LeBron James is 33 years old today.
He’s certainly the greatest player of our generation, and he’s far from being done. King James has managed to solidify a spot on many basketball lover’s “Mount Rushmore”. This past decade has revolved around him, and his streak of eight straight finals appearances is unprecedented.
To celebrate LeBron’s special day, here are 33 absurd stats on his 33rd birthday:
- Only five players in NBA history lead a team in all five major statistics in the same season (points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks), yes LeBron is one of them:
Dave Cowens (1977-78)
Scottie Pippen (1994-95)
Kevin Garnett (2002-03)
LeBron James (2008-09)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (2016-17);
- LeBron James is the only player in NBA history to average at least 25 points per game for 13 consecutive seasons, and it looks like he will extend his streak this season.
- King James leads the league in and-one plays over the last 20 seasons with 762 (902 including playoffs):
LeBron James – 762 regular season (140 playoffs)
Kobe Bryant – 665 (95)
Tim Duncan – 564 (120)
- Last year (his 14th season), James led the NBA in the regular season with 37.8 minutes per game. James is the most experienced player to lead the NBA in minutes per game for a season. No other player has led the league in minutes per game beyond his 12th season (Allen Iverson was in his 12th season when he averaged an NBA-high 41.8 minutes per game in 2007-08);
- LeBron became the 18th player in NBA history to reach 50,000 career minutes (regular season and playoffs). Yes, James is the youngest player to reach 50,000 career minutes;
- James is the youngest to reach every point milestone from 1,000 up to 29,000, and soon he will become the youngest to reach 30,000, he needs 241;
- LeBron James scored more points than anyone by age-33, even if you include college totals:
LeBron James – 29,759
Wilt Chamberlain – 28,533
Kobe Bryant – 27,868
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 26,498
Michael Jordan – 25332
- He is the only player in NBA history to record at least 27,000 points, 7,000 rebounds, and 7,000 assists, and the only player in NBA history to average at least 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists for their career;
- He holds 1st place all-time being named Conference Player of the Week with (54) nominations and Conference Player of the Month (34);
- Moreover, James is the only player in NBA History to win the NBA Player of the Month Award five times in a single season, and the only player in NBA history to win the NBA Player of the Month Award four times in two consecutive seasons;
- He holds 1st place all-time in career assists by a forward with (7,786).
- LeBron ever missed a playoff game, well he has never sat out for more than 15 percent of a season (regular season and playoffs combined);
- LeBron James is one of three players in NBA history to record a triple-double in their playoff debut.
LeBron James – 32P/11R/11A in 2006
Magic Johnson – 13P/11R/11A in 1980
Johnny McCarthy – 13P/11R/11A in 1960
- LeBron James and Tim Duncan are the only players in NBA history to play over 9,000 career minutes in the playoffs;
- He is the only player in NBA history to play 20 playoff games in six consecutive seasons;
- …and the only player in NBA history to win a road game in 29 consecutive playoff series;
- LeBron owns the highest scoring average in game 7s with 33.2 points per game, …and the highest scoring average in elimination games with 32.8 points per game;
- James is also the only player in NBA history to be in the top 10 all-time in career playoff points, rebounds, assists, and steals;
- LeBron is the youngest to reach 4,000, 5,000 and 6,000 playoff points;
- Over his postseason career, he’s been the outright leader in points, rebounds and assists on 39 different occasions, 26 more than the next-highest player on the list, Larry Bird (13);
- James also owns the record for most consecutive wins in the first round in the postseason (21);
- The King is 48-7 all-time in first-round games. His .873 win percentage in first-round games is the best among 300+ players with at least 25 playoff games since the current 16-team playoff format began in 1984.
- James is the only player to appear in 20+ Finals games with two franchises (he played in 23 games for Miami Heat and 22 for the Cleveland Cavaliers);
- LeBron averaged 33.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists over the series, becoming the first player to record a triple-double average in the NBA Finals;
- King James is one block away from becoming the only player in the Top 10 in total points (4th), rebounds (7th), assists (2nd), steals (2nd) and blocks (12th) in NBA Finals history (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar fell short in assists (just 6 assists!), and Magic Johnson fell short in blocks);
- He has more 40+ point games (6) in the Finals than the entire NBA (active players), who combines for a total of just five 40+ point games;
- He is also one half of the only duo in NBA history to record at least 40 points each in the same NBA Finals game, achieved this with Kyrie Irving in the 2016 NBA Finals;
- Only five of the league’s 30 franchises have as many NBA Finals appearances in their history as LeBron James has in his career (Lakers, Celtics, Warriors, 76ers, and Knicks);
- LeBron is the only player in NBA history to reach Finals four times with two different teams;
- Last season James became the first player in NBA history to score 35+ points in every game of a four-game sweep (35, 39, 35 and 35);
- LeBron James has now swept 11 Best-of-7 playoff series in his career, the most of any player in NBA history;
- Only player in NBA history to lead both teams in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals in a playoff series (2016 NBA Finals vs. Golden State Warriors);
- …and finally, James is the only player in NBA history to score at least 40 points in consecutive elimination games in a single NBA Finals series, insane!
Happy Birthday King James!