When LeBron James teamed up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh this summer, it seemed likely that his scoring average would take a dip, and through four games with the Miami Heat, that's certainly been the case. James entered the 2010-11 season as the NBA's third all-time leading scorer in points per game, behind Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain. However, his 27.83 points per game average entering the season was just 0.47 PPG ahead of Elgin Baylor and 0.80 ahead of Jerry West. If James continues to hover around 20 points per game, then he could slide down the rankings, similar to what Allen Iverson experienced over the last two seasons.
Prior to the 2008-09 season, Iverson had a career average of 27.73 points per game, putting him in third -- ahead of Baylor and West. But by averaging 16.2 points per game in 85 games between 2008-09 and 2009-10, Iverson was not only passed by James, but fell back behind Baylor and West as well. If James were to average his current 20.5 points per game for a full 82-game season in 2010-11, he'd finish the season with a career average of 26.88 points per game. That would slide him back to 5th on the NBA's all-time list, behind Baylor and West, but still ahead of Iverson (and for those wondering, he won't be passed by Kevin Durant this season, since the NBA requires that a player score at least 10,000 points before being ranked in points per game).
Of course, James still has plenty of time to reverse this trend, not just this season but over the course of his Heat contract. And as he plays, James continues to move up the NBA's all-time totals lists. Let's check in on where he stands on those, after four games in the 2010-11 season.