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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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5 Best Buzzer-Beaters in the NBA History

A buzzer-beater brings some of the most explosive wins. Buzzer-beaters are indeed heart-pounding.

Not created equal, a buzzer-beater can be a game-winning or series-clinching. The latter tends to be more exciting, though, because it changes the game from that point forward.

Here are the five buzzer-beaters boot throughout the league’s history.

#5 Damian Lillard’s 2014 buzzer-beater (Portland Trail Blazers vs Houston Rockets)

Lillard had his first walk-off buzzer-beater in 2014. The shot was momentous for so many reasons. First, it was the Blazers’ first series win after 14 long years. The team was always eliminated in the first round ever since it appeared in the 1999-2000 NBA season Western Conference Finals.

Lillard’s winning shot came at 0.9 seconds left with Rockets leading the game by two points. He took the inbound and the chance, giving them the 3-2 lead.

#4 Ralph Sampson’s 1986 buzzer-beater (Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers)

Included in the list of the greatest playoff moments was Sampson’s one-second buzzer-beater. The 7’4” Sampson went against Hakeem Olajuwon but completed the shot nonetheless.

It was a miraculous inbound-toss shot on Game 5, allowing the Rockets to appear in its second NBA Finals in the 1985-86 season.

#3 Damian Lillard’s 2019 buzzer-beater (Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunders)

It’s Lillard once again. This Blazer knows how to score points even from long-ranges. He shoots this buzzer-beater from the logo–about 37 feet away from the basket. 

The finale shot clinched the series for the Blazers in just five games. It was one of their heated series with players clashing here and there. The scores were tied at 115 with less than seven seconds to finish the game.

#2 Kawhi Leonard’s 2019 buzzer-beater (Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers)

This meeting took 18 years to happen once more. The Raptors could only imagine what would have happened if Vince Carter was able to shoot that last-second shot at the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2001.

Leonard sealed that what-could-have-been moment with his three-point jumper. He was no stranger to game-winning shots, but this one’s different. The fadeaway shot resulted in an airball; the ball bounced four times at the rim before it went inside. Even the seemingly calm Leonard let out a big scream afterwards.

Not only it brought the Raptors to the 2018-19 NBA Finals, but it was also the first buzzer-beater in a Game 7 throughout the history of the NBA. The Raptors won the Finals with Leonard as the Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP).

#1 Michael Jordan’s 1989 buzzer-beater (Chicago Bulls vs Cleveland Cavaliers)

The Bulls and the Cavs have faced one another in several playoffs, but this one’s epic because of Jordan’s buzzer-beater (later known as “The Shot”). A tied series at 2-2, the Cavs led the Game 5 by one point until Jordan’s jumper.

With only three seconds remaining at the shot clock, the ace player took a chance, and it went in. He went head to head against Craig Elho who tried to block the shot to no avail. Jordan had a goal celebration with one of the most iconic fist pumps in NBA history.

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