LeBron James Overtakes Lakers Legend in Another All-Time NBA Record

Published 01/31/2021, 5:30 AM EST
Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) poses with 2020 NBA Champion ring before a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

This was just another day in the office for LeBron James. With his longevity, coupled with his greatness as a player, he keeps smashing NBA records and makes new ones for the next generation to surpass.

Last night, the Lakers won a tightly contested matchup against the Boston Celtics (96-95). King James put up decent numbers (21 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists). However, this time he is not hitting the headlines for reaching any individual statistical milestone, but something that will also advance his legend.

Jan 30, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) works on Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) during the second quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

With the win against the Celtics, LeBron recorded the 854th win of his illustrious NBA career. This moved him past former Los Angeles Lakers forward and five-time NBA champion Derek Fisher in the all-time wins list.


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The list originally placed Fisher in the eighth spot; but now, LeBron occupies that place.

How far can LeBron James go?

At 36 years of age, he is defying all the odds by playing at a very high level. And he doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon, as he recently signed a contract extension that will ensure he plays until 2023 for the Lakers. So, how far can he go on this list?


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First things first, this is headed by none other than Kareem-Abdul Jabbar. He played for over 20 seasons in the NBA and won a combined six championships with top teams – Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks. So, he has a mammoth 1074 wins to his name.

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 03: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar attends the Yahoo News/ABCNews Pre-White House Correspondents’ dinner reception pre-party at Washington Hilton on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Yahoo News)

To knock him off his perch, James will need 221 more wins. This means at least a couple of more seasons after the current one to even have a shot at it, in theory. But speaking in more pragmatic terms, he will need to ply his trade in a high-level team for three more seasons.


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However, the most realistic target for him would be reaching 1000 wins first. That could move him as high as third in the list, which is currently occupied by Tim Duncan, with 1001 wins. Knowing his competitive spirit and willingness to be the best, he will leave no stone unturned in his quest to reach his milestone.


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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.