Heat's LeBron James Becomes 4th Player in NBA History with 9 2,000-Point Seasons

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffApril 10, 2014

Miami Heat forward LeBron James plays against the Memphis Grizzlies in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. The Grizzlies won 107-102. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Mark Humphrey

Miami Heat forward LeBron James reached 2,000 points for the season in Wednesday's loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, becoming just the fourth player in NBA history to score 2,000-plus points in a season nine times, per ESPN Stats & Info, via Elias.

James wasn't able to lift his Heat to victory Wednesday, but he zoomed past the milestone with a 37-point performance, bringing his tally to 2,026 for the season.

He's now reached the 2,000-point mark in nine of his 11 NBA campaigns, with the exceptions being his rookie year in 2003-04 and the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season.

The lockout season can hardly be counted against him, as James played 62 of a possible 66 games, while averaging 27.1 points per contest. Prorating those numbers to an 82-game schedule, James would have played 77 games and scored 2,087 points.

As for that rookie season, only nine players in NBA history have reached the 2,000-point plateau as rookies, and only one player—Michael Jordan in 1984-85—has done it since 1971-72.

Surprisingly, neither Jordan nor Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the record for most 2,000-point seasons, an honor that goes to Karl Malone with 12. Jordan accomplished the feat 11 times, while Abdul-Jabbar is tied with LeBron at nine.

James will likely surpass all three Hall of Famers, but he may just be keeping the seat warm for 25-year-old Kevin Durant, who already has four 2,000-point campaigns of his own.