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Number of All-Star Selections: Eight
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 26.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.9 blocks on 54.6 percent shooting
Prediction: Eastern Conference Frontcourt Starter
Just so we're clear, there's LeBron James, there's greatness and then there's everyone else. Yeah, he's that good.
We've reached a point where we almost take James' talent for granted. It's become a given that he should put up a near triple-double every night.
On some level, such assumptions are a tragedy, because they take away from the appreciation of his game we should all share. Mostly, though, it's a testament to how magnificent James is on the basketball court.
Some would be quick to point out that LeBron's 26 points a night are below his career average of 27.6, and they would be right. But to those pessimists I'd point out that James is posting a career high in rebounds, shooting percentage and three-point percentage (40.7).
I'd also like to point out that from defense to scoring to distributing, LeBron does it all for the Miami Heat.
Which renders his status as a starter in Houston a mere formality.