Incredible Stat Proves LeBron James Has Beaten Father Time and Had the Longest Prime in NBA History: ’18 Years Apart to the Day, LeBron Is Ridiculous’

LeBron James was dubbed the Chosen One by Sports Illustrated when he was still in high school. Before he got drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003, King James did an interview with Bob Costas where the veteran sports reporter told him he’d be considered a bust if he didn’t make the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame one day.

The expectations placed on LeBron’s shoulders as a teenager were enormous. However, he’s somehow exceeded them. The All-Star small forward has also beaten father time and had the longest prime in NBA history based on a remarkable 18-year statistic.

LeBron James was incredible in his NBA debut

LeBron made his NBA debut on October 29, 2003, against the Sacramento Kings at the age of 18. Although the Cavaliers lost by 14, the Akron native was spectacular. He finished with 25 points, six rebounds, and nine assists in 42 minutes while shooting 12-of-20 from the field.

The Cavaliers missed the playoffs in 2003-04. However, LeBron showed why he was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 draft. The swingman averaged 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists en route to winning the Rookie of the Year Award. LeBron had 12 double-doubles and scored more than 30 points 13 times as a rookie.

As players get older, their production tends to decrease. Since the 2021-22 season is LeBron’s 19th NBA campaign, some pundits expected him to no longer put up MVP numbers, given he’s 36 and has a lot of mileage on his body.

However, LeBron continues to defy father time.

LeBron James had similar numbers 18 years apart

18 years after making his NBA debut, LeBron is still dominating the league. On October 29, 2021, against the Cavaliers, the four-time champion put up 26 points, three rebounds, and eight assists for the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s astonishing how consistent LeBron has been during his stellar career. We may never see another player have this type of longevity again.

LeBron has career averages of 27.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 7.4 assists with the Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and Lakers. Along with being a four-time champion, LBJ is a four-time Finals MVP, four-time regular-season MVP, and the only player in NBA history to rank top-10 all-time in points and assists. He’s also second in player efficiency rating, trailing only Michael Jordan.

There’s a chance LeBron could pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the all-time scoring list. As of this writing, the Akron Hammer is 2,902 points away from moving past Abdul-Jabbar, who will hold no grudge if LeBron surpasses him.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Bron passing him: “I’m excited to see it happen”

During an interview with Marc Stein, Abdul-Jabbar said he’s excited to see LeBron break his scoring record. The six-time champion has always been a fan of the King.

“I’m excited to see it happen,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “I don’t see records as personal accomplishments, but more as human achievements. If one person can do something that’s never been done, that means we all have a shot at doing it. It’s a source of hope and inspiration. Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile back in 1954. Since then, not only have 1,400 runners beaten that time, but the new record is 17 seconds less. We all win when a record is broken, and if LeBron breaks mine, I will be right there to cheer him on.”

Not only is LeBron chasing Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring record, but he’s also two championships and two Finals MVPs away from tying Jordan, his childhood idol. It will be fascinating to track the end of LeBron’s career to see how many records he can tie or break.

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