The Los Angeles Lakers are among the major favorites to win this season’s Western Conference title, and it’s easy to see why. They are currently tied for the league’s best record at 24-4. The team was on a seven-game winning streak prior to a loss Tuesday to the Indiana Pacers, with their superstar player, LeBron James leading the way.
Over the span of the Lakers’ recent seven-game win streak, James has averaged 28.3 points, 11.0 rebounds, 9.7 assists, 1.3 steals and one block per game. He was also shooting over 50 percent and recorded his sixth triple-double of the season. For this reason, James was named Western Conference Player of the Week from December 9 through the 15.
According to Mark Medina of USA Today, James has now earned 62 NBA Player of the Week honors, which is the most any player has ever received in NBA history. To put this in perspective, Kobe Bryant trails LeBron with 33 while Kevin Durant has earned 26 and Michael Jordan has 25.
Following James’ recognition, he took to Twitter to give credit and thank his teammates. His post included the hashtags, #WashedKing and #RevengeSZN.
LeBron James: Best Player in the World
LeBron James has remained in the ‘best player in the world’ conversation since the very early stages of his career. And at 34 years old, James has proved that he is anything but a ‘Washed King.’ He is producing incredible numbers and has led Los Angeles to a red-hot start this season.
Brad Botkin of CBS Sports reported that James is just 57 minutes shy of Kobe Bryant’s career minutes total, therefore he compared both of their stats. The averages were focused on LeBron’s current numbers this year and Kobe’s from his final season. James’ averages are 26.3 points, 10.7 assists and 7.3 rebounds on 50 percent shooting while Bryant’s were 17.6 points, 2.8 assists, 3.7 rebounds on 36 percent shooting.
This season alone, James is currently averaging 26.1 points, 10.7 assists and 7.3 rebounds per game. The King also made unreal NBA history when he recorded 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists this season against the Oklahoma City Thunder. This game made LeBron the first player in league history to log a triple-double against all 30 NBA teams, according to ESPN.
“I had no idea,” James said per ESPN. “Coach [Frank] Vogel came in here and said congratulations. I was like, I thought he was joking about my seven turnovers because I’ve been taking care of the ball so much. He said first player in NBA history to have a triple-double versus 30 teams, every team, so I was like, ‘OK. That’s pretty cool.’”
In a game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Nov. 27, James tallied 29 points, 11 assists and five rebounds and helped lead the Lakers to victory, 114-110. James’ points didn’t only help his team earn the victory, but it also meant he surpassed 33,000 career points. This made him the fourth player in NBA history to hit that mark. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant have also accomplished this feat.