LeBron James knows his numbers.
The Miami Heat forward has something of a photographic memory when it comes to empirical data. He's almost always correct when he references a statistic or score from the game he just played, or even one he played several seasons ago.
Nor is it a coincidence when, as he approaches a triple-double, he starts emphasizing the area of the game—whether rebounding or passing—in which he is still a bit short of 10. He uses statistics as a way to measure himself against his past accomplishments and against others in history.
So it is somewhat significant when someone brings something to his attention of which he wasn't already aware.
That was the case this week, when it was mentioned that he was on track—even if he didn't play again—to lead the league in field goals made.
"I don't even shoot that much," James said. "That's pretty cool. I like that stat."
There were plenty of stats for Heat fans to love this season.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I’ve had some really good individual seasons. I think, as far as efficiency, yeah. I don’t know if they’ve got all the numbers settled yet, but I felt I played some really good basketball this year.”
What follows are the five statistics that stand out the most.
All quotes in this piece were collected through the course of the author's coverage of the Miami Heat for the Palm Beach Post. All statistics were accurate as of Tuesday afternoon.