LeBron James Joins Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird in Elite Stat Area

Josh MartinNBA Lead WriterJune 10, 2014

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Another day, another statistical milestone for LeBron James.

In Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals, James became just the third player ever—after Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant—to pile up 4,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in a postseason career. In Game 3, James joined a similarly exclusive club, one that also includes Larry Bird, via SportsCenter's official Twitter account:

A dime on a dunk by Chris Bosh edged James ahead of Hall of Famer Dennis Johnson for 10th in assists. He came into Tuesday's tilt against the San Antonio Spurs ranked eighth in scoring. Here's a look at where those other three legends stand at present:

Playoff Points and Assists of NBA Greats
PointsRankAssistsRank
Bird3,8979th1,0624th
Jordan5,9871st1,0229th
Bryant5,6403rd1,0407th
Basketball Reference

James, though, still has a ways to go before he catches up to the leader in either category. If James continues to accumulate points and assists at his playoff-career rate (i.e. 28 points, 6.5 assists), he'll need approximately 59 games to track down Jordan's all-time mark of 5,987 points and another 148 games after that to surpass Magic Johnson at 2,346 assists.

Magic's record may be difficult to equal—James has played in 156 playoff games in his 11 seasons so far—but there's at least one fraternity in which LeBron could stand along only one other giant before all is said and done.

Should James collect 8.4 rebounds a night, as he has thus far in his playoff appearances, he'll need about 45 more games to catch Bird and climb into the top 10 in postseason rebounding. That'd make James the second player in league history, after Larry Legend, to rank among the 10 most productive in each of basketball's three biggest statistical categories in the playoffs—and the only one still standing in that regard, after nudging Bird out of the mix in boards.

 

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