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33 Records That Define LeBron James’ Greatness At Age 33

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In honor of LeBron James’ 33rd birthday on December 30th, we have listed down 33 reasons why he is one of the greatest players to ever step inside a basketball. Love or hate LeBron James, these list of first ever, the only, the most and the youngest are proof of the King’s greatness and an evidence of his reign over the NBA.

  1. LeBron James has been selected to the All-NBA First Team a total of 11 times and counting. The 11 puts him in a tie with NBA greats Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. James was first named to the team in 2006 and then has been a staple on the roster from 2008 up to last season. With the way he is playing in the 2017-18 NBA season, he’s a cinch to be named to an 11th consecutive and 12th overall, putting him in a pedestal all by himself.

  2. LeBron James is the only player in NBA history to average at least 25 points per game in 13 consecutive seasons. James set the record during the 2016-17 NBA season when he passed Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant who shared the previous mark of 12. The only time in his career where King James didn’t average at least 25 points per game was during his rookie season where he averaged 20.9 points per game.

  3. LeBron James owns the most seasons with averages of at least 25 points, 6 rebounds,6 assists and 1 steal per game. James has accomplished that statline in the last 13 seasons. The only other players to post the same statline are Michael Jordan ( 3 times ), Larry Bird ( 4 times ) , James Harden ( twice ) , Russell Westbrook ( twice ), Clyde Drexler ( once ) and Rick Barry ( once ). If you add the total seasons of the rest of the players in the list, their total would be 13 or the same number of seasons as James himself has accomplished.

  4. In the history of the NBA, only three players have averaged at least 25 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists while shooting at least 50% from the field. Oscar Robertson accomplished that feat during the 1962-63 season, Michael Jordan did it in 1988-89 and LeBron James in 2016-17. If he continues with his current pace, James will become the only player to do it twice. James is also the only player to do it while playing less than 40 minutes per game.

  5. LeBron James is among eight players to score at least 27,000 career points and grab 7,000 career rebounds. The others in this prestigious club are Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Dirk Nowitzki, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Moses Malone and Elvin Hayes. Among the list, only James has at least 7,000 career assists, making him the only player in NBA history to be a member of the all-time 27,000/7,000/7,000 club.

  6. King James is one of five players in NBA history to score at least 2,000 points, grab at least 500 rebounds, issue at least 500 assists and notch at least 5 steals in a single season. The other player to do this were Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, James Harden and Russell Westbrook. James however is the only player to accumulate these stats in four consecutive seasons. James did it from 2008-2011.

  7. Currently, James is the only player in NBA history to have a career average of at least 27 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.

  8. He is also the only player to win the NBA Player of the Month four times in two consecutive seasons.

  9. James has been named as NBA Conference Player of the Month a total of 35 times in his career, the most by any player in the history of the league.

  10. James is the only player in NBA history to win the NBA Conference Player of the Month five times in a single season. James was the Eastern Conference Player of the Month from November 2012 to March 2013.

  11. He is also the only player to win the NBA Player of the Month at least four times in consecutive seasons. He accomplished the feat during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

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  1. As of December 4th, James owns the record for most NBA Conference Player of the Week with a total of 58 for his career.

  2. LeBron’s 314 career points at the NBA’s annual All-Star Game is the most by any player and is 114 points more than the total points scored by Kevin Durant, the next active player on the leaderboard.

  3. His 129 field goals made in the All-Star game are the most by anybody in NBA history.

  4. At #12, LeBron James is the highest ranked forward in the NBA’s all-time assists list. James’ 7,792 assists are the most by any forward in the history of the NBA. The next forward on the list is Scottie Pippen who is currently at #32. The Bulls legend has a total of 6,135 assists.

  5. James is also the NBA’s all-time leader in Box plus/minus. James’ 9.19 is 1.1 more than Michael Jordan who is #2 on the list.

  6. James is the youngest player to reach the point milestones from 1,000-29,000. He currently has 29,788 points ( as of his 33rd birthday ). He will become the youngest to score 30,000 career points in the NBA.

  7. LeBron James has scored more points in the playoffs than anybody. James has scored a total of 6,163 points in the NBA postseason. He passed Michael Jordan as the all-time playoff scoring leader last season.

  8. In Game 5 of the 2015 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Chicago Bulls, LeBron James posted a statline of 38 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks with zero turnovers. He is the only player in NBA history to record that statline without commiting a single turnover in an entire ball game.

  9. In Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Atlanta Hawks, LeBron James posted his 12th career triple double with 38 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists. He became the first player to put up such a statline in the playoffs.

  10. He holds the record for most points scored in a playoff debut with a triple double. James scored 32 points, grabbed 11 boards and issued 11 dimes in a Game 1 win over the Washington Wizards in 2006. Only two other players recorded triple doubles in their playoff debut: Magic Johnson in 1980 and Johnny McCarthy in 1960. Both scored just 13 points during their triple double playoff debuts.

  11. James is the only player to play at least 20 playoff games in six consecutive seasons. That streak ended last season after the Cavs played just 18 playoff games.

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  1. He is the only player in NBA playoff history to score 25 points in more than 10 consecutive games. James accomplished that feat on two occasions, scoring 25 points in 14 straight games during the 2009 playoffs and 16 consecutive games from 2012 to 2013.

  2. King James is the only player in NBA playoff history to lead both teams in scoring, rebounding and assists in a playoff series. He did that two times - in consecutive season, during the 2015 and 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

  3. He is the only player in the Top 10 of the NBA’s All-time playoff leaderboards in points, rebounds, assists and steals.

  4. James has the most first round series wins in NBA playoff history with 21. He also has 21 consecutive First Round wins, the longest active streak since 1984.

  5. King James has swept a total of 10 Best of Seven playoff series, the most by any player in NBA history.

  6. LeBron is one of two players in NBA history to play in seven consecutive NBA Finals. The other is James Jones but we all know why Jones was able to do so - he was on every team that LeBron took to the championship series seven straight times.

  7. He is the only player in NBA history to make four NBA Finals appearances each with two different teams.

  8. He is the only player to average a triple double during an NBA Finals series. He did that last season, in a losing effort against the Golden State Warriors.

  9. James scored 123 points thru the first three games of the 2015 NBA Finals, the most ever in NBA playoff history.

  10. James owns the NBA record for most triple doubles in the NBA Finals with 9.

  11. Lastly, James has scored a total of 230 points in 7 games played during his birthday. The King’s 29.7 points per game scoring average during his birthday is the highest by any player who’s played at least three career NBA games during their birthdays.

Shane Acedera

Shane Acedera

Shane Acedera has been writing online sports articles since 2003 but have been a writer and a blogger since high school. an office employee by day and a sports storyteller by night.

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