LeBron James inches towards 40K NBA points: how many does he need to reach the landmark?

February 7, 2023, only 10.9 seconds left to the finish of the third quarter of the game between the Lakers and OKC. One fadeaway later Crypto.com Arena’s roof came unglued as LeBron James broke Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring record that stood for 39 years.

Since then, LeBron has soared to further heights with yet another milestone beckoning with the magic number 40,000.

How many points does LeBron James need to reach 40K NBA points landmark?

Against Utah Jazz on November 21, LeBron crossed the 39K NBA career points. Since then, the Lakers talisman has bagged 868 more. This means he now needs 132 points to reach the 40k points mark.

LBJ scored 25 points tonight against the Pistons in a 125-111 win. The Lakers will go to Utah next but that’s not obviously where he will reach the coveted milestone with all due respect to his superhuman abilities.

So, when will LeBron touch the landmark? Looking at the scoring trend this season for LeBron, his average PPG is at 24.8. Given he remains injury-free moving forward, it should take him at least five to six games.

Now after scanning the fixtures, three games can be marked for the potential occasion. The 4-time NBA champion can reach the milestone against local rivals Clippers. If not, then at home court against the Wizards should be well acceptable. Even if he fails to do so, the haul can come against the Nuggets, with whom LeBron and Co. have a score to settle.

LeBron James’ NBA point landmark moments

The 2003 NBA draft pick No.1 scored his first-ever NBA point on October 23, 2003, in a 106-92 loss against the Sacramento Kings. Within 5 years of it, he scored his 10,000th point on February 7, 2008, in a 92-87 loss for the Cavs against the Celtics. It took him 368 games to reach the landmark after dropping 26 points in this particular game.

On January 16, 2013, LeBron scored 25 points in a 92-75 victory for the Heat against the Warriors. He reached the 20,000 mark in the process. With the progression trend staying on a steady incline, he notched up another 10k points en route to 30,000 points. This time against Spurs in a 114-102 loss for the Cavs. LeBron became the youngest player to reach the mark that was achieved previously by other NBA greats, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Dirk Nowitzki and Kobe Bryant.

With all the career accolades that have come his way since then, it’s time for yet another peak to be conquered by LeBron.

After sitting at the top of the food chain for quite a while now, it must be getting lonely for the 21-year NBA veteran. With the historic moment of 40k landmark on the horizon be sure to witness more history created by King James till he calls it a day.

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