We’ve never seen any player like Lebron before. He’s still in the prime of his career and one of the best players in the league at age 35. He may not be as athletic as he used to be but he’s improved in other areas. When he arrived in the NBA, he was a poor 3 point shooter, only converting on 29% of his attempts. But in the ‘Bubble’, Lebron shot an impressive 37% from three and since the 2011-12 season, he’s averaged just shy of 36% in the regular season. And while shooting better from downtown, he’s also averaging more 3 point shots than ever before, attempting over 6 a game for the first time in his career this past season.
But he’s not just improved his shooting, he’s also established himself as one of the best passers in the league. He’s been one of the best passers in the league for around 10 years but last season he averaged over 10 assists a game for the first time in his career. And all time, Lebron has the 8th most assists out of all NBA players, and, at the rate he’s going, it’s well within his reach to finish Top 3 in assists all time.
But we can’t forget about his scoring, in which he’s 3rd all-time in the most points scored. With Lebron only being 4146 points behind Kareem who’s leading, I have no doubt we’ll see Lebron overtake Kareem sooner or later. Lebron is so good in fact, he’s the only player to be in the Top 30 in both of these lists.
But the real question is how much longer will Lebron be in his prime, as he seems to have an endless prime that he’s been in since he was 20. Lebron is superhuman but at some point, he must start to deteriorate. As of right now though, I believe he still has a good few years left in him as one of the best players in the league. He’s not showing any signs of slowing down just yet and he takes extremely good care of his body. He’s gradually got leaner to increase his longevity in the league and other than last season, he’s been injury-free his whole career. So based on my extensive calculations, I say LeBron has 3 more years at this level and then we’ll see the unfortunate, but inevitable, decline of his performance.