The San Antonio Spurs‘ leading scorer for the third year running will soon be etching his name ahead of some big-time NBA players as the 2020-21 season continues. In Monday’s dominant 120-97 win over Orlando, the Spurs’ second victory in a row, DeMar DeRozan‘s 19 points did more than lead San Antonio.
By scoring his 17,387th point, DeRozan tied two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash for 88th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Nash accomplished the feat after 18 seasons in the league, while DeRozan is currently in his 12th.
Perhaps equally impressive, DeRozan is set to surpass Nash in all-time points despite only 359 of his field goals being threes, although his lack of threes could increasingly be more of an issue down the road. By comparison, Nash made 1,685 in his career.
After passing up Nash in his next game, DeMar will be aiming for a couple more Hall of Famers on the scoring list.
The San Antonio Spurs star is about to pass up some legends
If DeRozan keeps up his average of 21 points per game, he’ll likely move up another spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list in another four games. That fourth game would be April 19th in Indiana as the Spurs look to avenge an embarrassing loss to them in which T.J. McConnell talked trash after some big late buckets.
DeRozan needs 68 points to pass up Earl Monroe, who finished his career with 17,454 points. Monroe did his damage in 13 seasons with Baltimore and New York from 1967-1980.
After climbing above The Pearl, it shouldn’t be much longer until DeMar passes another all-time NBA great, Jason Kidd. The 10-time All-Star scored 17,529 points in his 19-year career. That means, barring anything unusual, it should be about seven games until DeRozan is looking to pass him in total points.
Overall, the San Antonio Spurs star is on pace for another 420 points by the end of this season, meaning he will be leapfrogging quite a few players if everything continues as expected. That means he should crack the top 80 scorers ever and pass other big names like Magic Johnson and Lenny Wilkens by the season’s end.
As the Spurs continue to compete for a play-in tournament spot, expect the Spurs’ leading scorer to keep climbing the leaderboard, etching his name in the history books along the way.