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James Ready To Pass 20,000

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HANG TIME NEW JERSEY – LeBron James is 18 points away from being the 38th player in NBA history to reach the 20,000-point mark. At 28 years and 17 days old, he’ll be the youngest to do it by more than a year.

James has evolved as a player since he entered the league as an 18-year-old in 2003. But from the start, he’s been one of the most unique players in NBA history. You see it in the way he plays the game, but also in his numbers.

James doesn’t quite score like a big man, but he doesn’t score like a typical perimeter scorer either. Of his 19,982 points, 66 percent have come in the paint or at the free throw line. Of the top scorers of the past 10-15 years, that’s a higher mark than anyone but Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan or Dwyane Wade.

Scoring from different areas of the floor

Player PTS %FT %Paint %Mid-range %3P
Ray Allen 23,336 18% 26% 20% 36%
Carmelo Anthony 16,804 25% 40% 24% 11%
Kobe Bryant 30,619 25% 33% 26% 16%
Vince Carter 21,605 20% 33% 25% 22%
Tim Duncan 23,225 23% 55% 22% 0%
Kevin Durant 11,078 26% 32% 24% 17%
Kevin Garnett* 23,974 19% 41% 37% 2%
Allen Iverson 24,368 26% 36% 25% 13%
LeBron James 19,982 24% 43% 19% 14%
Dirk Nowitzki 24,293 25% 24% 35% 16%
Shaquille O’Neal* 20,577 21% 75% 4% 0%
Paul Pierce 23,317 27% 31% 20% 23%
Dwyane Wade 15,632 27% 46% 20% 6%

* Since 1996-97

James does most of his scoring on his own. Of his 19,982 points, 14,251 have come on unassisted field goals (9,540) or on free throws (4,711). In fact, since he came in the league, he’s had more unassisted field goals (4,518) than any other player in the league. Kobe Bryant ranks second with 4,102.

So, even though he spent seven seasons with one franchise (Cleveland), no teammate has assisted James on more than 630 of his points. (For comparison, note that Steve Nash assisted Amar’e Stoudemire on 2,315 of his points.)

Most assists to James

Assisted by FG 3P PTS
Eric Snow 292 46 630
Dwyane Wade 216 38 470
Mo Williams 204 42 450
Jeff McInnis 183 17 383
Zydrunas Ilgauskas 180 34 394

This season, James ranks third (behind Bryant and Russell Westbrook) with 217 unassisted field goals, but he’s having his best shooting season of his career. In fact, James is shooting a career high from almost every area of the floor this season. And his overall field goal percentage has increased each of the last six seasons.

LeBron James, shooting by area

Restricted Area Paint (Non-RA) Mid-Range Corner 3 Above Break 3
Season FGM FGA FG% FGM FGA FG% FGM FGA FG% FGM FGA FG% FGM FGA FG%
2003-04 306 534 57.3% 70 190 36.8% 183 551 33.2% 20 64 31.3% 43 150 28.7%
2004-05 400 572 69.9% 69 201 34.3% 218 603 36.2% 28 57 49.1% 80 251 31.9%
2005-06 459 689 66.6% 47 125 37.6% 242 630 38.4% 25 74 33.8% 102 300 34.0%
2006-07 409 579 70.6% 61 152 40.1% 203 580 35.0% 20 46 43.5% 78 259 30.1%
2007-08 448 645 69.5% 48 130 36.9% 185 508 36.4% 12 36 33.3% 101 321 31.5%
2008-09 405 561 72.2% 59 144 41.0% 193 524 36.8% 17 48 35.4% 115 329 35.0%
2009-10 401 541 74.1% 50 116 43.1% 188 484 38.8% 17 45 37.8% 112 338 33.1%
2010-11 364 518 70.3% 85 201 42.3% 217 487 44.6% 19 59 32.2% 72 215 33.5%
2011-12 315 427 73.8% 64 149 43.0% 188 444 42.3% 6 19 31.6% 48 130 36.9%
2012-13 189 254 74.4% 38 79 48.1% 84 207 40.6% 13 27 48.1% 35 91 38.5%
Totals 3,696 5,320 69.5% 591 1,487 39.7% 1,901 5,018 37.9% 177 475 37.3% 786 2,384 33.0%

James has scored more total points in the first quarter than any other period, but that’s a product of minutes. On a per-minute basis, he does turn the scoring up a notch in the fourth quarter or overtime.

LeBron James, scoring by quarter

Period MIN PTS PTS/12
1st quarter 8,548 5,544 7.8
2nd quarter 5,529 4,141 9.0
3rd quarter 8,430 5,335 7.6
4th quarter 6,113 4,717 9.3
Overtime 263 245 11.2

Because he spent seven seasons in the Central Division, James has scored more points against the Milwaukee Bucks (1,030), Chicago Bulls (1,000) and Indiana Pacers (951) than any other team. But on a per-game basis, James has torched the Utah Jazz more than any other opponent.

LeBron James, highest scoring average by opponent

Opponent GP PTS PPG
Utah 19 579 30.5
Boston 31 937 30.2
Milwaukee 35 1,030 29.4
Chicago 34 1,000 29.4
Portland 18 526 29.2

What team has held James to the fewest points per game? The Los Angeles Clippers: 23.4.

At his career pace of 27.6 points per game, James would need 245 more games to surpass Oscar Robertson (26,710), who currently ranks 10th on the all-time scoring list. At this season’s pace of 26.0 points per game, he’d need 259 more games. But between James and Robertson are six other active players, including Dirk Nowitzki (24,293), who could reach the top 10 before James does with a couple of full, healthy seasons.

At a pace of 26.0 points per game, James need 385 more games (4.7 seasons) to reach the 30,000-point plateau, which Bryant just surpassed last month. So if he doesn’t miss too many games, James could do that in the middle of the 2017-18 season, right around his 33rd birthday.

After that, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is just 8,387 points away. And if James could somehow stay healthy and keep a 26.0 points-per-game pace up, he could become the all-time leading scorer at the tender age of 37.

Finally, A Worthy Debate

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – In the days ahead you will be bombarded with NBA award picks from all over the place, some worth your time and others … not so much.

We won’t waste your time before it’s time with postseason awards around here.

But NBA TV analyst Eric Snow has presented us with a topic worthy of a healthy debate:

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Right off the top there are a few problems with this list.

Kevin Johnson at No. 10? You cannot be serious. And for the record, neither Steve Francis nor Nate Robinson qualify (on the Hang Time scale) as point guards, I don’t care that they are listed as such elsewhere.

Two of the current dunking PGs, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook, have a chance to climb into the Top 3 of any list.

But you have to weigh in on this one.

Who are your best dunking PGs of all time?