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Crazy LeBron, trying to keep expectations within reason

Sep 29, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for lebron_james_miami_heat.jpgHey LeBron James, not only do you have to lead your just thrown-together team to an NBA title, can you average a triple-double for the season while doing it?

I mean, Oscar Robertson averaged that in 1962, and today’s game is pretty much exactly like that, right? You can totally do it. Hey, but no pressure (via the Miami Herald).

“I look up to Big O so much to be able to do that. Unbelievable feat. I don’t believe it will ever be matched. It’s very intriguing. You would love to make history, but it’s not a goal of mine. My goal is to be a triple threat, not to average a triple-double. I know I can do that.”

It’s not about the points, James averaged 29.7 last season and while that will come down some it will not be down to less than 10. Last season he averaged 8.6 assists and that could go up with these teammates around him. The 7.3 rebounds per game he averaged last season might be what trips up these plans (only nine players in the league averaged 10 rebounds or more per game last season).

Except they are not really plans. Take LeBron at his word with this — he wants to win first, and will sacrifice whatever stats it takes to get there. He gets that his legacy is on the line now and that anything short of titles will be viewed as a failure.

If James wanted to, if he focused on the personal, he could tie Robertson’s record. But that was not what Robertson was about. It’s not what James is about either. Whether he can get what he wants remains to be seen.

  1. Will Hutchinson - Sep 29, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Am I the only one who things that Lebron’s assist rate this season might go down?
    I want to see a real analysis of this with stats that show what percentage of Wade and Bosh’s points in previous seasons were assisted. What makes Wade a star is that he can create is own shot. Sure, there will be some easy alley-oops from Lebron to Wade, but when Lebron finds Wade and Wade takes a dribble or draws a foul – that is not an assist.
    I think Lebron’s high assist ratio in the past is partially because the entire offense revolved around him. He initiated, he was part of every pick-and-roll, and anyone else who he passed the ball to was either supposed to catch-and-shoot or to look to give it back. Wade and Bosh are allowed to take some dribbles and create their own instead.
    Maybe Miller is supposed to catch-and-shoot better than anyone in Cleveland does, but I think all of the Super Friends’ stats go down across the board. Just as there aren’t enough possessions available for them to maintain their combined 80 ppg scoring average, I don’t think there are enough assisted shots available — especially with them all capable of trying to get inside to create a better shot off of any catch — for them to keep up the assist average. (Ditto rebounds of course).
    I think they can definitely dominate, especially in the regular season, to the point where people see the stat reduction and start to appreciate that the game is about more than stats. But if they go through some bad losing patches, then I don’t envy the pressure that’s going to be on whoever is deferring the most to his teammates, and therefore having the biggest statistical fall off.

  2. D-Mack - Sep 29, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    yeah, you’re the only one who thinks that

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