Miami Heat: 4 Signs LeBron James Has Already Locked Up His First Ring
With two MVP trophies already in his living room, James wouldn't hesitate to replace those with championship trophies. A goal of any athlete who plays the game is to win. James has come up short twice.
At 27 years old, the crownless king has a lot more basketball to be played. With the trio of James, Wade and Bosh, here is a list of why LeBron James has already locked up his first ring.
Point Guard Production
A vital part on why the Miami Heat fell short in last year's finals was the minimal production coming from the point guard position.
During last season, Mario Chalmers averaged 6.4 points per game to go along with 2.5 assists per game. Eddie House averaged nearly the same in points and 1.1 assists per game.
Losing House and Bibby in the offseason, Miami found themselves with Mario Chalmers and rookie Norris Cole from Cleveland State.
In his inaugural season, Cole has averaged 8.3 points per game and 2.4 assists. Chalmers has almost doubled his point and assist averages from last season, scoring 11.1 points and dishing out 3.7 assists per game.
With a trio of James, Wade and Bosh, you're not going to see a point guard who averages 18 and 10 simply because the "big three" are the players with the ball.
With the point guard tandem of Chalmers and Cole, the Miami Heat have obtained the right amount of production from that position to be a significant factor in their success this season.
Another MVP Season
LeBron James has been remarkable all season long. In 27 games this season, James has scored over 30 points 13 times, a league high.
Averaging 27.9 points, 6.9 assists and 8.2 rebounds per game, James is a clear front runner in this year's MVP voting.
James has decreased his three point attempts and has been getting to the free throw line almost 10 times a game.
He is shooting a terrific 53.8 percent from the floor this season, a career best. He is also shooting a career best 36.7 percent from three-point range while taking a career low in three-point attempts per game.
His 8.2 rebounds per game is also a career high for James and currently ranks first on his team in points and assists per game while sitting second in rebounds trailing only by .1 per game.
When you think of the Miami Heat, you think of an explosive offense. That is exactly what is happening this season.
The Heat rank second in the league in scoring, averaging 103 points per game. They have scored over 100 points 16 times this season, including a high of 129 points.
Fifteen of their wins this season have come by at least a 10 point margin of victory. In 13 of their victories, James has been the team's leading scorer.
James has been able to take over the team when called upon this season. Last year there was a lot of talk regarding who's team it really was between Wade and James.
This season it looks to be like James is doing most of the heavy lifting while his stats are up from last season, and Wade's points, rebounds and assists are all down.
Entering their second season together, Wade and James have been in a more distinct rhythm. With another year on their resumes, they both experienced their second trip to the Finals.
With Wade losing his first Finals and James losing his second, the high-flying duo has gained much needed experience.
Wade now knows how it feels to lose in the last series of the season and for James, the second time stings a little more.
With the pressure constantly on Miami to back up their talk of "not four, not five, not six," James and Wade should have a more relaxed feeling next time around knowing they got their loss out of the way.
Michael Jordan didn't win his first title until he was 28 years old. James is currently 27 and with two Finals appearances to learn from, expect James to land his first ring this year.
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