Career Averages of Miami’s Big Three

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While all the NBA squawking these days is being reduced to psycho-babble about LeBron’s manliness, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some cold, hard numbers.  In particular, it would be nice to see where each of these players rank in terms of their averages among NBA greats.

In the history of the NBA, no one has done what LeBron James has, on average, for their career.  Now granted, his numbers are likely to slip – and probably much quicker now than anyone imagined, since he will be carrying a lighter load.  However, there has been no one in the history of the NBA who has scored 27 points per game, gathered 7 rebounds per game, and passed out 7 assists per game.  This chart shows that Dwayne Wade, Larry Bird, Oscar Robertson, and Jerry West come close.  Notice also Bird’s superior rebounding, and Oscar’s superior passing stats.  All you have to do is look at this chart to realize why it’s a no-brainer that Wade and James play together.

This second chart shows where Bosh’s averages rank in NBA history.  His production is nowhere near as impressive as his two teammates.  However, you can see that he is in some fine company himself.  Less than 20 players have had the career has so far.

It’ll be very interesting to continue to track their stats through the season.  I expect scoring averages for all three to take a hit.  However, we may see an increase in assists for LeBron.  And an increase in rebounds for Bosh.  And I think we will most definitely see an increase in efficiency for all three players.

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3 Responses to “Career Averages of Miami’s Big Three”

  1. High Above Courtside Says:

    In the history of the NBA, using the first 7 years as a measuring stick, here are Oscar’s numbers.

    Asists: 10.7

    Rebounds: 9.4

    PPG: 30.5

    Looks like Bron is coming up short througfh the first 7 years.

    When James career is over, then his carrer numbers can be compared to the greats.

    One thing he does have in common with Oscar though the first 7 years–no champioships.

  2. pmadavi Says:

    Yup, Bron’s averages will be lower than Oscar’s on face when all is said and done. However, if you factor in PACE, they’ll be right on top of each other, Bron might even exceed him.

  3. High Above Courtside Says:

    Let’s not close this until we credit the great Elgin Baylor whose career numbers for a small forward are staggering to thsi day:

    27.4 ppg (missed 2 full seasons with knee injuries in his prime)

    13.5 Rpg (for a small forward)

    4.3 APG (played with West and Gail Goodrich for much of his career)

    And mind you, I am a life long Laker Hater, but a Hall of Famer is a Hall of famer

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