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2013-14 Statistics: 26.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.3 blocks, 29.1 PER
While Kevin Durant's been lighting up the Association with some historically significant numbers, LeBron James has been doing the same, albeit with much less chatter surrounding his potential achievements.
James is currently averaging 26.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.6 assists while shooting 57.7 percent from the field. In the history of the NBA, no player has ever posted comparable averages while shooting so efficiently, according to Basketball Reference.
In fact, only four players have ever averaged those same figures on 50 percent-or-less shooting. Those legendary names, according to Basketball Reference? Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Oscar Robertson and, you guessed it, James.
Not only that, but LeBron ranks among the league's top five in field-goal percentage, the one wing player who can boast that achievement. In fact, the only other perimeter-oriented player to rank among the top 15 is James' teammate, Dwyane Wade.
James is also the only non-point guard to rank among the league's top 15 when it comes to assists per game and the only non-guard to grade out as one of the top 20 players in assist percentage (32.5).
All that, and this is supposedly a "down" year for LeBron.
And although it's well-established that Durant is the better mid-range and long-range shooter, James has been terrifyingly strong around the basket and in the paint this season.
After shooting 49.4 percent in the paint and 75.97 percent in the restricted area last season, James has somehow topped those figures and is converting on 51.2 percent of his attempts in the paint and 78.7 percent from the restricted area, per NBA.com.
For comparison's sake, those numbers are superior to Durant's percentages of 39.5 and 74.2 from the paint and restricted area, respectively.
But that's not all. According to MiamiHeat.com's Couper Moorhead, James is on pace to set the single-season record for field-goal percentage in the restricted area, which would top the previous mark owned by Shaquille O'Neal.
There's also the small matter of James guarding all five positions, which he's openly admitted should make him the favorite to capture the league's Defensive Player of the Year hardware, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst: “That’s why I should be Defensive Player of the Year,” James said. “No one has ever done this before.”
Given that he's also gunning for a third consecutive title smack dab in the prime of his career, turning down a chance to make LeBron the face of your franchise is simply irresistible.