LeBron presently ranks sixth all-time in triple-doubles with 97. He is presently second only to Jason Kidd (107), Magic Johnson (138), Russell Westbrook (151) and Oscar Robertson (181).
LeBron scored 26 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out 9 assists as part of his 16-point, 10-rebound performance last night against the New York Knicks. It was his first triple-double this season and third overall. The last time he had three straight games with at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists was during the 2007-08 season when he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He is now one game away from becoming just the fourth player in NBA history to record 3,000 career points, 500 career rebounds and 200 career assists. The other three players are John Stockton, Karl Malone and Michael Jordan.
If you take away the 1972 Olympic Gold Medal Game, where he did not play due to an injury, then LeBron would already have 99 triple-doubles to his name. That's one more than Wilt Chamberlain, who is fifth on the all-time list.
Chamberlain averaged about 30 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists over the course of a season, so it's not hard to see why people consider him the best player in basketball history.
LeBron James now ranks second among active players with 99 career triple-doubles, and he just needs one more to become only the sixth player in history with at least 100 in a career...
With 7,786 career assists as a striker, he is the all-time leader. LeBron James has never missed a playoff game; he has never missed more than 15% of a season (regular season and playoffs combined); and he is one of just three NBA players to post a triple-double in their playoff debut. He is also one of only two players to do so in their first game (the other being Oscar Robertson).
James is also one of only four players to record at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, and 100 assists during their career (the others are Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant, and Chris Paul). He is the only player in NBA history to average at least 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists per game for an entire season (2005-06).
LeBron James is currently with the Los Angeles Lakers, who he joined in 2010. He is considered one of the greatest basketball players in history.
LeBron does not excel at individual statistics, but he is a fantastic all-around player. He now ranks seventh all-time in scoring and is anticipated to end in the top five if he plays as long as expected. He also ranks twelfth all-time in assists, leading all forwards in that statistic.
In addition to his accomplishments on the court, LeBron has become one of the best players in NBA history without ever winning an MVP award. He has never been selected as the league's top player either, which shows how much respect he gets from other professionals in the industry.
LeBron James is considered by many to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time. His career achievements so far include four NBA championships, three regular season MVP awards, and one Olympic gold medal. He is only 27 years old and has already accomplished so much; it's unlikely we'll see anything close to his current level of play for some time.
In the playoffs, James has more game-winning buzzer-beaters than any other player in history (including more than Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant combined). LeBron also has the greatest lifetime scoring average (34.9 points per game) in Game 7 and elimination games. James has a 39-11 record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. That's the best record in NBA history in games that were tied or led by one point at the end of regulation.
As for his overall career record, it's 810-292, which is good for a winning percentage of.623. To put that in perspective, Bill Russell had a.717 career win percentage but only won 66 percent of his games because he played most of his seasons during an era when very few players did. James is already over the 500-win mark and could reach 600 before this season is over.
One thing that makes James' case for being the best ever unique is that he's done it as a forward - no center has ever won this award. Also, nobody else has ever led their team to the Finals every year they've been in the league. The Miami Heat have, with three straight trips to the Finals (2009-2011), and last year's loss to Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls is their first playoff exit since 2001.
Another difference between James and the other greats is that he never won a championship while playing for another team.