LeBron James passed Dirk Nowitzki for sixth on the all-time scoring list on Saturday night against the San Antonio Spurs. Obviously, Dirk can retake this position from James during certain points of the season, but it’s certain that James will hold sixth throughout the year.
Now the sixth-leading scorer in NBA history: @KingJames.
LeBron hits from mid-range to pass Dirk Nowitzki as the league's active scoring leader. pic.twitter.com/4pjfujEKr6
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 28, 2018
LeBron scored the points needed to pass Dirk in the third. The basket was a baseline jumper.
Here's the bucket where LeBron passed Dirk on the NBA scoring list 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/XGLabBrbQ0
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) October 28, 2018
Next on the list for James to pass is Wilt Chamberlain, who is fifth at 31,419. He will likely pass the all-time great at some point during this season.
James and Nowitzki are the top two players still playing on the all-time scoring list. Far behind them is Carmelo Anthony, who sits at 19th with 25,488.
Nowitzki said in an interview with ESPN’s Tim MacMahon that James could potentially pass Kareem Abdul-Jabaar for number one on the all-time list.
“If he stays healthy, the way he’s looking and moving, he has a chance at Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar],” Nowitzki told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “His numbers have been unbelievable. He doesn’t seem to slow down. The stuff he was doing last year in year 15 was incredible. If he keeps this up, he can pass Kareem.”
LeBron also passed Shaquille O’Neil for sixth on the all-time field goals made list with 11,331 and counting.