No. 23 or No. 6 — How do LeBron James’s numbers compare?
The No. 6 era is over. Quite possibly for good.
So it’s only fitting that we look back at how LeBron James’s stats compare with each jersey number. James spent his first seven seasons in Cleveland, from the ages of 19 to 25, before playing in Miami for the last four years. James will turn 30 this coming season.
When James first headed south, one of the initial expectations was that his chance of winning MVPs were all but gone, since his numbers would drop off considerably, given the talents of his Heat teammates, compared with the role players that filled those Cleveland rosters.
Of course, that didn’t wind up happening and in fact his usage rate in Miami (31.1 percent) is almost identical to those Cleveland years (31.9 percent). His defensive rating is also incredibly similar. In Cleveland, his teams allowed 102 points per 100 possessions, only slightly higher than in Miami (101). His regular season rebounding, passing, steals and blocks averages are close as well, as you can see in the table above.Read more...