Because he began scoring at a high level from day one, and because he never played college ball, LeBron James has an excellent shot being amongst the best scorers, in terms of total points, when it’s all said and done.
Last night, James became the youngest player in NBA history to eclipse 20,000 points for a career. Coincidentally, he also notched his 5,000th point in the same game (video after the jump).
James eclipsed the milestone Wednesday night against the Golden State Warriors when he made a short jumper with 2:45 left in the second quarter to give him 2,001 career points. He needed 18 points entering the game to be the 38th NBA player to reach the mark.
The previous youngest to score 20,000 points was Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who got there when he was 29 years, 122 days old. James was 28 years, 17 days on Wednesday.
In the first quarter, James also found Dwyane Wade slicing down the lane for his 5,000th career assist. He is the 13th player with 20,000 points and 5,000 assists.