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2013-14 NBA Stats

PTS

27.1

REB

6.9

AST

6.4

STL

1.6

BLK

0.3

2013-14 NBA Projections

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2013-14 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

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...

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

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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 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
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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 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 14 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 30 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 5 Games 5 38.0 30.2 6.4 4.8 1.6 0.8 2.2 53.5 74.4 3.2 1.4 5.0 4.6 47.8 10.8 20.2 6.4 8.6
Last 10 Games 10 39.0 29.8 6.9 6.0 1.3 0.8 2.3 55.6 79.8 3.1 1.0 5.9 4.7 48.9 10.4 18.7 6.7 8.4
Last 20 Games 20 38.8 29.0 7.3 6.7 2.2 0.6 1.9 55.4 75.3 3.1 1.0 6.3 4.7 40.4 10.5 19.0 6.1 8.1

 

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True Shooting Percentage

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True Shooting % in 2013-14

In 2013-14, LeBron James had a true shooting percentage of 64.9%.

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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 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
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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 MIA 77 2902 2089 533 489 121 26 116 56.7 75.0 270 81 452 306 37.9 767 1353 439 585
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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 MIA 77 37.7 64.9 61.0 20.6 11.4 1.8 29.3
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LeBron James 2013-14 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Apr 16 BKN                                
Apr 12 BOS 37 27 8 5 0 1 3 10 22 4 8 3 7 3 5 2
Apr 11 at MIL 35 36 6 1 1 1 2 11 20 12 13 2 4 1 5 1
Apr 9 DET 41 37 6 5 2 0 5 14 23 6 7 3 5 1 5 1
Apr 5 CHA                                
Apr 4 at ATL 48 34 8 5 4 1 4 12 24 8 10 2 4 2 6 5
Apr 2 at ORL 29 17 4 8 1 1 2 7 12 2 5 1 3 0 4 0
Mar 30 IND                                
Mar 28 at BKN 30 17 10 12 1 0 1 7 13 2 2 1 3 2 8 0
Mar 26 at DET 43 38 8 5 0 0 6 11 19 14 15 2 6 0 8 3
Mar 25 TOR                                
Mar 23 at NYK                                
Mar 22 HOU 42 25 8 9 0 1 3 10 18 3 3 2 4 1 7 1
Mar 20 OKC                                
Mar 18 MIA 42 43 6 4 2 3 0 14 19 9 13 6 8 0 6 1
Mar 16 at LAC 43 24 5 6 2 0 5 8 17 7 8 1 3 0 5 3
Mar 14 at GSW 40 21 6 6 1 0 4 8 17 5 7 0 4 0 6 3
Mar 12 at PHO 38 19 5 7 3 0 5 6 13 6 9 1 4 0 5 1
Mar 8 NYK                                
Mar 7 at CHA                                
Mar 4 SAS 37 22 1 6 3 0 1 9 18 4 6 0 3 1 0 1
Mar 1 at MEM 31 20 9 7 4 0 2 8 12 4 5 0 2 1 8 1
Feb 28 UTA                                
Feb 26 at OKC                                
Feb 25 TOR                                
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Feb 23 WAS                                
Feb 21 at TOR                                
Feb 19 ORL                                
Feb 18 at PHI 38 42 9 6 2 0 3 16 23 6 8 4 8 2 7 2
Feb 12 at DET 42 36 13 9 2 0 2 14 26 4 7 4 8 1 12 1
Feb 11 SAC 41 37 9 3 5 0 4 12 22 11 14 2 5 1 8 2
Feb 9 MEM                                
Feb 7 at WAS                                
Feb 5 LAL 41 31 8 12 3 1 7 11 20 6 8 3 7 1 7 2
Feb 3 at DAL 38 24 8 11 2 2 1 9 19 6 8 0 3 1 7 1
Feb 1 at HOU 39 30 8 7 6 0 2 13 22 3 6 1 3 1 7 3
Jan 30 at NYK                                
Jan 28 NOP                                
Jan 26 PHO 28 18 7 6 1 0 4 8 15 1 1 1 3 0 7 4
Jan 24 MIL                                
Jan 22 CHI                                
Jan 20 DAL 39 30 4 6 1 0 3 11 21 5 8 3 7 1 3 1
Jan 17 at DEN 37 21 8 10 2 1 3 7 13 7 8 0 1 1 7 3
Jan 15 at POR 41 25 8 7 2 0 4 8 18 9 10 0 4 2 6 1
Jan 14 at LAL                                
Jan 12 at SAC                                
Jan 10 at UTA 49 36 7 5 0 0 4 12 21 10 12 2 5 3 4 6
Jan 7 PHI 35 32 3 5 2 0 3 13 22 3 3 3 6 1 2 1
Jan 5 IND 38 30 4 5 1 0 1 12 18 6 7 0 0 1 3 1
Jan 4 at BKN 36 15 8 8 1 0 3 5 13 5 8 0 1 1 7 1
Jan 2 ORL 40 26 5 5 0 1 8 10 16 5 8 1 4 0 5 0
Dec 31 at IND                                
Dec 29 GSW                                
Dec 28 at BOS                                
Dec 26 ATL                                
Dec 23 DET 46 38 8 6 2 0 0 16 28 2 6 4 9 4 4 2
Dec 21 at CHI                                
Dec 20 MIL 31 18 6 8 1 1 1 8 11 1 2 1 2 2 4 1
Dec 17 POR                                
Dec 14 at MIA 41 25 9 9 4 0 2 9 12 7 10 0 2 2 7 2
Dec 13 at ORL                                
Dec 10 NYK 39 17 14 6 2 0 5 6 16 4 6 1 4 1 13 3
Dec 7 LAC 31 21 14 8 2 0 7 9 12 3 5 0 0 4 10 3
Dec 6 at ATL                                
Dec 4 DEN                                
Nov 30 CHI                                
Nov 29 at BOS 36 27 6 3 1 1 3 10 17 4 6 3 5 1 5 2
Nov 27 MIA 37 28 8 8 3 0 1 9 19 9 11 1 3 0 8 3
Nov 23 at SAS 38 22 9 7 3 0 3 7 13 5 7 3 6 0 9 0
Nov 22 at NOP                                
Nov 20 WAS 29 21 6 7 1 1 4 5 11 11 11 0 2 1 5 0
Nov 16 at WAS 32 30 4 7 1 1 3 13 18 4 4 0 0 1 3 1
Nov 15 CHA 37 39 6 4 1 0 6 14 18 10 11 1 1 0 6 0
Nov 13 at MIN                                
Nov 11 at CHI                                
Nov 9 PHI 37 25 8 10 0 0 5 9 13 7 9 0 0 1 7 1
Nov 8 at PHI                                
Nov 6 at MIL                                
Nov 4 MIN                                
Nov 2 at IND                                
Nov 1 at CHA 42 26 7 6 2 1 5 11 19 3 5 1 2 1 6 2
Oct 30 BKN 37 25 4 13 0 0 4 9 17 3 4 4 7 0 4 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 officially signed with the Cavaliers for two years and $42.1 million, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports.

