The Los Angeles Lakers have a couple stars on the roster. LeBron James leads the team to the NBA playoffs, and he keeps improving his own record. King James moved into sole possession of ninth place on the league’s all-time assists list during Thursday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
LeBron passed Gary Payton with the 8,967th assist of his professional career in the third quarter of the game.
According to Justin Kubatko of StatMuse, LeBron is the only player in the league history to rank in the top 10 for both career points and career assists.
LeBron will finish his season in third place on the all-time scoring list. He entered Thursday’s game with 33,269 points, 374 behind Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant.
Payton needed 17 years to push his assists. He was one of the most prolific point guards during his playing career, including a run of five straight seasons from 1999-03. In this period he averaged at least 20 points and eight assists per match.
LeBron has a big challenge on his way. He has never accomplished a double-double over an entire season. The closest LeBron came was during his last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017-18 when he had 27.5 points and 9.1 assists per game.
LeBron is in his 17th NBA season, and this is his best season as a passer. King James entered the season leading the NBA with 10.6 assists per game.
LeBron is a superstar, and the Lakers need his full potential to win this year’s title. It will be a tough task for the team, but they can do this and much more. Hopefully, the king will celebrate his fourth ring at the end of this season.
Last season, LeBron struggled on the floor. His younger teammate couldn’t build chemistry with him, and he suffered a groin injury on Christmas Day. He came back to finish the season but it was too late. He couldn’t do it all by himself. Los Angeles was pushed out of the playoff race. That’s why LeBron came back stronger than ever. He wants this title, and the same applies to his team.