An Absurd Stat Which Proves LeBron James Impacted the Team More Than Michael Jordan in NBA Finals

Published 05/22/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Jan 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the first quarter of a game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on January 10, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


One of the arguments for LeBron James’ case for being the greatest of all time is that he is a complete player. When he steps on the court, there is nothing he isn’t good at. And what makes it even more impressive is that he only gets better when the stage is bigger.

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In his 16 postseason appearances, LeBron has made it to the NBA Finals 10 times. Despite having a losing 4-6 record, his stats prove that he always gave his best, no matter the result.

James has led his team in points, rebounds, and assists in the NBA Finals a record seven times. Magic Johnson, Tim Duncan, and Jimmy Butler are the only other players in the history of the league to have also achieved this. But unlike LeBron, they could only do it once.

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These are unbelievable stats that even the most dominant player of all time Wilt Chamberlain couldn’t achieve. Not even Michael Jordan, the other GOAT candidate, is on the list. While this stat isn’t supposed to prove LeBron is the greatest, it is a reminder that when it comes to the biggest stage, it’s impossible to stop him.

Jan 25, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James: The ultimate leader

Leadership is often an underrated attribute in the NBA. There are many world class players in the league who can lead the team in scoring but cannot lead the team when it matters. But these stats show how LeBron does both, always.

He is always leading his team from the front. With his scoring he ensures the team has a solid foundation. Through his elite playmaking, he makes life easier for his teammates. And his brilliant effort on the defensive end motivates everyone else on the team to step up as well.

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In his 17th playoff run now, LeBron will hope he can take the Lakers to the Finals once again. But it won’t be as easy as it was last time. Not only is he dealing with lingering injuries but so is Anthony Davis. So fans will hope both of them can stay healthy and repeat what they did last season.

The Western Conference has got tougher so the path to the Finals is tougher. But if the Lakers reach that stage, it will once again be the LeBron James show.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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