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2014-15 NBA Stats

PTS

25.0

REB

5.8

AST

7.2

STL

1.2

BLK

0.8

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2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

LeBron James has returned to Cleveland after four years in Miami. While James gave up the position as the top ranked fantasy basketball player to Kevin Durant over the last couple seasons, he still put up excellent all-around numbers last season. Through 77 games, James aver...

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Signed a two-year, $42.1 million deal with the Cavs in July 2014.

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James scored 29 points (9-17 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 9-11 FT) to go along with four rebounds, 11 assists and three steals in 31 minutes Monday against the Magic.

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LeBron James NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 19 80 42.4 27.2 7.4 7.2 2.2 0.7 1.4 47.2 75.0 3.3 1.4 6.0 3.9 35.1 9.9 21.1 6.0 8.0
2005-06 20 79 42.5 31.4 7.0 6.6 1.6 0.8 1.6 48.0 73.8 3.3 0.9 6.1 4.8 33.5 11.1 23.1 7.6 10.3
2006-07 21 78 40.9 27.3 6.7 6.0 1.6 0.7 1.3 47.6 69.8 3.2 1.1 5.7 4.0 31.9 9.9 20.8 6.3 9.0
2007-08 22 75 40.4 30.0 7.9 7.2 1.8 1.1 1.5 48.4 71.2 3.4 1.8 6.1 4.8 31.5 10.6 21.9 7.3 10.3
2008-09 23 81 37.7 28.4 7.6 7.2 1.7 1.1 1.6 48.9 78.0 3.0 1.3 6.3 4.7 34.4 9.7 19.9 7.3 9.4
2009-10 24 76 39.1 29.7 7.3 8.6 1.6 1.0 1.7 50.3 76.7 3.4 0.9 6.4 5.1 33.3 10.1 20.1 7.8 10.2
2010-11 25 MIA 79 38.8 26.7 7.5 7.0 1.6 0.6 1.2 51.0 75.9 3.6 1.0 6.5 3.5 33.0 9.6 18.8 6.4 8.4
2011-12 26 MIA 62 37.5 27.1 7.9 6.2 1.9 0.8 0.9 53.1 77.1 3.4 1.5 6.4 2.4 36.2 10.0 18.9 6.2 8.1
2012-13 27 MIA 76 37.9 26.8 8.0 7.3 1.7 0.9 1.4 56.5 75.3 3.0 1.3 6.8 3.3 40.6 10.1 17.8 5.3 7.0
2013-14 28 CLE 77 37.7 27.1 6.9 6.3 1.6 0.3 1.5 56.7 75.0 3.5 1.1 5.9 4.0 37.9 10.0 17.6 5.7 7.6
2013-14 28 MIA 77 37.7 27.1 6.9 6.4 1.6 0.3 1.5 56.7 75.0 3.5 1.1 5.9 4.0 37.9 10.0 17.6 5.7 7.6
2013-14 28 CLE/MIA 154 37.7 27.1 6.9 6.3 1.6 0.3 1.5 56.7 75.0 3.5 1.1 5.9 4.0 37.9 10.0 17.6 5.7 7.6
2014-15 29 CLE 13 38.0 25.0 5.8 7.2 1.2 0.8 1.8 47.1 77.7 3.8 1.0 4.8 4.6 40.0 8.8 18.6 5.6 7.2
Rest Of Season Projections 29 CLE 64 40.1 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for LeBron James
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LeBron James NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 4 35.3 20.3 3.8 8.5 1.5 0.8 1.8 43.3 72.7 3.5 1.8 2.0 4.5 38.9 7.3 16.8 4.0 5.5
Last 14 Days 7 36.0 25.1 4.9 7.6 0.9 1.0 2.1 50.0 69.0 3.4 1.3 3.6 5.0 42.9 9.4 18.9 4.1 6.0
Last 30 Days 13 38.0 25.0 5.8 7.2 1.2 0.8 1.8 47.1 77.7 3.8 1.0 4.8 4.6 40.0 8.8 18.6 5.6 7.2
Last 5 Games 5 36.4 20.6 4.8 7.8 1.2 1.0 1.6 43.5 72.4 3.6 1.4 3.4 4.4 36.4 7.4 17.0 4.2 5.8
Last 10 Games 10 37.4 26.1 5.5 7.7 1.1 0.9 2.0 49.2 76.6 3.5 1.1 4.4 4.8 41.7 9.1 18.5 5.9 7.7

 

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LeBron James – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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True Shooting Percentage

57.3%

True Shooting % in 2014-15

In 2014-15, LeBron James has a true shooting percentage of 57.3%.

