LeBron James has joined Oscar Robertson as the only other player in NBA history to be in the top 25 all time of both points and assists.
James joined Robertson on the exclusive list Monday when he found Kevin Love for a three-pointer in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ victory over the Orlando Magic. James had 15 points, 13 assists and six rebounds in the 117-103 win. Love impressed with 34 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
LeBron now has 25,274 points in his career, putting him five behind Reggie Miller for No. 18 on the all-time list. James’s 6,395 assists place him at No. 25 ahead of Norm Nixon. Robertson is 11th in points (26,710) and sixth in assists (9,887).
James said after the game that he didn’t want this accomplishment to turn into a debate over his career vs. Robertson’s, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin:
“I think what we get caught up in, in our league too much, is trying to compare greats to greats, instead of just accepting and acknowledging and saying, ‘Wow, these are just great players,'” James said after the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 117-103 win over the Orlando Magic. “I think in the NFL, when you talk about great quarterbacks, they don’t really compare great quarterbacks. They say, ‘Oh, Joe Montana is great.’ You know, ‘Tom Brady is great. Aaron Rodgers is great. Steve Young is great.’ [Terry] Bradshaw, all those great quarterbacks, they never compare them as much.
“But when it comes to our sport, we’re so eager to say, ‘Who is better: Oscar or [Michael] Jordan?’ or ‘Jordan or LeBron or Kobe [Bryant] or these guys?’ instead of just accepting greatness. And if you understand the history of the sport, then there is no way you could ever forget Oscar Robertson. This guy, he averaged a triple-double for like, forever.”
James is averaging 25.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.7 assists this season for the 11-3 Cavaliers.