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NBA milestone watch: LeBron James set to make history in 2023; who else will climb up the record books?


It is simple to lose track of the NBA record book. Normally, we’re coping with enormous four- and five-digit numbers, and in contrast to a sport like baseball, where raw numbers are likely to dominate, basketball statistics largely deal in averages. I can not inform you what number of points Michael Jordan scored in his profession off the highest of my head … but I can inform you he averaged around 30 points per game.

So to make the method a bit easier, let’s dive into the NBA record book ahead of the brand new 12 months. Who’s going to make history in 2023? One player stands out, but there are many milestones to be reached within the near future.

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The LeBron category

In case you have been living under a rock, LeBron James could be very, very near breaking the NBA’s all-time scoring record. As of this writing, he’s 629 points behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time record of 38,387. At his current rate of 27.8 points per game, he’s 23 games away from making history. Barring injuries, that will allow him to interrupt the record on Feb. 9 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

That is the most important record LeBron goes to interrupt this season, but he will climb the ladder in several other key areas. James currently ranks sixth in NBA history with 10,211 assists. By the top of the season, he’ll likely be ranked fourth, passing Mark Jackson (10,334) and Steve Nash (10,335). He also ranks tenth in steals, but has a very good likelihood to catch ninth-place Clyde Drexler, who’s 43 steals ahead of him.

In the event you’re taking the longer view here, the most important record left for James to chase after points is the all-time wins record. Up to now in his profession, he has won 904 regular-season games. Abdul-Jabbar is the present record-holder at 1,074. James has a ways to go to catch him, but needs just 13 wins to pass Dirk Nowitzki in sixth place. In the event you include the playoffs, James already ranks fourth with 1,078 wins. Abdul-Jabbar has 1,228, so James has a ways to go to catch him, too, and possibly won’t reach third-place Robert Parish (1,121) this season.

Everyone else: Points

We probably won’t see any latest top 10 scorers this season … but there is a slim likelihood we could. Carmelo Anthony is a meager 307 points behind Shaquille O’Neal for tenth in NBA history. The issue, as you likely guessed, is that Anthony will not be currently employed. Possibly that changes. If it doesn’t, Anthony is stuck at No. 11.

Someone who is not stuck? Kevin Durant. At 26,484 points, he ranks nineteenth in NBA history. An attainable goal for this season could be Dan Issel at 27,482. He’s in twelfth place together with his ABA points included. Durant’s Nets have 49 games left this season. Durant would want to average roughly 20.4 points per game if he played in all of them to achieve Issel. Even with some missed games built into the typical, he should get there comfortably as long as he stays relatively healthy. Then, in future seasons, he’ll climb up the leaderboard.

Things get sparser after Durant. James Harden and Russell Westbrook are each making runs at the highest 30. Chris Paul, Stephen Curry and DeMar DeRozan are each within the 40s. Curry has a shot at a much higher slot on this list, but for now, Durant and James are the players to look at.

Everyone else: Assists

James is trying to achieve the highest five in assists. Paul is already there. He currently ranks third with 11,159 assists, but he’s probably going to stay there for this season. He’ll catch Jason Kidd at 12,091 eventually, but for now, third place is where he’ll stay, and depending on how long the 2 of them play, he’ll likely be jockeying for position with James for the following several years. No one is catching John Stockton at a ridiculous 15,806 assists.

Westbrook is just 130 assists shy of the highest 10, and can likely pass Gary Payton in some unspecified time in the future in the following month or two. Harden is 44 assists shy of the highest 25, but the issue is that he’s chasing an lively player in Kyle Lowry. Each can guarantee themselves admission into the highest 25 by passing Kevin Johnson at 6,711. Each will likely do that in some unspecified time in the future through the season. No other lively players are in the highest 40.

Everyone else: Rebounds

Remember when the middle position was coping with such a drought that DeAndre Jordan was named to an All-NBA Team? Well, that drought had a fairly pronounced effect on the record books. As of immediately, LeBron James ranks fortieth in history with 10,412 profession rebounds. He’s the highest-ranked lively player on the rebounding leaderboard. Jordan himself is just behind him at forty third. The lone exception to this historic rebounding drought is Dwight Howard, who’s currently in eleventh, but as he’s playing in Taiwan immediately, he probably won’t ever crack the highest 10.

Team records

The Boston Celtics have the fewest losses within the NBA, but they’ve already lost their tenth game this season, guaranteeing that the 73-9 Warriors will hold onto the regular-season wins record for an additional 12 months. A record Boston might break, though, is the offensive efficiency record. At 117.2 points per 100 possessions, the Celtics are right behind the 2021 Nets at 117.3 for essentially the most efficient offense in NBA history. It ought to be noted, though, that it is a record that changes hands ceaselessly. The Nets themselves broke a record set only a 12 months earlier by the 2020 Mavericks.

Similarly, the Golden State Warriors are on pace to interrupt the record for many 3-pointers in a season. They’re on pace to make 1,327 this season. The record is 1,323, which was set by the 2019 Rockets. Nevertheless, with Stephen Curry now injured, the Warriors probably won’t touch Houston’s record. They’ll just must wait a 12 months or two until they will stay mostly healthy.

In the event you’re on the lookout for a shooting record that truly will get broken this season, I invite you to look at the best mid-range shooting team in NBA history: the Brooklyn Nets. With almost half of the season within the books, the Nets are shooting an astonishing 51.3 percent within the mid-range. The NBA record is 47.4 percent by the 2021 Phoenix Suns. The Celtics, at 47.9 percent, even have a likelihood to interrupt Phoenix’s record, nevertheless it’ll all be for nothing if the Nets keep shooting in addition to they’ve. 

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