Heading into his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers, All-Star forward LeBron James is coming off yet another highly productive year.
All of this has led to Sports Illustrated’s annual ranking list put James at the top overall spot in the league going into his 16th campaign.
“As James (27.5 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 9.1 APG) has waded into political and social justice issues, expanded his philanthropic endeavors, launched a budding entertainment empire, and positioned himself as one of the country’s most visible fathers, he’s taken to wearing and sharing a new motto: ‘More than an athlete.’”
James has proven to be an ageless wonder as he career progresses further along. He is coming off yet another highly productive campaign that put firmly in the MVP conversation 27.5 points on 54.2 percent shooting from the field along with a career-best 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds per contest. This saw him finish third in the league in scoring and second in assists.
What has been most remarkable is that James had no drop off in his game as he has moved He was quite remarkable in the playoffs pushing the Cleveland Cavaliers to a fourth straight NBA Finals. James had pushed his game to the next level in the postseason stepping up as an even more potent scorer as he 40 or more points eight times during the playoffs that tied Hall of Famer Jerry West for the all-time mark in a single playoff run. This included dropping 51 points in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
James clearly has plenty left in the tank to play at an elite level that the Lakers hoping that he can bring over to the franchise and lead them to a tremendous amount of success. With the 33-year-old still playing some of the best basketball of his career, this could be the beginning of some exciting times back in Los Angeles.
Bob Garcia IV
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