LeBron James has recently passed Karl Malone in all-time regular-season scoring during the Lakers - Wizards game. Now, he has only one player that he has to pass to become the all-time scoring leader, and that is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
A lot of NBA fans reacted to LeBron James becoming the second all-time scoring. Many were in awe of his abilities, and it's clear that LeBron James' longevity is unprecedented.
There is no doubt that a lot of people don't traditionally view LeBron James as a scorer, due to his fantastic playmaking ability. However, it is obvious at this point that LeBron James is one of the greatest scorers ever. Someone averaging 29.8 PPG in their 19th season is clearly a fantastic scorer.
It is clear that the Los Angeles Lakers need LeBron James to score to stay afloat offensively. However, some, like analyst Skip Bayless, have accused LeBron James of stat-padding when chasing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's scoring record in the past.
“LeBron continues chasing Kareem on a team that is now 24-24. He's turned into a Westbrick - a solo act of a stat machine. Defense optional. He's still an often sorry 3-pt shooter who takes way too many. But leading the league in scoring and passing Kareem are the priorities.”
It is unfortunate that the Los Angeles Lakers have been unable to capitalize on this fantastic scoring season from LeBron James. They seem to falter in important momentum-building games, and there's no doubt that they need to improve heavily if they are to try and make the playoffs, and potentially win a series.
Hopefully, we see LeBron James lead this Lakers roster to more wins as the regular season winds to a close. It is highly likely that they'll be a play-in tier team again this season. With that being said, LeBron James did manage to make it out of the play-in tournament last season, and perhaps we'll see him do it again.