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3 Major Records that LeBron James are About to Break this Season

The 2019-20 NBA season hasn’t started yet, but LeBron James has already created a buzz. It seems that people can never get enough of James—and we should never either.

Just last season in a game versus Denver Nuggets, he surpassed Michael Jordan’s record in the all-time scoring list. However, he still needs 6,077 more points to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring record of 38,387 points.

Hats off to one of the GOATs that the fans have seen throughout the years because this year James will surely break tons of records on his 17th season in the league. 

He is expected to play for as long as he possibly can, although the average retirement age of NBA players is 34 or 35 years old. The age of 40 is the final benchmark.

Here’s a roundup based on conservative guesstimates.

1) James as the 4th all-time highest points

James is in the third spot in the list of career scoring leaders. Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, and Abdul-Jabbar are still ahead of him.

To grab Bryant’s spot, he needs to score 1,100 points this season. A team would play up to 82 games, and James averages 13 points per game. If he played at all games and score 13 points for each, he would have 1,066 points.

More or less, he would break this record. However, he would have to play six to eight seasons more to grab the second and first spots, respectively. 

He must stay physically fit as well if he wants to do so. This one’s a stumbling block considering the four-time MVP’s age and evident physical decline that sceptics say started last season.

2) James as the 5th all-time highest field goals

James has to surpass Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Malone, and Abdul-Jabbar. He recently surpassed Bryant.

He has 11,838. So if he scored the 1,066 points in the 2019-20 NBA season, he would end up as the third-highest field goal scorer in history. Jordan has 12,192 while Chamberlain, 12,681.

He would beat Malone’s record, which is currently at 13,528, in the next season, 2020-21. After that, he still needs two more seasons to be #1.

3) James as the 8th all-time highest three points

While James is not a three-pointer, he managed to land at 8th place behind Bryant, Joe Johnson, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Vince Carter, Reggie Miller, and Ray Allen.

James per game average is three three-point shots, and his three-point shooting percentage is not that great, at 34.3%. It means he was making 738 points from his three-points per season or 246 baskets in total.

With this, he must make 33 three-point baskets to eclipse Bryant, 83 for Johson, 85 for Nowitzki, 138 for Pierce, and 167 for Carter to land the third position. This may happen this season if he would deliver on his current averages or even more.

In the next season, he might be the #1 all-time highest three-point shooter if he would make 277 and 415 baskets to outdo Miller and Allen, respectively.

 

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Several Ways the NBA 2019-20 Season Has Changed This Offseason

Time and again—that means every year, the league rolls out new rules for the NBA players and teams to follow. That’s despite the association claiming that the rules are being broken frequently.

Tampering, at the player and team levels, is one of the most common violations. The Board of Governors received several proposed changes that it has to approve or reject yet in the coming years.

Here are some of the changes that we may see, this 2019-20 NBA season.

Tampering rules

Declaration of unauthorized benefits

The team must report within 24 hours if an agent or any player representative who asked for a benefit (or benefits) that is otherwise not allowed. The bases are the salary and the collective bargaining agreement which the latter termed as “unauthorized benefits.”

Preservation of communications

All teams need to preserve any and all communications undertaken with players and their respective agents. Teams need to keep a record of a year’s communication.

Reporting anonymously

The league shall create new channels for teams and their employees to report any violations. The report would be anonymous and confidential.

Trade requests

No player would be allowed to induce a demand for a trade. This is especially applicable for players who are under contract.

Random investigatory audit

The league would also conduct an investigation of five teams on a random basis every year. The goal of the inspection is to assess the team’s system rules compliance.

Annual certification

Team governors, operations executives, and negotiators need to submit a certification, detailing they did not talk to any free agent and/or their representatives before the actual free agency dates. Likewise, they need to certify that no unauthorized benefits were offered to a player. They need to do this for each signed contract.

A team who is proven to have violated the rules would be fined $10,000. 

Challenge rule

The season will adapt the Coach’s Challenge on a trial run. Such a contest allows any team to review one decision per game.

A team is allowed to challenge a personal foul, out-of-bound ball possession, and goal-tending at any time other than in the game’s final two minutes.

A timeout must be called if the team wishes to challenge the decision since this is a potential interruption. Teams need to utilize the challenge strategically since it means losing a timeout.

Salary cap rules

In other interesting news, the NBA has also issued projected salary cups for the next two seasons (2020-21 and 2021-22). The salary cap would be $116 million and $125 million, respectively. The luxury tax threshold for the first year would be $141 million and $151 million in the second year.

There would be at least $2 million difference.

This is a significant problem among NBA teams who have already capped out for the next season. These are the Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, and Golden State Warriors, whose capped out over $143 million already.

One issue leading to the 2021-22 NBA season is the free agency of Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and LeBron James.

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