‘Young King’: Lakers’ LeBron James Reacts to His Highschool Picture

Published 03/01/2021, 2:30 PM EST
Jan 28, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) goes up for a shot against Detroit Pistons center Mason Plumlee (24) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


Ever since his debut in the league, LeBron James has been arguably the face of the league. While LeBron has had a lengthy 8 year run in the league till now, he still remains amongst the topmost players.

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After a disappointing run of form where the Lakers lost four games in a row, LeBron and the Lakers are back on a roll with two dominant victories against the Blazers and the Warriors.

LeBron James reacts to his highschool picture

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After their latest win against the Warriors, the 17-time All-Star shared a throwback picture of himself from 2002 when he was playing for the St. Vincent-St. Mary high school.

‘The King’ was a dominant force in high school. Having played in four seasons of high school basketball, James scored 2,657 points, 892 rebounds, and 523 assists.

His averages in his senior year just before the draft were rather insane as he averaged 30.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists, per game. There was certainly hype surrounding the high school prospect, and LBJ didn’t disappoint.

After being taken as the number 1 overall pick in the 2003 draft, LBJ showed his class in his rookie season. In the 79 games he played, the ‘Chosen One’ averaged 20.9 points, 5.9 assists, and 5.5 rebounds per game.

18 seasons and 4 MVP trophies later, LBJ has one of the best careers in the league and continues to be the best player on the court.

Can LeBron win his 5th MVP trophy this season?

Given how talented the NBA has become lately, it is incredible to see James being one of the first names in the NBA conversation. The 36-year-old is a constant in the regular-season MVP trophy conversation.

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But despite being a constant presence in the MVP nominations, LBJ hasn’t won the MVP trophy in eight seasons now. However, this season, he might be in the running again.

Feb 8, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) celebrate in the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 36-year-old hasn’t missed a single game this season and has led the Lakers to a record of 24 wins and 11 losses, the second-best in the NBA. James has averaged 25.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 7.8 assists per game.

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If he can maintain this form, he will remain one of the favorites to conquer the MVP trophy. But he faces tough competition from 76ers’ Joel Embiid. Can he trounce the 7’0″ Cameroonian in the MVP race?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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