Blueprint for LeBron James to Average a Triple-Double

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Blueprint for LeBron James to Average a Triple-Double
Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE
Miami Heat's LeBron James

LeBron James has recorded 32 triple doubles during the regular season, and he's added eight more in the playoffs.

He closed out this past season with 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in the deciding game of the NBA Finals. 

For his career, through Monday, James is only 3.1 assists and 2.8 rebounds away from averaging a triple-double over 704 regular season games. 

The closest he came to becoming the first NBA player to average a season-long triple double since Oscar Robertson, was during the 09-10 campaign.

In that final year, as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, James averaged 29.7 points, 8.6 assists and 7.3 rebounds. 

This season, through his first 15 games, he's averaging 24.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists.

But, for as dominant as James is in all phases of the game, he will not spontaneously combust into a walking triple-double for the season.

He needs a plan for how to get there.

That blueprint, for James to average a triple-double, would begin by increasing the number of field goals he attempts less than ten feet from the basket.

He would also need to continue to attack the defensive glass and collect at least one more offensive rebound per game.

His assist total would need to improve by finding more teammates cutting to the basket for scoring plays at the rim along with attacking the basket more himself as a passer. 

This, while continuing to efficiently lead his Miami Heat team in scoring.

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