LeBron James Becomes Youngest Player to Reach 25k Points

06 Mar 2015, Atlanta, Georgia, USA --- Clevend Cavaliers vs Atlanta Hawks at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, GA. Pictured: Lebron James --- Image by © Jerome Pearson/Splash News/Corbis

By Matt Case 11/5/15

 

At 30-years-old, Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James becomes the youngest NBA player in history to score 25,000 career points.

 

James hit the mark in Monday night’s contest against the Philadelphia 76ers on an alley-oop dunk in the fourth quarter, and finished the game with 22 points, 11 assists, 9 rebounds, and 4 steals. Cleveland won 107-100.

 

“The man above definitely put a stamp on it,” James said. “What better way to close in on it than by me kind of high-flying a little bit.”

 

Drafted number one overall in 2003 out of Saint Vincent-Saint Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, James later became the 14th youngest player to start an NBA game. Monday, he became the 20th player to reach 25,000 points.

 

“Winning basketball games and then reaching milestones individually will be a pretty cool thing,” James said. “But any time along that line that you’re able to reach a milestone, I think it’s very humbling.”

 

James is one of six current NBA players who has accomplished the feat, joining Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce.

 

The two-time NBA champion has averaged over 27 points in 915 regular season games, reaching 25,000 in more games than only Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

 

“It’s definitely a milestone any time you’re able to have an accomplishment like that,” James said. “I’ve been around some great groups, and I’m able to reap a lot of the benefits.”

 

Currently in his 13th year, the four-time MVP needs 192 points to pass Jerry West for 19th on the all-time scoring list, and based on his career numbers, could crack the top ten by the end of the season.

 

“It’s cool to see when you’re able to kind of just stop and look at it,” James said. “Because I don’t get much time to really stop and look at some of the things that I’ve done.”

 

James adds the 25k mark to his already impressive resume: two-time NBA champion and finals MVP, four-time regular season MVP, 11 consecutive All-Star teams with two All-Star game MVPs, nine-time All-NBA First Team (eight consecutive), and five-time All-Defensive First Team.

 

He also earned the Rookie of the Year award in 2004 and was scoring champion in 2008.

 

In the first four games the 2015-16 season, James has averaged 22 points and led the Cavs to a 3-1 start.