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LeBron James becomes fourth player in NBA history to score 33,000 points

Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - NOVEMBER 27: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Karl Malone. Kobe Bryant.

And now LeBron James. He joined the club of NBA players who have scored 33,000 points in their career on Wednesday night with a three-ball.

It seems fitting LeBron passed that mark on a three. When he first came into the league and through much of his first stint in Cleveland, the book on LeBron was to sit back and force him to shoot over the top of the defense. Make him a jumpshooter. That’s what Lakers’ coach Frank Vogel said he did when Vogel was coaching the Pacers. Now “he’s the best deep shooter on our team,” Vogel added.

LeBron is going to pass Kobe on the All-Time scoring list later this season. If LeBron can stay healthy and play three or four more seasons, he even has a shot at Kareem’s seemingly unapproachable record.