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James announced Friday that he will sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sports Illustrated reports.

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James' agent Rich Paul has notified the Heat that James will exercise the early termination option in his contract, ESPN's Chris Broussard reports.

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James gave a valiant effort in Game 5, but the Heat ultimately lost the series despite his 31 points (10-21 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 8-9 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 41 minutes Sunday.

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James has played with a sore ankle since the third quarter of Game 2 of the Finals against the Spurs, the Miami Herald reports.

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James contributed 28 points (10-17 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 4-6 FT), eight rebounds and two assists while committing three turnovers in 38 minutes during the Heat's Game 4 loss to the Spurs.

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James led the Heat with 22 points (9-14 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT) to go with five rebounds, seven assists and five steals in 40 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Spurs. He committed seven turnovers, the most he has ever had in an NBA Finals game.

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James scored 35 points (14-22 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT) and added 10 rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 38 minutes during the Heat's Game 2 win over the Spurs on Sunday.

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James is expected to play his typical allotment of minutes during Sunday's Game 2 of the NBA Finals at San Antonio, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

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James recorded 25 points (9-27 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT), six rebounds, three assists, and three steals in 33 minutes Thursday against the Spurs.

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James was named to the All-NBA First Team on Wednesday, NBA.com reports.

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James was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team on Monday, Yahoo! Sports reports.

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2013-14

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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.