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.