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2007-08 NBA Scoring Leaders: LeBron James Won His Only Scoring Title

2007-08 NBA Scoring Leaders: LeBron James Won His Only Scoring Title

Prime Kobe Bryant and LeBron James were something worth watching. The only true crime of history was that we didn’t get to watch the two longer, or even play in the NBA Finals against each other. Instead, the end of the 2007-2008 season saw two of the most iconic franchises in the NBA Finals as the Celtics were able to defeat the Lakers.

While the NBA Finals didn’t have the Kobe vs. LeBron spark we all wished we could see, the regular-season scoring title was good enough. Both players duked it out all year and provided the top two scoring outputs of the season. Only one was able to come out on top.

These were the top-10 scorers from the 2007-2008 season.

10. Chris Bosh - 22.3 PPG

Chris Bosh

Before the season began, the Raptors thought they were going to have a big three in Bosh, 2006 No. 1 overall pick Andrea Bargnani, and three-point specialist Jason Kapono. Instead, Bosh got off to a slow start and missed 15 games to start the season.

Bosh played better midseason and was eventually named to the All-Star Game. His efforts continued into the second half of the season as he made the top-10 in the scoring race. The team did make the playoffs but were beaten in the first round after a 41-41 record.

9. Richard Jefferson - 22.6 PPG

Richard Jefferson

The first seven games of the season saw some of the best basketball Jefferson ever played. Jefferson averaged 26.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.3 steals. He also shot 49.1% from the field and 97.1% from the free-throw line. His hot start continued all season as he finished ninth in the scoring race.

Jefferson had an individual highlight during the season. On December 4, he passed Kerry Kittles to be the Nets’ second all-time leading scorer. Among other highlights, Jefferson scored the sixth-most points in the NBA this season.

8. Michael Redd - 22.7 PPG

Credit: Getty

Credit: Getty

Redd’s appearance on this list is somewhat surprising, but he also missed 11 games during the season. Redd tied Rudy Gay for the 18th most total points in the season. However, he scored about 22.7 points per game in the games he played. Redd also averaged 4.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and shot 44.2% from the field.

The Bucks had a tough season, finishing 26-56 overall. The team was given the No. 8 overall pick, who they used on Joe Alexander. Redd’s finish on the list was one of the lone bright spots during this stretch.

7. Dirk Nowitzki - 23.6 PPG

Dirk Nowitzki

Despite the Mavericks acquiring veteran NBA All-Star Jason Kidd, the Mavericks finished seventh in a tight Western Conference race. Nowitzki averaged 23.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, and a career-high 3.5 assists. Among other highlights included Nowitzki recorded his first career triple-double with 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists. One month later, he passed Rolando Blackman as the all-time leading scorer in franchise history.

The Mavericks made the playoffs but had a disappointing ending. The team drew a young Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets. Paul led the Hornets to a first-round victory over the Mavericks. The loss led to head coach Avery Johnson being fired.

6. Kevin Martin - 23.7 PPG

Kevin Martin

At one point, Martin led the league in scoring. Martin averaged 29.6 points per game the first 15 games of the season, but eventually, that began to fizzle. Martin missed 17 games due to injury, which forced him to regain his rhythm. Because of the injury, he missed out on the top-20 in total points for the season.

With that said, he was still good enough to nearly make a top-5 scoring finish. His season-high was 48 points in a loss to the Timberwolves. Either way, it was one of the better finishes by a Kings player in recent years.

5. Amar’e Stoudemire - 25.2 PPG

Amar'e Stoudemire

The Phoenix Suns’ center led the team in scoring and rebounds (9.1 per game). He made the All-Star team and finished the season on the All-NBA Second Team. Stoudemire had to adjust with playing with Shaquille O’Neal as both were centers, but he found a way to coexist with the Hall of Famer. At the end of the year, he finished fourth in the league in total points.

Despite the moves for Shaq and Stoudemire’s strong season, the team fell apart in the playoffs. The Suns lost to the Spurs in five games, which included blowing a big lead in Game 1. That led to head coach Mike D’Antoni leaving the team for the New York Knicks. He would miss tying his career-high in points by 0.8 points.

4. Carmelo Anthony - 25.7 PPG

Carmelo Anthony

Anthony started in his first All-Star Game this season and was the leading vote-getter among Western Conference forwards. He was second in total votes only to Kobe Bryant. Anthony’s scoring was on display all year. His career-high for the year for 49 points. He also set career highs in rebounds (7.4) and steals (1.3).

With Anthony’s All-Star season, the Nuggets won 50 games and finished with their third-best record since joining the league in 1976. The Western Conference was heavily competitive this season. The 50-win season was only good enough for the No. 8 seed. It was the first time in NBA history that all playoff teams in one conference had at least 50 wins in a season.

3. Allen Iverson - 26.4 PPG

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Iverson was the third-best scorer all around this season. In his first full season with the Nuggets, Iverson scored the third-most total points, took the third-most shots, and had the third-best scoring average. Iverson was sixth in total field goals made, losing to teammate Carmelo Anthony, who was third in the league.

The combination of Iverson and Anthony was a lethal combination that helped the Nuggets have a breakthrough season. However, the dream season was cut short in the first round of the playoffs when the Lakers swept the Nuggets in four games. Among other highlights from the season featured Iverson returning to Philadelphia, where he received a standing ovation to a sellout crowd.

2. Kobe Bryant - 28.3 PPG

Kobe Bryant

Bryant was unable to complete the three-peat in the scoring race. After winning the title in 2006 and 2007, Bryant came up short in 2008, losing to LeBron James. During the season, Bryant became the youngest player to reach 20,000 career points at 29 years and 122 days. The record has since been broken by James. Bryant’s season-high for the season was 53 points.

What makes the season even more impressive was that Bryant suffered a complete tear of the radial collateral ligament, an avulsion fracture, and a volar plate injury at the MCP joint in his shooting hand’s finger. Bryant persevere through the injury and with the help of Pau Gasol, who was acquired at the trade deadline, led the Lakers to the NBA Finals before losing to the Celtics. For those efforts, he was named the league’s MVP.

1. LeBron James - 30.0 PPG

LeBron James 2008

James enjoyed a very successful season. He won the All-Star Game MVP for the second time in his career. One month later, he passed Brad Daugherty as the Cavaliers' all-time leading scorer. It took James 100 fewer games than Daugherty to accomplish this as well. At the end of the regular season, James scored the second-most total points and led the league in made field goals.

The 2007-2008 season is the last time that James averaged at least 30 points per game. The Cavaliers finished the season 45-37 and with the No. 4 seed. The Cavaliers defeated the Wizards in the first round but were eliminated in seven games to the Celtics in the semifinals. 


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