LeBron James: I'm Never Mentioned with Scoring Greats Because I'm a 'Pass First Guy'

Jenna CiccotelliCorrespondent IIMay 17, 2021

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LeBron James wrapped up the 2020-21 season with an average of 25.0 points per game, marking his 17th consecutive season with at least that many. But the star, who has only posted under that number in his rookie year, when he logged 20.9, said people often overlook his production for another stat. 

LeBron James @KingJames

Since I was 19 years old! And I’m a pass first guy. Always been. That’s why I’m never mentioned with the greats of scoring huh?? That’s perfect cause I’d rather keep it that way! 😁. #ThekidfromAKRON🤴🏾 #SFG🚀 #JamesGang👑 #Blessed🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/QGqFFHu3jj

His 17 seasons with at least 25 points per game are the most all-time, according to StatMuse.  

James has also had a pair of seasons in which he averaged at least 30 points per game, doing so in his third season (31.4 in 2005-06) and his fifth, when he led the league with 30.0. 

The 36-year-old is far from the top of that leaderboard, where Michael Jordan's eight such seasons edges Wilt Chamberlain's seven. Oscar Robertson had six seasons with 30 points per game, while Allen Iverson, Adrian Dantley and Jerry West each had four (h/t StatMuse). 

Of course, he has plenty of other scoring milestones to go along with this one: 

StatMuse @statmuse

1st in playoff points<br>1st in 20-point playoff games<br>1st in 30-point playoff games<br>3rd in points<br>3rd in 20-point games<br>3rd in 30-point games<br>6th in PPG<br>6th in playoff PPG<br><br>Not bad for a pass first guy. pic.twitter.com/DaVxuhwuIp

With a resume like that, it's hard to imagine that anyone would consider James not to be among the league's scoring greats. But just in case, the record has been set straight. 


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