There’s a lot of talk this season about the mind-boggling talents of Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis and James Harden. That’s cool. They’re all really good and completely deserving of whatever praise is bestowed upon them.
But amid all these other talents, let’s not forget to appreciate this man:
LeBron James is already in his 12th season in the league, and he’s logged just under two-seasons worth of playoff games on top of that. He’s a remarkable athlete, but, despite all evidence to the contrary, he’s not superhuman, and he’s not going to be in his prime forever.
We need to appreciate his once-in-a-generation talent now. Not at his retirement ceremony. Not after he’s gone. Now. LeBron believes he will finish his career as one of the best to ever play the game, and he’s right. Even if he retired today, LeBron would have put together one of the most astonishing NBA careers we’ve ever seen.
To prove this is so -- and because I personally enjoy sifting through Basketball-Reference.com without any real reason -- I decided to pull together some stats and comparisons that will hopefully put his talent and career thus far in perspective.
For example, LeBron already has more MVPs than Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.
And more regular season points than Allen Iverson.
In fact, only two people, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain, have had higher points-per-game averages during their career than LeBron.
He’s logged more regular season minutes than Isiah Thomas.
He’s averaged more rebounds per game over his career than Rasheed Wallace.
And more assists per game than Stephen Curry.
He has more playoff blocks than Karl Malone and more playoff steals than Gary Payton.
As well as more playoff rebounds than David Robinson.
And more playoff assists than Bob Cousy.
And more playoff points than Wilt Chamberlain.
Then there’s the most impressive statistic of all: his probability of making the Hall of Fame. You see, even if LeBron decided to hang it up and retire today, he'd still have a 100 percent chance of getting in. Pretty good odds.