There's no doubt in anyone's mind that LeBron James is one of the NBA's most consistent scorers of all-time, having never averaged under 20 points per game, even in his rookie season, and never under 25 points per game if you exclude his rookie season.
Because of this, James has put himself in a position to become the NBA's leading point scorer when everything is said and done, and at 33 years of age, currently sits 7th overall with 31,038, only 100 or so points behind Dirk Nowitzki, and 300 or so points behind Wilt Chamberlain for 5th place.
Many considered Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's career scoring total to be an unbreakable record, as he sits first with 38,387 points, 1,500 points ahead of second-placed Karl Malone, but after LeBron James reached the wrong side of 30, and failed to slow down one bit, many are now betting on James surpassing Kareem's record by the time he retires, even becoming the first-ever player to score 40,000 career points.
To achieve the feat however, would require excellent play from LeBron as he reaches the twilight of his career, but a Reddit user going by the name of azeray has done the calculations, and it may not be so hard after all.
"Searching through bball reference, I was wondering what is the most plausible scenario LeBron has to take the throne as the all time career points scored leader. With LeBron showing no signs of slowing down, I figured that because of LeBron's durability, it shouldn't be too difficult to average 70 games played per season for the next 5 years, at a modest 21ppg to take extra precaution of father time.
What I found to be the most interesting, is that if you add up these averages with LeBron's current career point total (7,350 + 31038), you get 38,388 total points, which is exactly ONE more than the current all time leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who sits at 38,387 points.
I truly believe we are going to witness history being made, and I would not be surprised if he breaks 40k career points. It's completely unprecedented at how consistent LeBron has been, even at his age. Remember, this is his 15th season with 13 of those seasons continuing into the playoffs."
So even if LeBron proceeds to play until he's 38, missing 12 games a season and averages his worst point totals since his rookie year for the next half-decade, James will still beat Kareem's record, by one point no less. Unbelievable.