The NBA season is still in its infancy, but Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is having one of his best all-around seasons.
Through five games, the Cavaliers sit at 5-0, making them the NBA’s only undefeated team. As usual, James is the catalyst for their offense, and the 12-time All-Star is coasting with averages of 22.4 points, ten assists, and nine rebounds.
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No player has sustained those kinds of numbers for an entire season since Oscar Robertson did it back in 1961-62, but James has always been looked at as someone who could, even if he didn’t think so.
I never thought it would be possible again after (Robertson) did it, but if you see the game today, you see guys like (Westbrook) and what he’s doing every night and I’ve come close a few times this season.
I don’t know if it’s just more possessions or guys are just in the right place at the right time, but it’s not something that I’ve typed down. But I’ve always told you guys I want to be a triple threat for my team every night.
LeBron opened up the season with a 19-point, 11-rebound, 14-assist game against the New York Knicks, and came three rebounds shy of a second one against the Boston Celtics on Thursday night; versus the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, James finished just two assists short.
Heading into this year, Russell Westbrook appeared as a likely candidate to hit that milestone given the circumstances, and he’s been routinely stuffing the stat sheet. The Brodie is already at two this year, with collective averages of 34.2 points, ten assists, and 9.8 boards.
James Harden has also emerged as a contender, and his new point guard role with the Rockets gives him complete freedom. He has yet to record a triple-double, but the Beard is leading the league in assists per game with 12.4 and is hauling in seven rebounds per game while dropping more than 31 points a contest.
All three of these guys are capable of maintaining those numbers over the course of the season because they’re skilled enough, and because of how much they control their team.
Harden, James, and Westbrook are undoubtedly the primary ball handlers for their squads, and that puts them in the position to post gaudy numbers.
Of course, the end goal is to win a championship. If hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy comes at the cost of not averaging a triple-double, so be it.
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