As of the 2018-2019 season, LeBron James ranked fourth in the NBA's historical scoring list with a total of 32,543 points, and ranked NBA's historical scoring average with an average of 27.2 points per game. The ranking position. These two statistics are obviously enough to show that James is one of the few scoring masters in NBA history, but the problem follows:Why has James only won the title of scoring champion once in the 2007-2008 season?
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The NBA has never lacked masters who look at scoring as if they were looking for something, and the greatest scorers in the history of the NBA are probably still Chamberlain and Jordan.
Chamberlain, who averaged 50.4 points per game in the 1961-1962 season, not only won the scoring champion seven times in his career, but also won the scoring champion for seven consecutive seasons from the 1959-1960 season to the 1965-1966 season. It is also the existence of Chamberlain that many scoring masters of the same period can only "sigh with joy" for the honor of scoring champion. Among them, perhaps the most representative is Elgin Baylor, who averaged 27.4 points per game in his career and ranked third in NBA history. In the 1960-1961 season, Baylor averaged 34.8 points per game, but Chamberlain, who won that season's scoring leader, averaged 38.4 points per game, and Elgin Baylor never won the honor of scoring leader throughout his career.
Chamberlain, who has scored 100 points in a single game, is indeed an extremely great scoring player on the NBA stage, but if onlyJust to get the number of scoring champions, then Chamberlain has to be behind Jordan. As mentioned before, Chamberlain has won the title of scoring champion for 7 consecutive seasons, and before his first retirement, Jordan also completed the "miraculous" of winning the scoring champion 7 times in a row. In addition, after Jordan's comeback, he again Having won the scoring champion for 3 consecutive seasons, Jordan has become the scoring champion 10 times, becoming the player with the most scoring champions in NBA history.
Chamberlain once let Elgin Baylor and others miss the lead in scoring, but the typical "harm" by Jordan is undoubtedly a total of 36928 points in his career, second only to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in NBA history Carl Malone ranked second in the scoring list. During Jordan's 10 scoring championships, Malone followed him a total of 5 times.
Elgin Baylor and Karl Malone, who have never won the scoring champion, may only be able to postHe expressed the emotion of "He Shengliang", but in fact, in the history of NBA, similar "Yuliang" is not rare.
O'Neal, who has only won two scoring champions in total, is actually quite a "tragic" scoring master who can only express his emotions. In the 1993-1994 season, O’Neal, who averaged 29.4 points per game, scored 0.4 points behind David Robinson missed the lead in scoring, and David Robinson was able to beat O’Neal because he scored a career-high 71 points in the final game of the regular season, and finally Improved his scoring average that season to 29.8 points. It’s not over yet. In the 1997-1998 season, O’Neal once again averaged 28.3 points per game and "lost" to Jordan, who averaged 28.7 points per game. In the 1998-1999 season, Olney averaged 26.3 points per game. The disadvantage is behind Iverson, who scored 26.8 points.
The "tragedy" of O’Neal and others actually applies to James, and James’ situation is indeed very similar to O’Neal: on the whole, their scoring ability is indeed strong and stable, but they are always unable to stand it. Disturbed by some accidents.
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After finishing his rookie season with an average of 20.9 points per game, James’ scoring average in subsequent seasons began to "explode." However, in these two seasons, he encountered two " The top scorers of the year: Kobe and Iverson.
In the 2004-2005 season, James averaged 27.2 per gamePoints, but he could only rank third in that season after Iverson (30.7 points) and Kobe (27.6 points); in the 2005-2006 season, James’ scoring average rose to a career-high 31.4 points. However, the top two players in scoring per game that season were Kobe (35.4 points) and Iverson (33.0 points).
In the 2007-2008 season, James finally averaged 30.0 points per game, leaving Kobe (28.3 points) and Iverson (26.4 points) behind to become the scoring leader for the first time, but that honor was also Become James' last "brilliance" in this statistic so far.
In the 2008-2009 season, 2009-2010 season, 2010-2011 season, for three consecutive seasons, James fell short of Wade and Durant (twice) and missed the scoring champion.Three misses, almost every time it can be called James "lost" to his opponent.
Start with the 2008-2009 season "lost" Wade. Wade, who scored a career-high 55 points in a single game that season, averaged only 28.3 points per game before the All-Star Weekend, even inferior to James, who averaged 28.5 points per game, but after the end of the All-Star Weekend Wade’s scoring average suddenly reached 33.9 points, while James continued to have a similar or even slightly declining scoring performance (28.3 points). This also allowed Wade to finally beat his average 28.4 points per game with 30.2 points per game. James, who scored points, won the only scoring champion in his career-Wade's career single game highest points appeared in his personal regular season finale that season.
