New stat reveals that only 26 active players were drafted before LeBron James
LeBron James has done an excellent job throughout his 13-year career of taking care of his body. His work ethic has allowed him to play at least 91% of the whole season for all 13 years with the exception of one (the 2014-15 season where he played a career-low 69 games and missed 13). What was once a young LeBron is now a 13-going-on-14-year NBA veteran, and seeing as how some of the all-time greats are now retiring like Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan, LeBron is currently one of the longest-tenured active players in the league.
After some excellent research done by Reddit user howboutnowgirl, it was discovered that only 26 active players remain who were drafted before LeBron James was in 2003.
If that photo doesn’t show it clearly, here’s the list made by the Reddit user
1 from 1995 draft: Kevin Garnett
4 from 1998 draft: Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Nazr Mohammed
5 from 1999 draft: Andre Miller, Elton Brand, Jason Terry, Metta World Peace, Manu Ginobili
2 from 2000 draft: Mike Miller, Jamal Crawford
6 from 2001 draft: Tyson Chandler, Pau Gasol, Joe Johnson, Richard Jefferson, Zach Randolph, Tony Parker
8 from 2002 draft :Mike Dunleavy, Nene, Amare Stoudemire, Caron Butler, Tayshaun Prince, Matt Barnes, Rasual Butler, Luis Scola
This should give lots of fans even more appreciation for a player who’s done nothing but improve and stay consistent throughout his career. LeBron is going to be entering his 14th, yeah, 14TH year in the NBA in 2016-17, and we should appreciate the King and his greatness.