Can we talk about LeBron James for a second?

Can we talk about how amazing LeBron James is? If you don’t want to discuss, just sit there then. Hear me out because the dude is playing at a level that belies his age. At 33 years old, LeBron is averaging 27.3 points per game on 54% from the field. The 27.3 points per game would be his highest points per game in his last eight seasons.

Love him, not love him or hate him, LeBron James is one of the NBA’s best players. I’d go and say that he’s top three all-time and by the time he’s done, he’ll be in the top two.

He’s doing it efficiently too. His 54.5% overall field goal percentage is the fourth-highest in his 15 season career. That percentage is even more impressive when you consider that even though he converts a ton of baskets at the rim, he’s not a big man that camps out down low and dunks the ball (no offense, Shaq). LeBron takes shots from all over the court. Again, this is at an age that’s supposedly a couple years after his prime years.

I’m not done yet,  if “The King” (we’re going to have to stop putting quotes around it) can keep up his current average of 8.7 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game, those two marks will be the most rebounds and assists he’s averaged in his entire career. Um, that’s incredible.

If you haven’t put it together, LeBron is flirting with averaging a triple double. If he were to chase triple-doubles as hard as Russell Westbrook has and continues to do, he would easily be averaging a triple double. However, LeBron doesn’t need those accolades because his shelf is full of accomplishments. So while lesser players scamper around trying to get to a triple-double, LBJ knows he has nothing to prove. That said, let’s talk about his triple doubles because LeBron won’t. His 16 casual triple-doubles is good enough to be in the top 15 all-time in terms of most triple doubles in one NBA season. And he’s had approximately 10 games when he was short 1-2 rebounds or assists that would have added to his total. Does he care? No, but we see you, LeBron.

I’m going quote The Ringer to emphasize how great even a mediocre LeBron has been:

His worst points-per-game average in any of the 14 seasons since his first in the league is 25.3. His worst rebounding average in that span is 6.0, his worst assists average is 6.0, and his worst field-goal percentage is 47.2. Here is the entire list of players in NBA history who have reached those marks in the same season: Oscar Robertson (nine times), Larry Bird (four), Michael Jordan (three), and Jerry West (one). In other words, only four other players in history, and not one since Jordan, have managed to match even the Bizarro Frankenstein collection of James’s worst seasons.

Here’s an understatement: LeBron is in great shape and is a superhuman athlete. Many have said it, but it’s worth mentioning again, his combination of speed, size, and skill is incomparable. He’s one of the best basketball players in the history of the game with a football player’s size and density. His strength and physical attributes has no doubt helped him withstand the brutal schedule of 82 games a season and the 20+ in the playoffs — which is reflected in his playing in over 93% of games in his career.

At this rate, LeBron won’t have a problem becoming the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. Earlier in the year when LeBron hit the 30,000 point milestone, we projected whether could ever surpass Kareem’s all-time scoring record. Including this season, LeBron would have to play at least five full seasons to catch the record. Yes that would mean he’s playing until he is 38 years old and it’s a long way to go, but if this is how he’s playing at age 33 we think he can do it. But only if LeBron wants to.

To continue being wowed by LeBron’s performance at 33 years old, check out this list by The Ringer.

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