OPINION: LeBron James is widely considered to be one of the best players in the world, and is considered by many one of the best in the history of basketball. Like most players in the conversation, Lebron has made basketball history on several occasions, this year he is firing on all cylinders again.
One of his more recent accomplishments would be making the NBA Finals for seven consecutive seasons, an NBA record. LeBron also made history be being the first NBA player to lead both teams in all statistical categories during the 2016 NBA Finals.
However, one could argue his biggest accomplishment has to be what he is doing this season. Through the first half of the season, James has averaged 27.6 points, 9.1 assists and 8.2 rebounds. He also is shooting 55.8 percent from the field and 39 percent from the three-point-line.
While this type of stat line has become routine for James (other than those shooting numbers), it becomes much more impressive when you remember that Lebron is playing his 15th season. Which is three times longer than the average NBA career of 4.8 years, according to an October 2013 report by Business Insider.
Playing in the NBA for 15 years is impressive on its own. The wear and tear of the regular season and playoffs is no laughing matter. Obviously, Lebron normally plays more than his fair share of playoff games since he holds the record for most consecutive trips to the NBA Finals. Through the first 14 seasons of his career James has played in 1100 regular season games—as of Jan. 7—and 217 playoff games.
We all are witnesses to a truly great basketball player. James even at the age of 33 still seems to be in his physical prime and is showing no signs of slowing down.