• Finalizado
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    2015-09-12
    Argentina 71
    Venezuela 76
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    BRONCE
    2015-09-12
    Mexico 86
    Canada 87
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    SEMIFINAL
    2015-09-11
    Argentina 78
    Mexico 70
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    SEMIFINAL
    2015-09-11
    Canada 78
    Venezuela 79
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    Ronda 2
    2015-09-09
    Mexico 95
    Argentina 83
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    Ronda 2
    2015-09-09
    Uruguay 69
    Puerto Rico 80
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    Ronda 2
    2015-09-09
    Dominicana 103
    Canada 120
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    Ronda 2
    2015-09-09
    Panama 62
    Venezuela 75
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Mexico 73
    Canada 94
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Panama 71
    Puerto Rico 78
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Venezuela 75
    Uruguay 77
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Argentina 92
    Dominicana 84

Could LeBron James arrive to 40,000 points?

His impressive statistics and its earliness invites to think very seriously: Has really "The Chosen" got limits?

Could LeBron James arrive to 40,000 points?

Michael Jordan played his last game in 2003 at age 40. He retired as the third leading scorer in NBA with 32,292 points. However, one question is left on the shelf.

Because the American competition is not so focused on career totals unlike other leagues of basketball, when those four years and a half inactivity -remember: he played a total of fifteen seasons, but between his first and last one were nineteen- are discussed in the context of championships, and assuming that his play remains superlative in all these years, how much more would have won if he had not been absent the previous two times after the two three-peats with Chicago? Well, the retirements also have cost Jordan the opportunity to go much further if we talk about building a career in numerical terms.

Even better than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. As much as Shaquille O'Neal called it quits last season, Kobe Bryant has now become the all-time leading scorer among active players. He still feels young (he’ll turn 33 on August 23rd), although with a fifteen-season baggage, and 27 868 points which places him sixth on the all-time list, 532 points less than Shaq who is immediately above him. Kobe needs to keep his twenty-five points per night average for at least five more years if he wants to go for the record. Very difficult task as we consider his weak initial numbers (his rookie season was limited to 7.6 points per game, just 15.5 the following year and in his third season, the 1998-99 "lockout", was four points shy to the thousand -remained at 996 in 50 games, meaning a 19.9 average-).

The remaining players with 20,000 points or more who are still in active -Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki, Ray Allen, Tim Duncan, Paul Pierce and Vince Carter- have at least thirty years old and very far from Kobe to catch up. Except for the German, the others lowered their averages in recent years in a sensitive manner.

There is another factor to consider, as important as the others. Years ago Gonzalo Vazquez, a Spanish journalist, commented in his ACB.com blog –in a post called "NBA: the Ten Commandments of an S.O.S"- a phenomenon known as "infantilization". Never the league had had so much players who didn’t finish the college than now. Even worse: some of them even didn’t start it. Usually those players have lack of formation, and they don’t arrive so much further, with some exceptions like Kobe Bryant… or LeBron James.  

LeBron is a special case. Never in the history of the NBA has had a placer as much "all-around" as possible in a position different of guard since the times of Wilt Chamberlain. He has career averages of 27 points a game; 7.5 rebounds a game –with an insane 4 feet (1.20 meters) leap; he has an amazing technique, not innate but very hard-worked, very good position and timing- but also a perfect game vision: 7.5 assists a game (with 651 assists he broke in the 2009-10 season (his last with Cleveland) the Larry Bird’s record of most assists in a season as a forward.

And he has only 26 years old. He already finished his eighth Seaton in the league, but has 17,362 points in 627 regular-season games, breaking all precocity scoring records existed now and forth. And also he has at least twelve years of career. At this rate, we could say that he will not only surpass the 38,387 point-mark of Kareem, but could also become the first player to surpass the 40,000 point-plateau in the best basketball league in the world. There are plenty of reasons to think that such a feat is not a utopia. Dream on it is free.

 


Matias Barmat (@worldhoopstats)

Lecturas: 1697 - 2011-08-21