I'll make some predictions in a little bit, but here's a couple of really good LeBron articles to commemorate King James on ring night:
James has enjoyed a run of 15 consecutive seasons (and counting) in which he ranked among the league’s top five players, according to a combination ranking we cooked up based on MVP voting and our RAPTOR WAR metric.2 Just two other NBA players since 1977 — Hall of Fame guards Magic Johnson and John Stockton — have ever pieced together a run of 10 straight seasons or more as a top-five player, and neither had runs as long as LeBron.
This dude has racked up the milesJames will turn 36 before the end of the calendar year. His career right now is defined by both an incredible 17-season résumé and current championship expectations. And he enters this season as both the reigning Finals MVP and the league's oldest projected starter.These three stats help show just how much volume James is carrying this season.1. NBA games played: 1,525Next week, James will lace them up once again and play in his 1,526th NBA game (including postseason). For context, Larry Bird played in 1,061 total games, Magic Johnson played in 1,096 and Michael Jordan played in 1,251. While those icons all faded away before they reached the 1,300-game mark, James is arguably still the most effective single player in the world as he approaches 1,600 games played.2. Total minutes: 59,364James has played more NBA basketball than every other active player by a truly staggering amount. Carmelo Anthony currently ranks second in total regular-season and postseason minutes played at 42,979. For Anthony to catch his buddy, James would need to stop playing and Anthony would need to play the full 48 minutes in more than 340 games.3. Total points: 41,732Again, Anthony is second here among active players. And again, it's not close.For Anthony to catch James in regular-season and postseason scoring, he'd have to average 30 points for more than 448 games. James is just on another planet.
Both articles are well worth a read.