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LeBron James NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 19 80 36.0 23.1 6.2 6.1 1.9 0.6 1.1 47.2 75.0 2.8 1.2 5.1 3.3 35.1 8.4 17.9 5.1 6.8
2005-06 20 79 36.0 26.5 6.0 5.6 1.3 0.7 1.4 48.0 73.8 2.8 0.8 5.2 4.1 33.5 9.4 19.5 6.4 8.7
2006-07 21 78 36.0 24.1 5.9 5.3 1.4 0.6 1.1 47.6 69.8 2.8 0.9 5.0 3.5 31.9 8.7 18.3 5.5 7.9
2007-08 22 75 36.0 26.8 7.0 6.4 1.6 1.0 1.3 48.4 71.2 3.0 1.6 5.5 4.3 31.5 9.4 19.5 6.5 9.2
2008-09 23 81 36.0 27.2 7.2 6.9 1.6 1.1 1.6 48.9 78.0 2.8 1.2 6.0 4.5 34.4 9.3 19.0 7.0 9.0
2009-10 24 76 36.0 27.4 6.7 7.9 1.5 0.9 1.6 50.3 76.7 3.2 0.9 5.9 4.7 33.3 9.3 18.5 7.2 9.4
2010-11 25 MIA 79 36.0 24.8 6.9 6.5 1.5 0.6 1.1 51.0 75.9 3.3 0.9 6.0 3.3 33.0 8.9 17.5 5.9 7.8
2011-12 26 MIA 62 36.0 26.0 7.6 6.0 1.8 0.8 0.8 53.1 77.1 3.3 1.5 6.2 2.3 36.2 9.6 18.1 6.0 7.8
2012-13 27 MIA 76 36.0 25.5 7.6 6.9 1.6 0.8 1.3 56.5 75.3 2.8 1.2 6.4 3.2 40.6 9.6 16.9 5.0 6.7
2013-14 28 CLE 77 36.0 25.9 6.6 6.1 1.5 0.3 1.4 56.7 75.0 3.3 1.0 5.6 3.8 37.9 9.5 16.8 5.4 7.3
2013-14 28 MIA 77 36.0 25.9 6.6 6.1 1.5 0.3 1.4 56.7 75.0 3.3 1.0 5.6 3.8 37.9 9.5 16.8 5.4 7.3
2013-14 28 CLE/MIA 154 36.0 25.9 6.6 6.1 1.5 0.3 1.4 56.7 75.0 3.3 1.0 5.6 3.8 37.9 9.5 16.8 5.4 7.3
2014-15 29 CLE 13 36.0 23.7 5.5 6.8 1.2 0.7 1.7 47.1 77.7 3.6 0.9 4.5 4.4 40.0 8.3 17.6 5.3 6.9
Rest Of Season Projections 29 CLE 64 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for LeBron James
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LeBron James NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 19 80 3388 2175 588 577 177 52 108 47.2 75.0 262 111 477 308 35.1 795 1684 477 636
2005-06 20 79 3361 2478 556 521 123 66 127 48.0 73.8 260 75 481 379 33.5 875 1823 601 814
2006-07 21 78 3190 2132 526 470 125 55 99 47.6 69.8 250 83 443 310 31.9 772 1621 489 701
2007-08 22 75 3027 2250 592 539 138 81 113 48.4 71.2 255 133 459 359 31.5 794 1642 549 771
2008-09 23 81 3054 2304 613 587 137 93 132 48.9 78.0 241 106 507 384 34.4 789 1613 594 762
2009-10 24 76 2968 2258 554 651 125 77 129 50.3 76.7 261 71 483 387 33.3 768 1528 593 773
2010-11 25 MIA 79 3063 2111 590 554 124 50 92 51.0 75.9 284 80 510 279 33.0 758 1485 503 663
2011-12 26 MIA 62 2326 1683 492 387 115 50 54 53.1 77.1 213 94 398 149 36.2 621 1169 387 502
