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LeBron James wants to be mentioned amongst the best scorers of all-time

LeBron admitted it pisses him off when people don't praise his scoring ability.
LeBron just wants his respect                                                                                                                     Jayne Kamin-Oncea USA Today-Sports

LeBron just wants his respect                                                                                                                     Jayne Kamin-Oncea USA Today-Sports

When talking about some of the best and most lethal scorers in NBA history, we usually mention guys like KD, Carmelo, Steph, or old-school guys like MJ, Kobe, Gervin, or Dantley. All players that could torch you from anywhere on the court when it's their night, with a god-given talent for putting the ball in the bucket. But one great that usually never enters that conversation is LeBron James, which doesn't sit well with him.

The leading scorers in NBA history aren't considered to be great scorers?

LeBron is rapidly going up the list of the best scorers in NBA history, being 209 points away from passing Karl Malone for the second place. Passing up Kareem, who is about 1500 points ahead of LeBron, is an impossible task for this year, but we can see James doing it next season if health serves him well.

That will be a monumental day and the crown to LeBron's iconic career. It's amazing to see how someone who is considered to be more of a facilitator gets to this point. Then you look at the fact Kareem and Malone also aren't regarded to be lethal scorers. Instead, their longevity, simple way of getting buckets, and long careers led to them getting to the top.

The same can be said for LeBron, who has had the luxury of avoiding any major injuries in his 19-year career. After all, to be able to break these kinds of records requires taking care of your body and evolving with the game, rather than being a player capable of torching opponents for a few years. That's why a guy like Adrian Dantley who had a couple of 30 ppg seasons in his prime, isn't in the record books.

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LeBron wants his respect

LeBron often gets mentioned in the GOAT debate and compared to Michael Jordan, but it looks like that is not even enough to satisfy "The King." In the latest episode of The Shop, LeBron expressed his frustration with the fact people don't think of him as a gifted scorer:

"I'm not like a natural scorer, I love getting my guys involved. I've always been that way...To sit at the top of the food chain, the most points scored in the history of the game, it's weird to me like they don't ever call me; when they talk about the best scorers of all time, they never mention my name. Yeah, that pisses me off, they don't ever bring my name into it."


That is a valid point from LeBron's point of view, but I still think he isn't a great scorer. He is an unbelievable all-around player that can score in every way possible but not as efficiently or effortlessly as some of the greatest. When it comes to athletism, playmaking, basketball IQ, or any other aspect, you can put him with the best. But regarding scoring, that is the only thing LeBron hasn't mastered to the fullest.

Although the jump shot has come a long way, it is still streaky and not consistent enough to be considered elite. The same can be said for free-throw shooting. It simple. James doesn't have that bag of being able to just pull up from anywhere or in any kind of position with confidence like Durant or Curry. He can overpower guys and shoot when he's hot, which is excellent but not elite.

The fact he will be the leading scorer in NBA history is unmatchable and great, but it's the product of his inhuman god-given athletic ability, durability, and discipline to take care of himself. No matter how hard and admirable that is, it doesn't make you the greatest scorer in history. Sure, you are an amazing all-around player and one of the greatest, but you will never be labeled a 'great scorer' in the minds of most NBA fans.

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