Where did the time go? It seemed like yesterday, Lebron James was that high school phenom, taking the world by storm. Now he’s a four-time NBA champion and has accomplished a lot during his NBA career.
On this date, 17 years ago, James made his NBA debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the LeBron era officially began. Since then, he’s accomplished a lot throughout his career and is considered one of the best to ever play in the NBA.
LeBron James’ career is beyond impressive
There was a lot of hype surrounding James when he came out of high school. Everyone knew that he would be the No. 1 pick in the 2003 NBA draft. In high school, he dominated in every aspect of the game, and he already had the size and athleticism to play in the NBA. If social media was around when James was in high school, he probably would have broken the internet. Celebrities and NBA players were coming to his high school games to watch him play.
The world was waiting for James to make his NBA debut, and on October 29, 2003, it finally happened. Cleveland took on the Sacramento Kings, and James delivered. He finished with 25 points, which set an NBA record for most points scored by a prep-to-pro player in his debut. James lived up to the hype his rookie season and averaged 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists. He won the Rookie of the Year award and became the first Cavalier to win the award.
Throughout his career, James continued to grow into a dominant player. He finally won his first NBA title in 2012 with the Miami Heat, which he desperately wanted. He won two titles in Miami and then returned to Cleveland and brought the franchise their first-ever title in 2016. Four years later, after winning a title in Cleveland, he helped guide the LA Lakers to their first title since 2010. James knew when he first entered the league that he wanted to become one of the league’s best, and so far, he’s done just that.
In year 17, LeBron James continued to dominate in the league
At the age of 35, James did not show any signs of slowing down. During the 2019-20 season, he was on the court playing like he’s only been in the league a few years. James impacts the game on so many levels. He can play every position and knows when to take over during games. The Akron native has matured so much since he first entered the league, and he’s a student of the game as well.
James has played in many games throughout his career, and he finds a way to make sure he stays in shape and can compete at a high level. During the 2019-20 season, James averaged 25.3 points, 10.2 assists, and 7.8 rebounds. He led the league in assists per game, and throughout the season, he put the Lakers in many positions to win ball games.
It seems like LeBron’s NBA debut was not long ago
It’s hard to put in perspective that James has been in the league for as long as he has. James has been through a lot since 2003. He’s battled through injuries and won and lost at the highest level. It’s been a journey for the kid from Akron, and he’s built a legacy that people will always remember.
James’ name is in that conversation when you talk about the greatest players to ever play the game. He is a proven winner and has hit many big-time shots in his career. When he retires from the NBA, he will truly be missed.