2012-13 27 MIA 76 2877 2036 610 551 129 67 103 56.5 75.3 226 97 513 254 40.6 765 1354 403 535
2013-14 28 CLE 77 2902 2089 533 488 121 26 116 56.7 75.0 270 81 452 306 37.9 767 1353 439 585
2013-14 28 MIA 77 2902 2089 533 489 121 26 116 56.7 75.0 270 81 452 306 37.9 767 1353 439 585
2013-14 28 CLE/MIA 154 5804 4178 1066 977 242 52 232 56.7 75.0 540 162 904 612 37.9 1534 2706 878 1170
2014-15 29 CLE 13 494 325 75 93 16 10 24 47.1 77.7 49 13 62 60 40.0 114 242 73 94
Rest Of Season Projections 29 CLE 64 2568 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for LeBron James
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LeBron James NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2004-05 19 80 42.4 55.4 50.4 20.6 9.3 2.2 28.2
2005-06 20 79 42.5 56.8 51.5 17.6 8.8 2.0 29.4
2006-07 21 78 40.9 55.2 50.7 17.7 9.4 1.9 25.6
2007-08 22 75 40.4 56.8 51.8 19.4 9.2 2.1 30.3
2008-09 23 81 37.7 59.1 53.0 21.1 8.7 2.4 30.9
2009-10 24 76 39.1 60.4 54.5 23.4 9.4 2.5 32.4
2010-11 25 MIA 79 38.8 59.4 54.1 21.2 10.9 2.0 28.6
2011-12 26 MIA 62 37.5 60.5 55.4 19.4 10.7 1.8 29.9
2012-13 27 MIA 76 37.9 64.0 60.3 23.3 9.6 2.4 32.2
2013-14 28 CLE 77 37.7 64.9 61.0 20.6 11.4 1.8 29.3
2013-14 28 MIA 77 37.7 64.9 61.0 20.6 11.4 1.8 29.3
2013-14 28 CLE/MIA 154 37.7 64.9 61.0 20.6 11.4 1.8 29.3
2014-15 29 CLE 13 38.0 57.3 52.1 21.9 11.5 1.9 24.7
Rest Of Season Projections 29 CLE 64 40.1 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for LeBron James
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LeBron James 2014-15 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Nov 24 ORL 31 29 4 11 3 0 1 9 17 9 11 2 4 1 3 0
Nov 22 TOR 37 15 1 10 1 1 5 6 12 2 3 1 4 0 1 2
Nov 21 at WAS 39 22 4 4 1 1 3 8 21 4 7 2 7 3 1 0
Nov 19 SAS 34 15 6 9 1 1 5 6 17 1 1 2 3 3 3 3
Nov 17 DEN 41 22 9 5 0 2 4 8 18 5 7 1 4 0 9 2
Nov 15 ATL 29 32 6 7 0 1 3 13 20 2 4 4 5 2 4 1
Nov 14 at BOS 41 41 4 7 0 1 3 16 27 6 9 3 8 0 4 4
Nov 10 NOP 40 32 11 9 1 1 4 9 17 13 17 1 3 2 9 1
Nov 7 at DEN 40 22 7 11 1 1 3 8 18 5 6 1 5 0 7 1
Nov 5 at UTA 42 31 3 4 3 0 4 8 18 12 12 3 5 0 3 2
Nov 4 at POR 35 11 7 7 1 0 3 4 12 1 1 2 4 1 6 2
Oct 31 at CHI 42 36 8 5 4 1 3 14 30 7 9 1 3 1 7 1
Oct 30 NYK 43 17 5 4 0 0 8 5 15 6 7 1 5 0 5 3

