Michael Jordan is widely regarded as the greatest basketball player ever, but LeBron James has a superior record regardless.
LeBron became the leading NBA scorer in combined regular season and play-off history on Saturday February 12th.
King James scored 26 points to take his career tally to 44,157, surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 44,149.
Give it up for the new All-Time Leading Regular Season and Playoffs Scorer, LeBron James ? pic.twitter.com/zPlGGRhGXs
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 13, 2022
However, LeBron remains a little under 2,000 points behind Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the NBA’s all-time scoring title, but if you factor in points scored in the playoffs — which do not factor into the official list — James just passed Abdul-Jabbar’s 44,149 combined points.
With 36,526 points, King James remains behind Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928) on the regular-season points list.
Widely regarded as one of the best players of all time, LeBron has won four NBA Championships, four NBA MVP awards, four NBA Finals MVP awards and two Olympic gold medals with the United States.
Despite King James’ impressive record, Michael Jordan is still widely regarded as the greatest basketball player ever.
MJ sits 5th behind Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Karl Malone and Abdul-Jabbar in NBA list of all time pointers/top scorers.
However, MJ boasts of winning 6 NBA titles over his career with the Chicago Bulls. The legendary shooting guard also won a whopping 10 scoring titles and 6 Finals MVPs, placing him in a company of his own as a superstar who dominated the league for over a decade.
But since Jordan’s retirement, the world has seen the rise of a dominant superstar in LeBron James.
Nearly 20 years later, King James has certainly lived up to his reputation as the “next Jordan” because he has been the face of the NBA for so long.
Capturing 4 NBA titles and 4 Finals MVPs, LeBron has accomplished everything a superstar aims for including the coveted championships with three different teams. Everywhere LeBron went, his team won championships.
As a result of LeBron’s incredible longevity and accomplishments over nearly 20 years in NBA, he is often compared to the great MJ in terms of legacy and accomplishments.
Even if both MJ and King James played different positions and had completely different styles of play, it is only natural to compare the two legends on what they accomplished over their careers.
LeBron is still going on at an elite level in his 19th year in NBA while MJ only played 13 seasons before officially retiring for good.