The one thing LeBron James hasn’t done in NBA bubble
Here are the numbers presented by NBA analyst Michael Gallagher:
LeBron James' shot chart at Disney (L) and his shot chart this season before the shutdown (R).
No mid-range makes in Orlando yet, but higher distribution of shots at the rim. pic.twitter.com/b4YVK18iON
— Michael Gallagher (@MikeSGallagher) August 5, 2020
Based on the shot chart above, LeBron James is 0-of-5 from mid-range thus far. Most of his shots have been from the inside, with nearly half of his attempts coming from the paint. It is also worth noting that LeBron has taken 15 attempts from deep thus far, draining a relatively efficient 33.3% of his 3-pointers.
The Lakers have played three games in the bubble so far, and James has averaged 19.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks in 34.6 minutes per contest. He is currently shooting 44.0 percent from the field, which is a far cry from his season average 49.6-percent clip. It is clear that LeBron still has some rust to shake off, which is completely understandable following a four-month hiatus. It should only be a matter of time before he gets there, though.
Despite LeBron’s rather so-so form, LA has won two out of its first three games inside the bubble. More importantly, their victory against the Utah Jazz on Monday allowed them to officially clinch the top spot in the Western Conference with five more seeding games remaining. This probably means an occasional night off for LeBron moving forward, which should only bode well for his fitness for what should be a grueling postseason run ahead.