LeBron James has been the best basketball player in the NBA for about the past four seasons. In that time he has won three MVP awards, captured the elusive NBA title and won a gold medal.
LeBron has done everything in that time on the floor as well. He gets triple-doubles far more often than anyone else in the league and is described as the only player in the league who can play all five positions.
This season LeBron currently ranks 5th in the league in scoring behind Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and James Harden. But LeBron says he could lead the league in scoring if he wanted to, it’s just not his job.
LeBron is right in saying this. If the Heat needed him to score 30-plus points per game, he could certainly do so. He’s averaging a career-low field goal attempts per game this season so it’s not hard to imagine what LeBron would be capable of is he shot a little more often.
But you can really say this about a lot of players at the end of the day. Durant has led the league in scoring the past three seasons and the biggest reason why he isn’t this year is because he’s trying to work on his game being more balanced.
Really only Kobe and Anthony are probably maxing out their scoring potential right now on their teams. Although there are definitely scenarios out there where if they were on different teams with different casts, they’d be scoring more too.
The real question when it comes to LeBron and scoring is: is he the best scorer in the league or not. There are not a lot people who would say this about LeBron. Most say Durant or Anthony or Kobe still.
Sure, LeBron is a better overall player and better overall offensively than these guys but he can’t score at the same clip as often. The biggest downfall for LeBron as a scorer is that he is not the great shooter that the other three are. LeBron has done a great job over the years working on his shot and shooting a very high percentage but in a bubble, he can’t outshoot any of those guys and doesn’t have the same offensive repertoire of either of them either.
So is LeBron right that he could potentially lead the league in scoring if that’s what his team needed to do? Sure. But so could a lot of players in this league.