LeBron James Will Be the Youngest to Hit 20,000 Career Points Tonight

Barring an unforeseen incident -- say, an asteroid colliding with the Earth, or Xenu attacking the planet with his intergalactic army, or Godzilla wanting to eat San Francisco -- LeBron James is set to reach 20,000 career points tonight when the Heat visit the Golden State Warriors.

Also, LeBron will be the youngest player in NBA history to reach the feat.

Also, LeBron can totally save the planet from an asteroid, Xenu, and Godzilla with just his basketball prowess alone.

So, no worries, everyone.

Coming into tonight's game, James is 18 points away from reaching the milestone, joining 38 other NBA players who have reached 20,000, including Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, and Kobe Bryant.

In fact, all three of those dudes reached the milestone before reaching age 30.

But LeBron, at 28 years of age (and 17 days), will become the youngest to do so. Kobe was, at one point, the youngest to reach the 20,000 mark at 29 years, 122 days -- but keep in mind that Kobe shoots the basketball roughly 318 times a night.

LeBron is a tad more efficient than that.

As for throwing down 18 points against the Warriors, LeBron has been able to reach at least 20 points in 74 of his past 75 games. So, unless he's called on by the president to fight off invading Nazi robots bent on destroying the Golden Gate Bridge tonight, James should be just fine.

(Of course, it'll probably take him some time to do so since he's always passing the ball. STOP BEING SO GENEROUS WITH THE BASKETBALL, DAMMIT!)

LeBron was also the youngest to reach 1,000 points and 10,000 points.

For his part, James knows and appreciates the importance of the milestone.

"It's more than a number," he says. "I've been able to, I guess, play at this level, at a high level, and been around teammates that allow me to play at a high level, as well."

''You look at how many players have come through this league, the history of the game,'' James also said. ''That 20K mark is very limited. How many guys have done that? It's very, very limited."

As it stands, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar owns the all-time NBA record with 38,387 points.

And since LeBron is currently the greatest player in this and any universe, naturally talk has turned to whether he can challenge that accomplishment.

Some think if he remains healthy, he has a legitimate shot at the record.

LeBron is a bit more self-effacing about it.

"That many points is not what it's about for me,'' he said. ''If I happen to get there, it'll be cool. I don't think I will. I don't know -- 38,000 is crazy."

And then, as if the voice of Zeus spoke to him from the heavens and reminded him that he is, in fact, the Cobradick, and is therefore able to unleash catastrophic damage upon the NBA seemingly at will on any given night, James added:

"If I concentrated on just scoring, then I could make a push at it.''

Tipoff is at 10:30 p.m.

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