Five fun facts as LeBron James chases 30K career points

LeBron James enters the Cavaliers’ Thursday game against the Magic with 29,959 career points, just 41 shy of 30,000.

Should he score those 41 points during Thursday’s game, James, 33, would become the youngest player to reach that milestone mark.

If James keeps up his trajectory, he will finish this regular season averaging more than 27 points per game (he’s currently averaging 27.3) and will would join Bryant, Chamberlain, Malone and Oscar Robertson as the only players to average more than 27 points in eight seasons. Michael Jordan takes the cake with 11 seasons with 27-plus ppg average.

James has attempted the most 2-point shots per game over the course of his career, averaging 15.5. The only player who comes close during that span is Amar’e Stoudemire with 13.2 per game. However, James sits in sixth place in actually making those 2-pointers with 54.5 percent. Shaquille O’Neal leads all players with 10-plus 2-point attempts with 59.7 percent.

While shooting more than 60 percent from the floor, James has had 26 games in which he has scored 40 points or more in his career. Especially with 30,000 on the line, he could he net more than 41 points Thursday. In comparison, the player who comes closest to that games-with-40 mark is Kevin Durant, who has scored 40 or more in 19 games. Kobe Bryant scored 40-plus points on 60 percent shooting 18 times, and Stephen Curry, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade have all done so 14 times.

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It also marks the second time Davis has had consecutive games of 45 and 15, and only seven players in NBA history have done it even once. He’s closing in on Shaquille O’Neal for the most 45-15 games since the merger.

Jrue Holiday contributed 23 points and seven assists to the New Orleans win, and DeMarcus Cousins added 19 points, 15 rebounds and five assists.

Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 27 points.

The win, which nola.com calls the “most impressive victory of the season” for New Orleans, marks the third straight for the now 23-20 Pelicans.packers_023

That led to the big Thursday reveal of Lonzo’s first signature shoe.

Everybody knows by now what LaVar is charging. Everybody knows all the jokes that inspired. The reviews of the shoe itself are pretty good. Some have claimed they would buy it. Others have claimed they can’t wait for the shoe to flop and end up in the discount bin, and for Lonzo, and LaVar and the entire Ball lineage to end up on food stamps. (Which is a wonderful wish to have for a teenager, by the way, on the sole premise that his father gets on your nerves.)

But everybody was, and is, talking about it.

LaVar, as it also has been pointed out, is getting more mileage for himself and his son with less effort and expense than anyone could ever imagine from what was once an anonymous, nondescript dad of a ballplayer.

If this was his viral marketing plan, then amidst all our vein-popping fury, we’re not giving him enough credit for how he played it all … and played us.

You don’t even have to go back that far to see a recent parallel: LeBron James forming a management company and becoming the string-puller instead of the one being pulled … and having his business partners being patronizingly described by Phil Jackson as his “posse.”

Compared to that, what LaVar Ball is trying is even more extreme. He has no history of being a negotiator, manufacturer or CEO. He set an insanely high price for his son’s shoe deal — likely on purpose, in hindsight — saw them reject it, then set out on his own.

This is a tough contract to evaluate. Ingles is one of the best role players in the NBA, a player capable of hitting 44 percent of his 3s in addition to defending up and down the lineup. He can make plays for teammates with his tremendous vision, as well as rebound and get the break going on his own due to his ball-handling ability. Ingles is the kind of player who just helps you win games on the fringes, pure and simple. He can fit with just about any lineup, and he can make a positive impact due to his wide breadth of skills.
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