” If you answer my name, know that there is no way, because I will not play that long. »
We can say that Luka Doncic didn’t take four paths when discussing his possible longevity in the NBA. A statement that echoes the questions of some fans and observers, about the identity of the one who may, one day, beat the (future) scoring record of LeBron James.
In fifteen games, the “King” (37,965 points) should definitely surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), to become the most prolific scorer of all time, in the regular season. Once this individual achievement is achieved, the question becomes which player will be able to dethrone “LBJ” at the top of this ranking.
What is certain is that it will not be an easy task, because we remember for example that “KAJ” has had this record since April 1984, when he ejected Wilt Chamberlain from the top step of the podium.
After almost 39 years, the former famous pivot of the Bucks and the Lakers is also preparing to relinquish, in turn, his throne to LeBron James, who was recently invited to give the names of possible challengers, in the long run . , his leadership in scoring…
” The name of [Kevin Durant] is the first thing that comes to our mind, we don’t call it ‘Easy Money’ or ‘Slim Reaper’ for nothing… “, Quadruple MVP is estimated. ” There are many great scorers in the league and [Kevin Durant] is part of. Kyrie [Irving]Luke [Doncic], [Joel] Embiid, Giannis [Antetokounmpo]… All these people do statistics too. But you have to be lucky to be on the court and play: health is the most important aspect. »
LeBron earlier, Doncic was faster
But according to Luka Doncic Himselfwe should cross his name off the list of potential candidates, because he has a hard time imagining himself playing, like LeBron James or even Dirk Nowitzki, twenty years in the NBA, away from home : “ it is long. I would rather go back to my farm in Slovenia… »
Since longevity is a key factor for this type of record, in the same way as earlyness and productivity, it can be difficult to see super stars of the Mavericks surpasses the Lakers, if it does not play very long in the league. Especially since the Slovenian starts far from his “rival” at the same age.
In fact, LeBron James has already scored 11,514 points before his 24th birthday, while Luka Doncic is behind and “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 is better than James, as he has a total of 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” is for many in his future record, which will also end up highlighting his ability to maintain good health over the years.
” This is always a possibility [qu’il soit battu]but it will be really complicated “Judges Luka Doncic in any case, about the scoring record. Then in detail: You have to have a guy who has been playing for 20 years, in this physical condition… Apart from the qualities of a basketball player, it is very difficult to take care of this body. [sur la durée]. »
That’s why the strange observation of “Luka Magic” on 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 doing is amazing, scoring 30-40 points almost every night. We rarely see anything like this. »
Good news for Luka Doncic: he will have the chance to see his role model up close this Thursday night, as the Mavericks take on the Lakers at the Crypto.com Arena (04:00).