Not that we needed another milestone to know it, but LeBron James has officially cemented himself in the Cavaliers record book.
Friday, he passed Brad Daugherty for the most points in Cavaliers history. As of Friday, LeBron James is 23 years and 83 days old. When I was 23 years and 83 days old, I was a little more than a year out of college, and had been working at my job for a little less than a year. So, yeah, LeBron’s pretty good, pretty young.
To put this in perspective, LeBron has the 4th-highest scoring average in NBA history, behind only Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Allen Iverson. If he keeps this up, he could eclipse the all-time scoring record by his 17th season -- at the age of 35! If he plays until he’s 40 (an unlikely scenario given just how damn rich he’ll be by then), then 45,000 points isn’t out of the question.
Another way to put this in perspective: every time LeBron takes the court, he’ll extend his own franchise record for career points. The only other guys in the league who can say that are Gerald Wallace and Dirk Nowitzki. Dirk’s been in the league since LeBron was in middle school, and Wallace’s team has been in the league for fewer years than LeBron himself.
LeBron is now averaging close to 31 PPG this season, accounting for 30% of his team’s scoring. Add in his assists, and LeBron generates better than 43% of every single Cavaliers point. He’s also taken the time to grab 521 rebounds, good for 2nd on the team. Those numbers go up when you only account for the games he played and throw out the games he didn’t (during which the Cavaliers are 0-6). Basically, what I’m saying is, if that’s not an MVP, I don’t know what is.