LeBron James continues to extend his status as one of the best players in NBA history. The Lakers superstar became the first player to rank in the top 100 in points, assists, rebounds, three-pointers, steals, and blocks. With his two blocks in LA’s previous game against the San Antonio Spurs, James surpassed Emeka Okafor for the 100th spot on that list.
With many games ahead of him, LeBron James will have ample opportunity to reach higher in each statistic. He currently ranks third in points, behind Kareem-Abdul Jabbar and Karl Malone. James also ranks eighth in assists, eleventh in three-pointers and steals, and 42nd in rebounds.
LeBron will celebrate his 37th birthday later this month. Given that, it leaves us to question how much longer he can sustain his dominant play. With the Lakers amidst a four-game losing streak going into Christmas day, they’ll need him in peak form for the challenges that lie ahead. In the meantime, we ought to take this latest feat and show appreciation for one of the game’s greatest players.
The legend of LeBron James
One of the leading components to LeBron James’ accomplishments regards his longevity. Considering that he entered the league in 2003, it’s a marvel how he has maintained form. Only he and Carmelo Anthony are the remaining active players from their draft class. Even so, while Anthony slowly regressed physically and productively, James remains a top-tier player in the NBA today.
Beyond the statistical accomplishments and his tenure in the league, championship success has headlined the top moments of his career. He has won back-to-back championship wins with the Miami Heat and ended a half-century-long championship drought in Cleveland, Ohio. He most recently brought LA their 17th title in 2020. These feats and more have etched James well into the conversation about who the greatest player of all time is.
For all he has earned in the NBA, LeBron James stands alongside Michael Jordan, Kareen Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, and others in basketball history. The only difference between him and the rest of the crop is that he has more games to play.