LeBron James has been truly spectacular this season. While the Los Angeles Lakers have been very poor this season, very little of that blame can be placed on LeBron James’ shoulders. James has been playing at an extremely high level and is putting up scoring numbers we haven’t seen in the last few years.
James is currently leading the NBA in scoring, averaging 30 points per game. Right behind him are Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid, who are averaging 29.8 points per game, followed by Luka Doncic, who is averaging 28.1 points per game, and Trae Young who is averaging 28.9 points per game.
But a closer look at their numbers shows just how spectacular James has been when it comes to scoring, a cut above the other names mentioned.
LeBron James is averaging only 5.9 free-throw attempts per game. In comparison, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid are averaging 11.8 and 11.6 free throws per game respectively, and Luka Doncic and Trae Young are averaging 7.3 and 7.2 free throws per game respectively.
Free Throw Attempts per Game:
LeBron - 5.9
Embiid - 11.8
Giannis - 11.6
Luka - 7.3
Trae - 7.2
Given how little James is going to the free-throw line during a game, it is truly astonishing that he is ahead of everyone else on the list, and leads the league in scoring. James has shown this season that his name should be in consideration for one of the greatest scorers in NBA history. But given his passing exploits, James’ name isn’t mentioned in that list very often.
James recently surpassed Karl Malone to take second place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. James now sits behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the list and will be looking to usurp him and take the top spot before his career ends. James’ scoring numbers are truly historic and should put him in the conversation for the greatest scorers in the history of the league.