Since the end of last season, there’s been an ongoing debate on whether Kawhi Leonard is already a better player than LeBron James. However, this debate doesn’t take into notice that Leonard is seven years younger.
So, obviously, it would make sense that a superstar entering his prime is playing better than a 35-year-old star, so, to me, this debate is pointless.
However, it just feels like we take LeBron’s greatness for granted and the only way to put things into perspective is by comparing his numbers with what other stars do/have done throughout their careers.
LeBron ➡️ to AD
Career assist number 9,000 for the King 👑 pic.twitter.com/ZPorBfnh4X
— ESPN (@espn) December 30, 2019
And now that LeBron James logged his 9,000th career assist, we couldn’t help to notice a stat that could help turn the tables in favor of the King, as he’s now 9th all-time in assists in the regular season, and 6th all-time in total assists.
Thing is, he now has more career assists (9,000) than Kawhi Leonard has career points (8,891), and if that doesn’t say enough about LeBron’s impact on the game, I don’t know what will.
James also became the first player to log 9,000 rebounds and 9,000 assists in NBA history, proving he’s the ultimate overall player and saying a lot about his longevity and durability throughout 17 seasons.
LeBron is also in a prime position to take down Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the all-time leading scorers’ list, something Kawhi is still ages away from.
However, his legacy will forever be questioned by his haters because of his losing record in the Finals, while Kawhi is 2-1 with 2 Finals MVPs at just 28 years old.
But if he’s able to lead the Lakers back to a Championship and wins a ring with his third different team, it would be tough for his doubters not to put some respect in his name.
Thus far, James is averaging 25.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, and a career-high 10.8 assists per game, incredible numbers for a player entering his 17th season in the league.