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How many PPG could LeBron average if he was a score-first player?


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#1 OFFLINE   MaverixFan

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:15 PM

The reason why Lebron is looked at as the best player in the NBA is because of the versatility he has. He does everything well. He leads the Heat in points, rebounds, assists, and steals.... but what if he just focused on scoring? How many PPG could he average?

I say 35-38 PPG in his prime
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:16 PM

30-35

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:16 PM

However many he wanted
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:17 PM

72.3 JMO
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:18 PM

30


well he's averaged over 30 before and also averaged 7 rebounds and 7 assists......

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:18 PM

About 32 while still being able to keep his other stats up. If Wade wasn't on the team he could get about 30-32.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:23 PM

well he's averaged over 30 before and also averaged 7 rebounds and 7 assists......


i meant 30-35

anything higher than 35 seems too unrealistic

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:23 PM

He would up there in the high 30's but he is not selfish , he is not Kobe.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:33 PM

I think he could average 35.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:35 PM

Well, on normal FGA for a score-first guy (=22-23 FGA), he could average something less than 35.

But that's too hypothetical.
James might be pass first (I actually think that he's neither, he'll just take the better option) but he handles the ball too much.
He averages a bit more FGA than Durant who doesn't have the ball so much but he's score-first.

I mean, he takes decent amount of shots. He just has a great decision making ability which makes us believe that him scoring at 55% means that he just doesn't shoot much. Well, he shoots more than KD and he passes the ball many times as well. He just has an awesome decision making ability.

Derrick Rose, who many people think that he jacks up shots, he averaged 19.7 FGA in his MVP season which was by far his biggest average. My point is that James takes a good amount of shots for this era. Even Melo who takes shot after shot doing nothing else, he takes 21.7 FGA (Kobe has fewer).

If James was score first, he wouldn't have the ball that much time in his hands. He holds the ball much time now, because his role is to distribute as well.

Just some food for thought.


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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:38 PM

IMO Not much more than right now...

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:38 PM

27 - 30

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:42 PM

i meant 30-35

anything higher than 35 seems too unrealistic


I don't see why. Remember, he's a slasher first and he's strong enough to finish AND1 plays with ease... if he doesn't get that, he'd get free throws. Considering how much the game benefits those type of players, he'll get a lot of attempts at the charity. (He's got the needed reputation to get away with fouls that aren't really fouls sometimes). Throw in the fact that James, besides running the brake beyond well, is capable to get himself into easy scoring chances with his cuts... now he goes to the post often and his jumper is better.

Assuming he's shots like 25 attempts from the field and gets like 15 free throw attempts a game and he makes half of his attempts, I don't see why he wouldn't average over that number. He's in his peak and if this was important to him, I can see him achieving it. Very few teams can contain him anyway... and even the top defenses in the league are helpless when facing him. Throw in the fact that he wouldn't face a lot of those teams and would face teams like Bobcats which he'd murder easily... Throw in any all time great scorer like Jordan, Wilt, Ice etc and they'd all average over 30 points IMO.
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:46 PM

Well, on normal FGA for a score-first guy (=22-23 FGA), he could average something less than 35.

But that's too hypothetical.
James might be pass first (I actually think that he's neither, he'll just take the better option) but he handles the ball too much.
He averages a bit more FGA than Durant who doesn't have the ball so much but he's score-first.


james doesnt shoot more than KD, he has .5 more FGA but 2.5 less FTA

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:48 PM

james doesnt shoot more than KD, he has .5 more FGA but 2.5 less FTA

Ok, but James got the ball much more time than Durant as I said.
Besides, that wasn't even my point. I wasn't compairing the two.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:49 PM

35ppg on 45-47%

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:50 PM

Probably in the high 30's. All he has to do really is drive to the point lol, whose going to stop him?

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:51 PM

around 32

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:52 PM

Its hard to say. Nobody in the league has averaged 30 in the last couple seasons. Only a handful of players in NBA history have averaged 35 PPG in a season. If he was on a bad team and a score first player then I think 33-35 would be possible for prime LeBron. I think his FG% and and assists would take a hit though.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:53 PM

Whatever his current PPG is

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