Last night during the Cleveland Cavaliers' 91-83 win over the Utah Jazz, #Lebron James passed arguably the greatest power forward of all time, #Tim Duncan, on the NBA's all time field goals made list. Prior to the Cavs-Jazz game, LeBron James had 10,278 regular season career field goals made, Tim Duncan had 10,285, so after LeBron's 8th field goal make, he passed the legend nicknamed "The Big Fundamental" on the list! King James was efficient on the night, shooting 13-20 from the field.
Most efficient superstar in the NBA?
LeBron James does not lead the league in scoring, in fact, he isn't even ranked in the top 5. LeBron James (26 PPG) is sitting in 9th place in scoring, behind the likes of #Russell Westbrook (31.7 PPG), Isaiah Thomas (29.2 PPG), James Harden (28.9 PPG), Anthony Davis (27.9 PPG), DeMar DeRozan (27.1 PPG), DeMarcus Cousins (26.7 PPG), Damian Lillard (26.5 PPG) and Kawhi Leonard (26.4 PPG). But what separates LeBron from the rest of the pack? His efficiency. LeBron James is shooting the ball at a crazy high clip, 54.2% FG. Of the 8 players ranked above him in scoring, none of them even surpass 50%, and the next best is Anthony Davis at 49.9%. The scoring leader is only shooting it at 41.9%. To prove this theory, LeBron averages 18 field goal attempts per game, and makes 10 of them. The league leading scorer, Russell Westbrook takes 24 field goal attempts per game and makes slightly over 10 of them. If LeBron took as many shots per game as Westbrook, he would statistically cash in with over 13 made field goals, propelling his PPG average to over 37 PPG. LeBron doesn't only shoot layups. The guy is second in the top 10 scoring leader rankings for three point field goal percentage.
This isn't the first time
LeBron James has been climbing up all time statistical lists throughout his career, so this isn't the first time he has surpassed the great Tim Duncan in an accolade. Just a year ago, LeBron passed Tim for 14th place on the NBA's all time scoring list. This was a very impressive feat as Duncan was still an active player in the NBA at the time. A few months later in the NBA playoffs, LeBron yet again passed Duncan. This time on the NBA's all time playoff scoring list. A list in which LeBron James might make history this season.