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Friday, February 5, 2021

LeBron nearly passed Wilt for 3rd all-time in field goals made

LeBron James on cusp of passing Wilt for 3rd all-time in field goals made, historic.

LeBron James is three field goals away from surpassing Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain for No. 3 on the FGM all-time list.

LeBron James enters Thursday’s game against the Denver Nuggets (10 ET, TNT) needing three baskets to pass Wilt Chamberlain (12,681) for third place on the NBA’s all-time field goals made list.

 Considering that LeBron has made fewer than three field goals in only five of his 1,287 career games — the last time coming on Halloween 2007 — it’s a pretty safe bet to say he’s moving up the leaderboard vs. Denver...

Top 5 All-Times NBA Players with most Field Goals Made, Feb. 2021. 

All-Time Field Goals Made – Entering Thursday, Feb. 4
1 Kareem Abdul Jabbar 15,837 28,307 55.9 1,560 10.2
2 Karl Malone 13,528 26,210 51.6 1,476 9.2
3 Wilt Chamberlain 12,681 23,497 54 1,045 12.1
4 LeBron James 12,679 25,185 50.3 1,287 9.9
5 Michael Jordan 12,192 24,537 49.7 1,072 11.4

Both Wilt & LeBron James peaked in field goals made in their third NBA season. Wilt made an NBA record 1,597 baskets that season (an astounding 20 FGM per game average), while LeBron made 875 field goals (a career-best average of 11.1 per game). Wilt has the top four individual seasons in terms of field goals made, and seven of the NBA’s 18 total seasons when a player made at least 1,000 baskets.

NBA Players With At Least 1,000 FGM in a Single Season, Stats

Wilt Chamberlain (7x)

Michael Jordan (3x)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2x)

Rick Barry (2x)

Tiny Archibald (1x)

Elgin Baylor (1x)

George Gervin (1x)

Bob McAdoo (1x)

How LeBron James reached in All-time list of Field Goals Made at 12500+ FGM, Stats. 

Let’s look back at LeBron’s milestone run to the No. 3 spot on the all-time list.

2,500 FGM – Dec. 16, 2006: LeBron reached the 2,500 career field goals mark in his 261st career game — an 81-74 Cavaliers loss to the Magic that saw LeBron score a game-high 29 points on 10-for-19 shooting.

5,000 FGM – Jan. 3, 2010: LeBron scored 29 points on 13-for-21 shooting to surpass 5,000 career field goals, but the Cavs were upset by the Charlotte Bobcats 91-88 in the game.

7,500 FGM – March 27, 2013: LeBron’s 7,500th basket came at the end of the second-longest win streak in NBA history as Miami’s run of 27 straight wins was snapped in a 101-97 loss to the Bulls in LeBron’s 760th career game.

10,000 FGM – Jan. 8, 2017: LeBron became the 14th player in NBA history to reach 10,000 career field goals as he finished with 28 points on 11-for-17 shooting in Cleveland’s 120-116 win against Phoenix in LeBron’s 1,020 career game.

12,500 FGM  – Dec. 27, 2020: In his third game of his third season with the LA Lakers, LeBron reached 12,500 career field goals to inch closer to Chamberlain for third on the all-time list. In is 1,268th career game, LeBron scored 18 points on 6-for-13 shooting in 26 minutes of the Lakers’ blowout win against Minnesota.

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