LeBron James is one of the best passers and defenders in the league. He is also a pretty good rebounder, and he is ultimately one of the best all around players we have ever seen. Believe it or not, his scoring is probably the most underrated part of his game.
He always finishes within the top 3 or 4 in the league in scoring–right around the 27 points per game mark. He has become a more efficient player since he arrived in Miami–taking a lot less jump shots and driving a lot more. He has revamped his shot, and LeBron is nearly impossible to stop. On Friday night, LeBron James scored an astounding 39 points on 18 shots. Rudy Gay took 37 shots in a game against Houston, and it was not pretty. So what would happen if LeBron took 37 shots? Tom Haberstroh writes that LeBron feels confident about what the results would be:
James’ hyper-efficient shooting performance comes on the heels of Rudy Gay shooting 37 field goal attempts in an overtime loss to the on Monday. Gay totaled just 29 points in more than twice as many attempts. …forward
After Friday’s game, James was asked about his reaction when he sees other players shooting 30 — or as much as 37 — attempts in a game.
“I had [almost] 40 now with 18 shots, I mean … If you give me 37 shots in a game, I’d put up 60. Easy,” James said.
James’ strength is his passing ability, and he keeps the ball moving. It allows his teammates to get good shots, and stay in rhythm. I doubt we will ever see James take 37 shots, but it’s nice to think about.