Dwayne Wade: Kevin Durant Will Likely Be Quicker to 20K Points Than LeBron James

Will LeivenbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2013

Standing next to LeBron James is like standing next to a pillar at the Parthenon. He’s a Herculean freak of nature; imagine what it must be like when he’s storming down the lane. Yikes.

At 6’8 and 250-pounds, LBJ is just 18 points shy of becoming the youngest player in NBA history to reach 20,000 points. James’ right-hand man, Dwyane Wade, weighed in on the feat.

Wade can appreciate this milestone unlike almost anyone else in the NBA. He competed against James when he was the face of the Cleveland Cavaliers (2003-2010) and has been his teammate for nearly three seasons on the Miami Heat. Wade, a perennial All-Star in the NBA (2005-2012), has played alongside James in two NBA Championships in the last two seasons, first losing to the Mavericks in 2011 and then winning in 2012 against the Oklahoma City Thunder (for Wade's second ring).

He’s watched James’ game evolve into one of the most explosive and dominating the sport has ever seen. Yet, even as Wade praised LeBron's achievement, he couldn't help but mention that the record will only be safe for a short time as long as the "Durantula" is around.

Kevin Durant, AKA "Durantula" of the Oklahoma City Thunder is just 24 years old and has already passed the 11,000-point mark. It's seems inevitable that if Durant stays on this track—he's won the NBA scoring title each of the last three seasons—he'll snatch the record from LeBron.

In the meantime, sit back, relax and watch James go to work.