Every generation of basketball fans has the opportunity to watch a great in their prime. LeBron James is a once in a generation player. James is a 15 time All-NBA, four time NBA Most Valuable Player, six time All-Defensive and three time NBA champion.
LeBron James’ career has had a consistency that rivals the greats of the game. He has already overtaken Michael Jordan’s career points total, and should catch Kobe Bryant in the next season. If LeBron can stay fit enough for the next four seasons, he could take the top spot from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the leading NBA points scorer of all time.
LeBron James’ position on the hardwood is often debated. He is such a versatile player that many people aren’t sure what his best position is. Officially, he recognized as a forward, either playing as a small forward or power forward. It has also been argued that point guard is his best position. Either way, LeBron James delivers the goods on the court.
LeBron James has averaged over 20 points per season for all 16 seasons he’s played in the NBA. Having entered the NBA at such a young age, it’s no wonder why he will go down as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
LeBron James was born in Akron, Ohio on 30 December 1984. With a troubled home-life, basketball was a safe outlet. His mother, Gloria Marie James sought to move LeBron James into a safer area. Frank Walker, who lived in suburban Akron offered to take him in. It was a perfect fit, and James could still spend time with his mother on weekends.
LeBron attended St. Vincent – St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. As a freshman, he hit the ground running. He averaged 21 points and 6 rebounds per game. The team remained undefeated and won the Division Three state title.
In James’ sophomore year, he averaged 25.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 3.8 steals per game. St. Vincent – St. Mary won the state championship for the second year running.
As a junior, James averaged 29 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.3 steals per game. By this point, James was widely lauded as the best high school player in the US. St. Vincent – St. Mary were unable to win their third successive state championship, losing in the final. James attempted to join the 2002 NBA Draft, but was prohibited from doing this as he was not yet eligible.
In his senior year, James averaged 31.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.4 steals per game. Some of the St. Vincent – St. Mary High School games were televised due to the fame of LeBron James. He was selected to the USA Today All-USA First Team for the third consecutive year. St. Vincent – St. Mary won their third state championship in four years.
Following high school, James went prep-to-pro, skipping college basketball. He enlisted for the 2003 NBA Draft.
The LeBron James NBA draft pick was first overall, and was made by his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. James’ career with the Cavaliers would be one of hope, regret and redemption.
In his rookie season (2003-2004), James immediately showed that he was going to be an All-Star. On his debut, Lebron James scored 25 points. This was the most any prep-to-pro player had ever scored. He would go on to average 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists. He was unanimously named the NBA Rookie of the Year.
The following season James would go from strength to strength. He scored a massive 56 points against the Toronto Rapids, and was named an All-Star for the first time. While the Cavaliers failed to make the playoffs in his first two seasons, they had undoubtedly the best young players in the NBA.
In 2006, he would take the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals, where they would lose to the San Antonio Spurs. The following seasons would result in the Cavaliers losing in the Conference semi-final and finals in the NBA Playoffs.
With his contract coming to an end, LeBron James grew frustrated at not having won an NBA championship. He was averaging over 25 points for six straight seasons. This included two 30 point seasons and four All-NBA first team selections.
In what many Cavaliers fans saw as disrespectful, James decided to announce his next team through a televised special. 30 minutes into the special, James announced that he had signed with the Miami Heat for the 2010-2011 season. For LeBron James, news of Cavaliers fans disappointment was first met with indifference but later regret.
After four seasons with the Miami Heat, James would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014. In arguably the form of his career, James wanted to win an NBA championship with the Cavaliers. He would do just that, taking them to four consecutive NBA Finals, winning one in 2016.
His performances over four seasons, including the NBA Finals MVP in 2016 earned the love and respect of the Cavaliers fans once more.
In his second spell with the Cavaliers, he would also kickoff a rivalry with the Golden State Warriors, who they played in each of the four NBA Finals, winning one and losing three.
In June 2018, James opted out of his Cavaliers contract, and became a free agent. He would sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in July 2018.
LeBron James played for the Miami Heat for four seasons between 2010 and 2014. James would play in four consecutive NBA Finals, justifying his reasons for leaving the Cavaliers. Of the finals, Miami Heat won two back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013.
James was awarded the NBA Finals MVP in both the 2012 and 2013 championships. LeBron James’ best stats for the Heat came in the 2011-2012 season. He averaged 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game.
James’ form in the playoffs that year was equally, if not more impressive. He averaged 30.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.9 steals in the 2012 playoff games.
The four finals with the Heat, and the four when he returned to the Cavaliers meant that James played in eight consecutive NBA Finals.
Los Angeles Lakers
In July 2018, LeBron James made Lakers news headlines when he signed with the LA Lakers. For the Lakers, LeBron James represented their biggest shot at breaking their playoff drought. The Lakers were in a rebuilding phase after the retirement of Kobe Bryant. They had a large youthful core that they tried to build around James. To find out more about LeBron James and the Lakers, follow the Lakerholicz website. With recent partnership with BetMGM, support us by visiting BetMGM for a seamless betting and gaming experience.
With LeBron James, Lakers fans had a new star on the roster. Unfortunately, injury would hamper his first season with the Lakers and they were not able to make the playoffs.
James played 55 games of the Lakers schedule. This was the least amount of games that James had played in an NBA season. He averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 1.3 steals.
With the arrival of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, James will be hoping to build on chemistry with Kyle Kuzma and take the Lakers back to the playoffs, and possibly another NBA Finals.
LeBron James’ stats clearly make him one of the greatest NBA players of all time. In regular season he averages 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 1.6 assists. In the playoffs, he averages 28.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 1.8 steals.
His career points sit at 32,543 at the start of the 2019-2020 season. This currently puts him at fourth overall.