As we all know, Steph Curry recently made history when he became the all-time leader in 3-point shots. Out of the top three on this list, Curry is the only active player. However, James Harden is fourth and on the verge of passing Reggie Miller.
Curry placed himself in the history book, but could another player do the same? Could an active player become the all-time leading scorer by surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who has 38,387 points? And if so, who will it be?
Here are five active players climbing up the all-time scoring list.
1.) LeBron James
LeBron James is one of the greatest players to play the game. His unique skill set on both ends of the floor makes him a one-of-a-kind player. From his passing ability (and court vision), his ability to drive to the basket, to his athleticism, James has what it takes to become the greatest. And, he’s shown it numerous times.
James is currently third on the all-time scoring list. He has 35,860 career points and is 1068 away from Karl Malone (who is second on the list).
This has been a challenging season for James, as he entered (and quickly exited) the league’s health and safety protocols and has missed games due to injuries. However, if James plays well in this season (and beyond), he could pass Malone and possibly Abdul-Jabbar.
2.) Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony is a scorer that can turn back the clock at any moment. At 37-years-old, Anthony is a veteran fighting for a championship ring. He isn’t the star/go-to option he once was, but he can still put up numbers. And that’s where he fits in with a championship hungry Lakers.
Anthony is ninth on the list, with 27,787 points. He is 809 points away from NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, and with a little more time, Anthony could pass him.
James and Anthony are the lone members of their 2003 draft class. The duo has a chance to not only win a championship together but rise up the scoring list. And before they call it quits, they will do just that.
3.) Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant is one of the best players of today’s game. He can score at will, and at this rate, he’s an MVP candidate this season. He averages 29.7 points and 7.9 rebounds and shoots 52.3 percent from the field.
Durant is 24th on the all-time scoring list and is 129 points away from passing the great Patrick Ewing. Then, he doesn’t have too far to go from Lakers great Jerry West. Durant has a good chance of passing a few players on the list (including Reggie Miller and Vince Carter), and by the end of his career, it will be interesting to see where he lands.
4.) James Harden
James Harden is an excellent scorer who kept the league on its toes from 2017-2020. In fact, he averaged an unbelievable 36.1 points in 2019.
Harden averages 20.8 points this season (his lowest in years), but he can still score when it’s necessary. And if rising up the scoring list motivates him, he’ll catch fire.
As of now, Harden is 32nd on the list, with 22,587 points. He’s close to reaching Elgin Baylor, who has a 689 point lead over him.
Recently, the Brooklyn Nets placed Harden (among others) in the health and safety protocols, but once he is able to return, he should finish the season strong.
5.) Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook has had historic seasons. He averaged a triple-double in three consecutive seasons (from 2016-2019), and last year, he had another triple-double season.
Westbrook is already in the history books, as he passed Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles. He is No.33 on this list, right behind his former teammate James Harden (who has 127 more points than him).
The NBA’s all-time scoring list is an honor, and like the other players on this list, Westbrook will continue to climb.