Over the course of his illustrious 14-year career in the NBA, LeBron James has racked up some of the most impressive statistics in the history of the game. “The King,” as James is justly known, has a Banana Boat load of awards to his credit, including three championship rings, four MVP awards, and 13 All-Star nods.
James has kept a heavy foot on the gas since he stepped on the NBA stage. When the Cleveland Cavaliers selected James, “The Kid from Akron,” with their No. 1 overall selection in the 2003 draft, they were immediately thrust into contention.
Some basketball analysts say James is slowing down. However, his stat-line for this season, which includes career-highs in assists and rebounds, would beg to differ (26.4 points, 8.7 assists, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.6 steals in 37.8 minutes per game).
As Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz points out, “The Akron Hammer,” as James is often referred to as, is pounding harder than ever. Aside from the aforementioned career-highs in both assists and rebounds, James, 32, finished this season with a career-high in dunks (145). That’s seventh in the NBA behind the likes of DeAndre Jordan, Rudy Gobert, Dwight Howard, and Hassan Whiteside.
LeBron James, 32 and in his 14th season, just set his career-high for dunks in a season with 145. That's 11.2 % of his total field goals.
— Greg Swartz (@GregSwartzBR) April 11, 2017
It’ll be interesting to see if the extra efforts will affect James in the postseason, but it’s worth mentioning that he’ll have about a week off before the start of the NBA Playoffs this weekend.