Former NBA star Gilbert Arenas made an interesting claim about Los Angeles Lakers small forward LeBron James on August 8.
During an episode of “No Chill with Gilbert Arenas” with Lakers assistant coach Phil Handy, Arenas said James is the only superstar who has never had a season in which he chased stats.
“LeBron is probably the only player, the only superstar, that never had that year,” Arenas said about superstars chasing stats. “He never had that year where he says, ‘Eh, forget everybody, I’m trying to get my stats.’ Cuz I said if he ever did that, who’s stoppin’ him?’ That man would average 40 somethin’.”
In 1,366 regular-season games with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Lakers, James has compiled career averages of 27.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.4 assists. He’s won a championship everywhere he’s been and the one-time scoring champion is the only player in NBA history to win three Finals MVPs with three different teams.
Arenas: ‘When LeBron Stepped in, It Was All About Trying to Win a Championship’
Arenas continued his conversation about James with Handy by saying that the King only cares about winning championships. James is a four-time champion and four-time Finals MVP.
“When LeBron stepped in, it was all about trying to win a championship,” Arenas said. “Every year, trying to win a championship. So he’s been building the teams to try to win championships. So he’s never actually had a selfish year where he says, ‘I don’t need anybody. I want to show the world what I can do.’ That is insane to me.”
James is the lone player in NBA history to rank top 10 all-time in points and assists. The Akron Hammer is also the sole player to reach at least 10,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 10,000 assists.
An 18-time All-Star, James will pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the leading scorer in NBA history next season. LeBron has not only won many games during his storied career, but he has also put up some incredible numbers.
Taking a Look at James’ Numbers
Going into next season, James is second in NBA history in points, seventh in assists, 11th in steals, fifth in triple-doubles, second in player efficiency rating and fifth in points per game.