Is LeBron James Really Playing The Best Basketball Of His Entire Career Right Now?
Over the last 12 years, LeBron James has played a lot of really terrific basketball for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat. And he has been rewarded handsomely for it. He has won four NBA MVP awards, two NBA titles, and been paid millions and millions of dollars to perform at the highest level. It’s why many people consider him the best basketball player in the entire world—and why they’ve thought that for a long time now. LeBron is a force to be reckoned with. But is he playing the best basketball of his entire career at the moment?
LeBron thinks so. During an interview yesterday, he was asked how 30-year-old LeBron compares to the other versions of LeBron. And he revealed that he thinks he’s better now than ever before.
“I think if you put it all together, yeah,” he said. “If you put everything together as far as my mind, my body, my game. If you put everything in one bottle, this is probably the best I’ve been.”
It’s not exactly a surprise to hear LeBron say that. You would think that all NBA players and pro athletes in general would say that. None of them are going to say, “I was actually better last year than I am this year.” That would require them admitting that they didn’t work hard enough to improve. But LeBron might just be right.
As ESPN points out, the number of points that LeBron has scored or assisted on have increased steadily over the course of this season. It has climbed from 43.1 PPG during the regular season to 43.3 PPG during the first round of the NBA Playoffs to 48.4 PPG during the second round to a staggering 53.6 PPG during the Eastern Conference Finals. That proves that LeBron is getting better as the season goes on and, if that trend continues, LeBron is poised to have a huge NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
We won’t actually know how this season ultimately stacks up against LeBron’s other seasons until much later in his career. But for now, he’s probably safe in saying that he’s playing the best basketball of his career. He’s been nothing short of amazing and, assuming he can keep it up, the 2014-15 NBA season will definitely go down as one of his best.