The San Antonio Spurs‘ leading scorer just reached another career milestone. In Monday’s overtime win over the Washington Wizards, DeMar DeRozan surpassed NBA legend Jason Kidd on the league’s all-time scoring list.
Kidd, who played for 19 years in the league, finished his career with 17,529 points in 1,391 games. With a career average of 20.1 points per game, DeRozan has now been able to surpass that mark in 871 games. After his 37-point outburst in Washington, DeMar now has 17,534 career points. With the achievement, the 12th-year forward now sits at 86th all-time and has the 85th spot within reach.
With 17,599 points, Otis Thorpe is next for DeRozan to pass up. Depending on when and if he sits for rest down the stretch of the season, he should reach that mark within the next week. With 6,283 made field goals, DeMar is also knocking on the door of the top 100 in that category. Rasheed Wallace currently holds the 100th spot with 6,320.
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The latest in a growing list of accomplishments for DeRozan comes in a season in which he’s been one of the most clutch players in the league for two years running. With DeRozan’s late-game dominance and veteran leadership of the young Spurs’ core, they’re on a collision course with a handful of teams for what promises to be an intense play-in tournament for a postseason spot.
By the end of the season, DeMar likely will jump a few spots on the scoring leaderboards. With over 17,500 points at the age of 31, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him approaching the 20,000-point club before he turns 35.