2009-2010 season and 2010-2011 season, James has twice"Lost" under Durant's hand with a weak disadvantage. In the 2009-2010 season, before entering April, James was slightly ahead of Durant, who averaged 29.72 points per game, with 29.67 points per game. However, Durant scored 30+ points per game in the last 7 games and averaged throughout April. The performance of 34.6 points finally surpassed James, who averaged "only" 29.3 points per game in April and finally stopped at 29.71 points per game in April.
In comparison, after James was "second to 27.7" Durant in the 2010-2011 season with 26.7 points, it is indeed not because of "weak successor" like the previous two. The final small gap between them actually proves that James once again suffered a "sorrowful defeat."
Of course, although he regrets to miss the scoring champion time and time again, he can rise to NBA history. The fourth place in the list and the fourth in the NBA's historical average points per game is enough to show that James' scoring ability is one of the few scoring masters on the NBA stage, and it is like James in the 2008-2009 season and the 2009-2010 season. Because "weak successor" was surpassed by Wade and Durant, it seems that James has become accustomed to the regular season.Stay for the playoffs in the second half.
James is unmoved
In recent seasons, three-pointers are not only quietly changing the NBA’s offensive methods, but also have an increasing impact on the trend of scoring champions. The scoring champion in the last 4 seasons, Hit 402 three-pointers (Curry, 2015-2016 seasons), 200 three-pointers (Westbrook, 2016-2017 season), 265 three-pointers (Harden, 2017-2018 season) and 378 three-pointers (Harden, 2018-2019 season), and Compared with the league's increasing advocacy of three-pointers, James has some changes, but it is obviously not as obvious as most players.
In the regular season of the 2018-2019 season, James' average three-point shots per game reached a career-high 5.9 times, but looking at the entire NBA, there are more players than his average shots per game. There have been as many as 41. And to put it more exaggeratedly, there are even players who average less than 10 points per game-Gerald Green averaged 9.2 points per game and 6.0 three-pointers per game; Krabi averaged 9.6 points per game and averaged attempts per game. 6.0 three-pointers-and what you need to know is that James played in 55 gamesIn the regular season, he averaged 27.4 points per game.
Another statistic can also show that James' attention to three-pointers has not been greatly affected. In the regular season of the 2018-2019 season, James’ two-point shots still accounted for 70.1% of his total shots, and shots within 10 feet accounted for 51.2% of his total shots. In other words, compared to Harden and other players (the number of three-pointers taken this season has accounted for 53.9% of the total number of attempts) are becoming more and more trusting in three-pointers, James does seem a bit "old-fashioned", and this may become James' only one scoring leader so far. , And from the perspective of recent seasons, the distance between him and the scoring leader is indeed an important reason for getting farther and farther.
Of course, for James today, and even before James, what he values most is definitely not the honor of scoring champion, so for thisThe competition for this honor lacks enough interest. As of now, James, whose career total score has risen to the fourth place in NBA history, can only rank ninth in NBA history in total number of attempts (23,478).
These two contrasts can only show that James' hit rate has been maintained at a fairly high level. After switching to the Lakers in the 2018-2019 season, James, who is 34 years old, still maintains a 51.0% shooting percentage, which makes him even ahead of players such as Embiid (48.4%) and Leonard (49.6%). —— Harden (44.2%), who won the scoring champion in the 2018-2019 season, was far behind James.
Such a James, indeed, will not be ignored by everyone because of the honor of having only one scoring champion. Now another personThe curious question is whether James, who is still not old and has the ambition to lead the Lakers to the championship, can surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the first person on the NBA history scoring list.
As of now, there is a gap of 5844 points between James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38387 points). For the last two seasons, he can maintain his average points per game at 2For 7+ James, this is indeed a possible goal. The reason why James is expected to hit this dusty record for many years is that the "youngest Mr. 1000 points" to the "Youngest Mr. 30,000 points" in NBA history are already in James' name, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is 38 years old. The achievement of becoming the NBA's "youngest Mr. 35,000" in zero 348 days may also be placed under James' name.
Of course, for James and the Lakers today, their most pressing problem is to return to the ranks of the playoffs. After all, the Lakers have missed the playoffs for six consecutive seasons. This is the Lakers' glory. A painful experience that has never been seen in the history of the team, and it is definitely more painful than James's scoring lead only once.