in his music. Drake congratulated LeBron on his 30,000 points by making a Twitter video. The video is heartfelt and humorous; everything one would expect from Drake. Check out the video here.
It is possible we could see some more congratulation posts from Drake in the near future. LeBron James is currently in his fifteenth NBA season, but is still showing dominance across the league. If he stays healthy for the years to come, it is conceivable for him to become the number one scorer of all time. That would make the LeBron James and Michael Jordan debate a bit more interesting.