LeBron James is arguably the greatest NBA player of his era. Ever since he was in High School, he programmed himself to be the greatest. He is also the only contender to possibly dethrone the legend Michael Jordan as the G.O.A.T.
While he decided which team to join in the next season, here's a look at the 5 near-unbreakable NBA records that James holds.
#1 Triple-Double Average in NBA Finals - LeBron James is the first and only player to average Triple Double in NBA Finals. He averaged an insane 33.6-12-10 during the 2016-17 NBA Finals. Add this to almost 1.4 steals and 1 block per match, and calling him dominant would be a massive understatement.
Yes, the team lost 4-1 to the Golden State Warriors but there's no way we can fault LeBron for that, given his superhuman averages through the five-game 2017 Finals series.
2. 4 NBA Finals with 2 different teams - LeBron James the only player in the history of the NBA to reach 4 NBA Finals with two different teams i.e. Miami Heat (4 times, 2010-11 to '13-'14) and Cleveland Cavaliers (5 times, 2006-07 & 2014-15 to 2017-18). Out of the 9 appearances, LeBron won the NBA Championship thrice (twice with Miami and once with the Cavaliers). Oh, if he joins an Eastern team this season (FYI, he has joined the Lakers), he could probably be in line to achieve something unprecedented.
In his new stint with the Lakers, can he make another such run? There are only countable number of players who have made it to 4 straight Finals once but LeBron has done it twice with two different companies and there is still the small possibility of doing it a third time.
#3 Youngest to 1,000, 2,000 and all the way up to 31,000 points - LeBron James is the definition of consistency. He was drafted straight out of High-School, had the built of a seasoned pro and always had his sights on dethroning Michael Jordan. LeBron James is 33 now and if he keeps up his average of over 2,000 points per season for the next 3-4 years, he might just end up being the NBA all-time scorer quicker than anyone could have thought of.
#4 Only player in NBA history to average more than 25 points per game for 14 straight seasons - Where do we even start with this particular record. He has been in the NBA for 15 seasons and barring his rookie season he has managed 25+ point average per game throughout his career. Hell, even Wilt Chamberlain could only manage 25+ points per game average for 8 straight seasons (and 9 overall), although he did average one 50+ season but that was a different era with less number of teams. LeBron James is a physical behemoth with an extremely high basketball I.Q.
#5 Only player in all-time top 10 in points, rebounds, assists and steals in Career playoffs: When you have a player who in addition to constantly racking up triple-doubles also leads the team in steals, you are bound to end up in 8 consecutive NBA Finals. If he is in your team, and you have qualified for the playoffs, you better start preparing for the Finals too. He will get you there while leading the team all 4 relevant areas and then some.
While I have little hope for Lakers ending up in NBA Finals unless Kawhi Leonard or another star player shows up. I do believe that LeBron is committed to building a Championship team, why else would he sign a 4-year contract without a free-agent option. LeBron is no longer looking at immediate results, he has his sights on retiring as a Laker.