Likeliest Candidates to Be the Next LeBron James

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Likeliest Candidates to Be the Next LeBron James
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Miami Heat's LeBron James

LeBron James led the Miami Heat in scoring, rebounding and assists last season.

In the process, he was named league MVP.

Of the last 10 players to win the MVP award, only James did so while also leading his team in scoring, rebounding and assists.

Derrick Rose and Kobe Bryant only led their teams in scoring and assists when they were named MVP, but not rebounding.

Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and Karl Malone only led in scoring and rebounding.

Michael Jordan, during the 1997-98 season, and Allen Iverson in 2000-01, only led their teams in scoring on their way to being named MVP.

Steve Nash only led his team in assists.

But during his MVP run a year ago, James averaged 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists to lead his team in all categories.

In identifying the "likeliest candidates to be the next LeBron James", I've highlighted four players who have the potential to one day do what James did last season.

These players would have to win an MVP award at some point in their career while leading their team in scoring, rebounding and assists that season.

Included as possible candidates are all players who will finish this season at 24-years old or younger. James will turn 28 later this month, for some perspective. 

Additionally, only current NBA players were eligible to make this list. I did not include high school or college players as possible selections.  

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Statistics: Basketball-Reference.com

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