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player did not play in the game.

LeBron James: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

James scored 15 points (6-12 FG, 1-4 3P, 2-3 FT) with 10 assists in 37 minutes during Saturday's loss to the Raptors.

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James posted a line of 15 points (6-17 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six rebounds, nine assists, one steal, and one block while turning the ball over five times. He played 34 minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.

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James (illness) scored 22 points (8-18 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-7 FT) to go along with nine rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 41 minutes Monday against the Nuggets.

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James (illness) will play Monday against the Nuggets, Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reports.

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James missed Monday's shootaround due to an illness but is still expected to play Monday night, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

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James scored 32 points (13-20 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT) with six rebounds and seven assists in 29 minutes in the blowout win over Atlanta on Saturday.

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James led a furious fourth-quarter comeback Friday in the win over the Celtics. He finished with a season-high 41 points (16-27 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 6-9 FT) and seven assists in 41 minutes.

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James recorded a triple-double Monday against the Pelicans as he scored 32 points (9-17 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 13-17 FT) to go along with 12 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and one block in 40 minutes.

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James scored 31 points (8-18 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 12-12 FT), with four assists, three rebounds and three steals in 42 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Jazz.

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James scored 11 points (4-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), with seven rebounds, seven assists and one steal in 35 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Trail Blazers.

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James scored 36 points (14-30 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 7-9 FT) with eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals in 42 minutes in the Friday overtime win against Chicago. He scored eight points in the extra period.

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James scored 19 points (6-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT) with five rebounds, four assists, and eight turnovers in the loss to the Knicks on Thursday.

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2013-14

It's common knowledge that James is the best player in the league, and has been for several seasons, which makes it a little scary that he set career bests in rebounds (8.0 per game), field-goal percentage (57 percent) and three-point shooting percentage (41 percent) in 2012-13. His improvement in rebounding was marginal, but he took great leaps in his shooting efficiency, up from 53 percent from the floor and 36 percent from downtown in 2011-12. Considering he has basically never regressed, an optimist could expect further improvement this season, as crazy as those numbers would theoretically be. But it should also be noted that his counting stats are unlikely to increase, considering that the Heat will have no reason to play James as much as his talent dictates. Miami's 27-game winning streak required the stars to play more than they otherwise would have last season, and assuming the No. 1 seed will be all but in the bag at some point in the second half, coach Erik Spoelstra could start resting guys in a Popovich-esque manner. If the only knock on a guy is that his team might be too good, then we're clearly nit-picking, but it is worth noting that James only played in four of Miami's final 10 games last season, which could prove disastrous in weekly leagues if it happens again.

2012-13

James played the most efficient basketball of his career last season, shooting 53 percent from the floor – easily a career high. By taking more shots in the post and shooting a career-low 2.4 three-pointers per game, the NBA’s three-time Most Valuable Player found a way to become even better. His counting stats are always gaudy, and last year he averaged a career-high 7.9 boards to go with 6.2 assists, 1.9 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. It was clear throughout the regular season, and especially in the postseason, that Miami is James’ team and Dwyane Wade has taken a back seat to the king. He proved last season that he is always trying to get better, and after helping the U.S. Olympic team win a gold medal in London, James will be back with the weight of having won his first NBA championship off his shoulders. In addition to always putting up incredible numbers, James has never missed more than seven games in a season, so his productivity comes with some assurance. He is certainly worthy of consideration for the No. 1 pick in fantasy.

2011-12

James saw his numbers dip ever so slightly during his first season in Miami, but that should have been expected. Playing next to Dwyane Wade, James had to share the ball for the first time in his career, so there were fewer opportunities to dominate his team’s stats. James’ assists, points, and blocks regressed slightly last season, but with James just 26 years old entering next season, there’s reason to believe he could regroup to post career-best numbers in the future. The Heat overhauled their roster in free agency last season, and even though they finished with the second-best record in the East, they had their share of road bumps. With a full season under his belt to learn how to play with his teammates, and a devastating collapse in the NBA Finals to provide motivation, it’s a safe bet that James will have a chip on his shoulder this season. While Kevin Durant is considered the consensus top pick in fantasy – thanks in part to his superior free-throw shooting – there’s an argument to be made that James’ contributions in the assist department make him nearly as valuable.

2010-11

There might be people who don't know their David Lee from their David Lee Roth, but LeBron James is an icon. Of course, the chances of his notoriety artificially inflating his draft position are low: he's likely the second-best player available right now, and isn't a crazy stretch at number one. In other news, there are reasonable questions to ask about how LeBron's Decision – and how being partnered alongside two regularly elite fantasy producers in Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – will affect his numbers. The quick answer is: not much. The slightly longer answer is this: LeBron and his owners might see a small drop in his scoring. There's an equal likelihood that some other things will increase, like his assists and his field goal percentage (already pretty excellent last year at 50.3). Furthermore, those in 9-cat leagues might very well be happy with LeBron's move, which will likely help his turnover numbers, too. The thing likely keeping James from topping the fantasy charts in 2010-11 is the same thing that's depressed his fantasy value in the past –

2009-10

James is coming off one of the most impressive individual seasons in recent memory, leading a less-than-stellar supporting cast to 66 wins with off-the-scale numbers in the advanced stats like PER and on-court/off-court plus-minus. But the Cavs lost earlier than expected in the playoffs. That’s a great thing for James’ fantasy owners this year because he will be playing with something to prove. James remains the most physically gifted player in the NBA, combining Karl Malone-like size (6-9, 260 pounds) with Allen Iverson-like foot speed. There is nothing that he can’t do on the basketball court, which means that he can (and does) fill every stat on the roto sheet as well as anyone. James was second in the NBA in scoring last season at 28.4 points per game while also notching well over seven boards and seven assists per. He also added almost three combined steals/blocks and 1.6 treys per game while shooting career-bests of 48.9 percent from the field and 78.0 percent from the line. The shooting percentages are key because James led the NBA in free throws made and finished third in field goals made – meaning his percentages yield high impact. And amazingly, despite being six years into the league, the 24 year-old James still has upside to his game. If he were to add a post-up game on offense any time soon he would be completely unguardable. Even failing that, James should continue to put up video game numbers and deserves consideration as the top pick in fantasy drafts.

