Legacy at Risk? Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic Surpass LeBron James in Crucial Records

Published 01/05/2021, 2:00 PM EST
Dec 18, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts against the Phoenix Suns during a preseason game at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James is often regarded as the greatest basketball player to ever walk the Earth. Well, that statement is often subjected to debates, but LeBron’s incredible list of records depict that he is indeed a phenomenal player. 

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He’s been in the NBA since 2003 and has amassed plenty of achievements to add to his legacy. But as the years are passing by, other superstars are coming in and smashing LBJ’s records. Are moments like these contributing to tarnishing Bron’s valued legacy? 

Jan 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) brings the ball upcourt against the San Antonio Spurs in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Giannis Antetokounmpo surpassed LeBron James with a mammoth performance 

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Giannis Antetokounmpo has already stolen some of the limelight away from LeBron James by winning consecutive MVP awards. He’s only 26-years-old and undoubtedly the future of the league. 

LeBron will hand over the torch to him once he retires, and Giannis is already out here posting massive numbers and surpassing LeBron in the history books. 

The Bucks soared to a victory on the back of Giannis’ 43-point performance on 17-24 shooting, and the ‘Greek Freak’ also surpassed LeBron James in a unique record. 

The memorable display marked the 6th time where Giannis had scored 40+ points on more than 70% field goal accuracy. With this, he surpassed the likes of Anthony Davis, James Harden, and LeBron James, who have recorded 5 such games. 

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Luka Doncic is a consistent record-breaker too!

Besides Giannis, Slovenian sensation Luka Doncic is a certified baller as well. These two foreign players are the future of the NBA, and they’re already out here breaking LeBron’s records! 

Of course, records are meant to be broken, but LeBron is facing a serious threat from his competitors. Luka Doncic recently surpassed LeBron in a quality metric which just suggests how good the 21-year-old has been. 

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As per reports, Doncic required only 139 NBA games to bring up each of 1000 career points, rebounds, and assists. This number is better than LeBron’s, as the current Lakers superstar took 158 games to record the numbers. 

Jan 1, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) walks off the court after the win over the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

We don’t often see players breaking LeBron James’ records, but this is just a sign that things are changing. Nothing is ever constant, and this applies to the NBA as well. How long until we see the remainder of LBJ’s feats being surpassed?

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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