LeBron James is a phenomenal basketball player. Period. His talent can’t be denied, and his skills with the ball continue to amaze fans and foes alike. We are getting ready to go into another round of games for the NBA finals. The winner of the best of seven games will win the championship and all eyes are on the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat, who are looking for a “three-peat”. More of the focus, however, is on LeBron James allegedly because people want to see how he’ll manage through the finals. The truth is, all eyes are on LeBron James because he is a damn good basketball player.
There’s on old saying which says, “People lie. Numbers don’t.” So let’s check his stats:
- In 2003, LeBron James set an NBA record for most points scored by a prep-to-pro player in his debut outing.
- He became the youngest player in league history to score at least 40 points in a game at 19 years old.
- James joined Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and Tyreke Evans as the only players in NBA history to average at least 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game in their rookie year.
- He is the youngest player in league history to record a triple-double at 20 years old.
- He became the youngest winner of the All-Star Game MVP Award at 21 years old.
- He joined Michael Jordan as the only players to win an NBA MVP award, NBA championship, and Olympic gold medal in the same year.
- As it relates to his power as a brand, in 2013, he surpassed Kobe Bryant as the highest paid basketball player in the world with earnings of $56.5 million.
This doesn’t even being to list all of his accomplishments and accolades, but it’s enough to settle the argument. Whether or not you think he’s “clutch” or a leader, he commands attention when he’s on the court. There’s no reason to continue to compare him to Michael Jordan when they are playing in different eras–and in a time where even the media landscape is different. But if you must compare, I’d like to refer you back to aforementioned stats.
When people can’t argue against the numbers, they move on to more subjective areas like his “attitude” or his “lack of leadership”. That’s B.S. If it’s only about the game, then the numbers speak to what really matters.
He’s an amazing player. Whether he’ll be the greatest of all time is yet to be determined.
What do you think?
Your Jersey Girlfriend,