2008-09

This summer, James lost a game of H.O.R.S.E. to some guy who works in a warehouse. That’s the only indication we’ve seen in a while that King James is actually human. LeBron is an evolutionary version of Magic Johnson – a remarkable combination of speed, size and skill who would be equally effective at point guard or center. He’s coming off a season in which he led the NBA in scoring (30 ppg) while posting career-highs in boards (7.9) and assists (7.2). Those are “MJ in his prime” numbers. James also posted a career-best 48.4 shooting percentage from the floor. For a mere mortal, we’d call it a career year – but the King won’t see his 24th birthday until Christmas week, and still has plenty of room for improvement. He’s on the very short list for “top overall pick” in any fantasy NBA format… except Fantasy H.O.R.S.E. For that, type “the warehouse guy” and “LeBron” into your favorite search engine.

2007-08

With James coming off a career season, you might wonder whether he can still get better. But James only shot 71 percent from the foul line and 31 percent from long range. These are the two main areas in which LeBron should improve significantly. If that were to happen, he'd be worthy of the number one overall pick – his scoring, rebounding and assist combination is totally unmatched. Keep in mind that if he doesn't improve at the charity stripe, his below average shooting hurts more than usual because he attempts more than 10 per game.

2006-07

At the tender age of 21, LeBron established himself as the most complete player in fantasy basketball last year. He averaged 31.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.8 steals on 48.0% shooting from the field and he’s only going to get better. It’s scary to think what his ceiling could be when you look at last year’s numbers, but LeBron can do it all for your fantasy team. He was second in the league in minutes played last year (42.5 minutes per game), and despite averaging 41.5 minutes a game in his career, has only missed eight games in three years. At 6-8, 240 lbs., he has the three-point range (1.6 threes per game last year) to stretch the defense but can also get to the rim at will (average of 10.3 free throw attempts last year). LeBron is the best all-around fantasy player in the game and will be a perennial number one pick for years to come.

2005-06

We're going to spend the next 10 years or so looking for new and better ways to say what's most simply put thus: King James. LeBron was arguably the best fantasy player in the game last year, only the fifth player in NBA history to average better than 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the same season. So where do his numbers go from here? James can seemingly score at will and vie for the league scoring crown, having improved greatly in shooting from the field and beyond the arc. But it's likely that a reinforced Cavs squad, with ball-hungry Larry Hughes on board, will take some touches and scoring chances away from the pass-first star. Scottie Pippen never stopped Michael Jordan from scoring, but Hughes is higher maintenance and in a less structured offense. The addition of spot-up three-point shooters like Donyell Marshall does bode well for a bump in assists. The one area in which James is below replacement level is his 75% free throw shooting. An improvement there alone could easily make him king of the fantasy ranks. That he's entering just his third year itself argues for further all-around development.

2004-05

James answered all his critics last season and then some, claiming stake to the NBA Rookie of the Year award. James showed flashes of his much-hyped brilliance, tickling his owners with his uncanny ability to distribute the ball and score points. James will certainly be looked upon to up his points per game this season, as Cleveland management fumbled the ball with Carlos Boozer. The arrival of Eric Snow shouldn’t affect James’ assists totals too much, as James is an unselfish player who looks pass-first frequently. James will be even better in his sophomore campaign, as scary as that may be, and has the talent to play at a first round pace as soon as this year. James figures to be taken in the mid second round, but don’t be surprised if a team with a late first round pick snags him and banks on his seemingly unlimited potential.

2003-04

After indicating that James would be the Cavs' starting point guard in 2003-04, coach Paul Silas backed off on that, fearing it would be too much for the rookie. James will now start the season as the shooting guard or small forward. He'll still receive plenty of touches and the offense will often run through him, so he still may be a source of assists. If the Cavs find a comfortable spot for James, he could blossom into their leading scorer, but will have to fight for shots with Ricky Davis. There will be lots of pressure on him, and he may be overhyped at your draft or auction.