LeBron James is now on the cusp of surpassing Kareem-Abdul Jabbar in the NBA’s all-time scoring leaderboard. With less than 500 points away, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar is bound to become the league’s undisputed scoring king.

Amid this impending achievement, James already sees Kevin Durant as someone who can potentially oust him from the position when the right time comes.

“KD is the first thing that comes to mind for sure … His name is not Easy Money and Slim Reaper for no reason,” James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “He does it so effortlessly. His ability to shoot the three-ball, shoot the mid-range, get to the paint, but also shoot 85-90 (percent) from the free-throw line. Those are key ingredients.”

As of now, Durant is currently 14th on the league’s all-time scoring list with 26,684 career points. The 34-year-old star is also averaging 29.7 markers that power the Brooklyn Nets to a season of sudden emergence.

As such, his absence of around four weeks will definitely hinder him to smash the scoreboard and get closer to the record. The two-time Finals MVP has been occasionally hit by injury bugs which started when he was sidelined for the entirety of the 2019-20 campaign due to a ruptured Achilles.

We have a lot of great scorers in our league, with KD being one of them – Kyrie, Luka. … Embiid, Giannis – those guys put numbers on the board. But you have to have a little luck as well.

“We all know that health is the most important – not only in sports – but in life in general. You have to have some real good luck to be on the floor and still be able to do it.”