LeBron James vs. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The Tale of the Tape

It’s all over, folks.

With his 36th point on Tuesday night in the Los Angeles Lakers‘ loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, a beautiful fadeaway jumper from just inside the foul line with 10.9 seconds remaining in the third quarter, LeBron James passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the NBA’s all-time regular-season scoring leader.

Of course, LeBron technically became the league’s all-time leading scorer nearly a year ago on February 13, 2022, if you include both the regular season and the postseason.

But this moment was certainly different. And it was undoubtedly even more special with Kareem himself sitting right there in the front row.

Now, I could sit here and wax poetic about LeBron James all day. But let’s face it. If you don’t appreciate him by now, you likely never will. And that’s unfortunate for those who feel that way. You don’t have to like the guy. But you have no choice but to respect him, his talent, and what he’s done for the NBA.

See, there I go. And that’s not why we’re here today.

No, tonight I’m just here to provide a quick “tale of the tape” between LeBron and Kareem in honor of the incredible bond these two legends now share. And make no mistake about it. These two will forever be linked.

So let’s take a quick look at the stats of LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar now that this chase has finally come to an end.

LeBron James vs. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar after James broke Abdul-Jabbar's scoring record in February 2023
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar stands on the court with LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers after James passed Abdul-Jabbar to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Crypto.com Arena on February 07, 2023 | Harry How/Getty Images

Where Would LeBron James Rank on the All-Time NBA Scoring List Without Three-Pointers?

LeBron JamesKareem Abdul-Jabbar
Field Goals Made14,05315,837
Field Goals Attempted27,82928,307
2-Pointers Made11,81615,836
2-Pointers Attempted21,32528,289
3-Pointers Made2,2371
3-Pointers Attempted6,49418
Free Throws Made8,0476,712
Free Throws Attempted10,9499,304