» If you answer my name, know that there is no way, because I will not be playing that long. »
We can say that Luka Doncic did not go through four paths when discussing his possible longevity in the NBA. A statement that echoes the questions of some fans and observers, concerning the identity of the one who could, one day, beat the (future) scoring record of LeBron James.
In fifteen games, the « King » (37,965 points) should actually overtake Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), to become the most prolific scorer of all time, in the regular season. Once this individual accomplishment has been achieved, the question will then arise as to which player will be able to dethrone « LBJ » at the top of this ranking.
What is certain is that this will not be an easy task, because we remember for example that « KAJ » has had this record since April 1984, when he had ejected Wilt Chamberlain from the highest step. from the podium.
Almost 39 years later, the former illustrious pivot of the Bucks and the Lakers is therefore preparing to release, in turn, his throne to LeBron James, who had recently been invited to give the names of those who could challenge, in the long term. , his leadership in scoring…
» The name of [Kevin Durant] is the first one that comes to mind, we don’t call it ‘Easy Money’ or ‘Slim Reaper’ for nothing… “, Estimates the quadruple MVP. » There are a lot of great scorers in the league and [Kevin Durant] is part of. Kyrie [Irving]Luka [Doncic], [Joel] Embiid, Giannis [Antetokounmpo]… All these guys do stats too. But you have to be lucky to be on the court and play: health is the most important aspect. »
LeBron earlier, Doncic faster
But according to Luka Doncic himselfwe must already cross his name from the list of potential candidates, because he has a lot of trouble imagining himself playing, like LeBron James or even Dirk Nowitzki, twenty years in the NBA, far from home : “ It’s long. I would rather go back to my farm in Slovenia… »
As longevity is a major factor for this kind of record, in the same way as earliness and productivity, it may therefore be difficult to see the Super star of the Mavericks exceed that of the Lakers, if it does not play very long in the league. Especially since the Slovenian starts a long way behind his « rival » at the same age.
Indeed, LeBron James already totaled 11,514 points before his 24th birthday, while Luka Doncic is far behind and has « only » 8,263 points a month and a half before his 24th birthday. On the other hand, in terms of speed and not precocity, Doncic does better than James, as he totals 8,263 points after 302 games, against 8,069 points for his counterpart after the same number of meetings.
Proof that the precocity (and longevity) of the “King” are for a lot in his future record, which will also end up highlighting his ability to maintain good health over the years.
» It’s always a possibility [qu’il soit battu]but it’s going to be really complicated “Judges Luka Doncic in any case, about the scoring record. Then to detail: You have to have a guy who plays for 20 years, in this physical condition… Apart from the only qualities of a basketball player, it is very difficult to take care of this body [sur la durée]. »
Hence the wonder with which “Luka Magic” observes LeBron James, at 38 years old: “ It’s just amazing to watch him play. It’s his 20th season in the NBA and what he’s been doing, which is scoring 30-40 points almost every night, is just amazing. We rarely see this sort of thing. »
Good news for Luka Doncic: he will have the opportunity to see his model very closely this Thursday evening, since the Mavericks will face the Lakers at the Crypto.com Arena (04:00).