Nets' Kevin Durant: 'Pretty Cool' to See LeBron James on Cusp of Scoring Record

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVNovember 25, 2022

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots over Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
AP Photo/Tony Avelar

Kevin Durant appreciates LeBron James' march toward history as the Los Angeles Lakers star nears the all-time NBA scoring record.

At the Brooklyn Nets' shootaround Friday prior to their game against the Indiana Pacers, Durant spoke about how LeBron is on the brink of an extraordinary achievement:

"To be the No. 1 in anything, there's 8 billion people in the world, we just figured that out last week, so to be the No. 1 of all time at scoring the basketball, I'm sure it's going to be a range of emotions for him. But to be in an era where we see this live is pretty cool as well. You probably can't even describe the emotions and feelings him and his family and his friends are going to go through, but it's cool to see it up close."

James has missed the Lakers' past five games with an adductor strain, but he has a strong chance to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's career scoring record this season if he can get healthy.

LeBron is 1,076 points away from Abdul-Jabbar's mark of 38,387 points with 37,311 career points.

James is considered one of the greatest players in NBA history by virtue of his 18 All-Star selections, four MVP awards, four championships and four NBA Finals MVP awards in a 20-year career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Lakers.

Injuries have limited James over the past few seasons, but the 37-year-old veteran has still been his dominant self when on the court.

In 56 games last season, he had the second-highest scoring average of his career at 30.3 points per game. In 10 games this year, he is averaging 24.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.9 assists.

Durant continues to rise up the all-time scoring ranks in his own right. He surpassed former Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics star Kevin Garnett for 18th on the all-time NBA scoring list Wednesday.

KD has 26,074 career points. Depending on how much longer the 34-year-old wants to play, he will retire high up the list of all-time leading scorers.

If Durant stays healthy, he could crack the top 12 or even make it inside the top 10 by the end of the season, as he is 1,335 points behind 10th-place scorer Moses Malone.

James and Durant are two of the greatest players in NBA history. They will forever be linked after meeting twice in the NBA Finals when James was with the Cavs and Durant was with the Golden State Warriors, along with a previous Finals matchup between James' Heat and Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant outdueled James in 2017 and 2018 and was named NBA Finals MVP each time, while James and the Heat defeated Durant and Oklahoma City in 2012, and LeBron was named NBA Finals MVP.

With six championships, six NBA Finals MVP awards and over 63,000 career points between them, James and Durant will always be viewed as two of the faces of the current generation of the NBA.