LEBRON AND YEAR 16
LeBron James need not to worry about where his name is in the history books as he cemented his name in history a long ago as one of the best to ever grace the basketball court after many amazing years of putting in the work and setting amazing records. As to where he ranks in the list of the greatest basketball is an entirely different conversation. And sixteen seasons into an amazing career, LeBron doesn’t look like giving up anytime soon. And like he would normally say “I let my game speak for itself.”
LeBron will continue to be considered the best player by many as long as he continues to do the following;
Making the game look easy; in his 16th season for instance, LeBron in a game against Miami Heat, LeBron scored 51 points for the Los Angeles Lakers making him only the second player to score at least 50 in a game deep into an NBA career alongside Kobe Bryant.
What we have seen through James’ 16 years is the absence of any signs of slowing down anytime soon, particularly not in his 16th season. Averaging 28.8 points from 52 percent shooting with almost 7.7 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game. Never in NBA history has anyone averaged that many points in their 16th season or later. Save for Bryant who averaged 25 points this deep into his career.
And this is not just limited to scoring, with the exception of Steve Nash, John Stockton and Jason Kidd (three of the best point guards ever) averaged this many assists this deep into their career. According to Lonzo Ball, Lakers guard, he is the best player in the world. Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra whom James spent four seasons playing for described him as ‘Timeless.’ Kyle Kuzma, a fellow Laker when asked about LeBron’s scoring exploits said “he could average a 40 per game if he wanted to.”
In January 2018, James surpassed Bryant as the youngest player to amass over 30,000 career points, becoming the 7th player to achieve such feat in the history of NBA. At this point he was only 8,000 points shy of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar all time record points of 38,387. In 2019, LeBron made history again when he surpassed Michael Jordan’s tally of 32,292 points to become number four on the all time list.
Even though James hasn’t won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for the past five seasons. And considering the fact that he only has four MVPs in his past 15 seasons. In respect to James’ consistency in the last five years despite not having won the MVP awards anytime during the period, his records so far have shown he should be winning the coveted individual award at the end of this season.
After 16 seasons in the NBA and every season looking better than the last, LeBron doesn’t look like he is quitting the scene anytime soon and as long as he kept on making it to the court, it is safe to say we haven’t seen the last of LeBron’s best.