The Detroit Pistons are very familiar with the work of LeBron James, who broke the all-time scoring record last night, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the process.
It’s worth taking a second to marvel at these two players, who are not only good on the court but off, and whose longevity and productivity are the benchmarks for greatness in the NBA.
Sure, LeBron James never co-starred in Enter the Dragon or fought Bruce Lee as Kareem did, but his achievements are mind-boggling nonetheless, especially when you consider that he is still one of the top players in the league in his 20th season.
LeBron has shown no real signs of slowing down, so could put this record far out of reach by the time he retires (if he ever does) even though the NBA is in the midst of scoring explosion.
King James has gotten plenty of them against the Detroit Pistons, most notably when he almost single-handedly stopped the Pistons from reaching the Finals in the 2006-7 season, scoring 48 points and 25 straight to effectively end Detroit’s season.
But how have the Pistons fared against LeBron James compared to his other victims en route to the scoring record?
LeBron James vs. the Detroit Pistons
Believe it or not, the Pistons have actually done their part to slow James’ inevitable run towards the scoring record. James has averaged “only” 24.1 points per game against the Pistons in his career, which is actually the lowest of any team in the NBA.
He has scored 1,471 points against them total, which is just 13th overall, not bad considering they were in the same division for over half of his career.
LeBron has scored the most total points against the Bucks (1,751) and the fewest against the Cavaliers, which makes sense considering he played for them for 11 seasons.
LeBron’s highest scoring average is versus the Boston Celtics, who he has scored 29.1 points per game against over his career.
We all got a chance to witness history last night and there is still plenty more to come, as LeBron is 4th on the all-time assists list and has an outside chance of jumping into the top-3 depending on how many more seasons he and Chris Paul play.
Whether he moves on that list or not, LeBron is the all-time greatest scorer and will likely go down as the greatest player to ever lace them up.