How fitting. LeBron was already the only player in NBA history to average at least 27/7/7 per game for his career, and then last week he became the only player to accumulate at least 27000 points/7000 rebounds/7000 assists.
LeBron is actually the only player in NBA history to total at least 27000 points and 7000 assists, which I believe is the real accomplishment here because:
27000 POINT, 7000 REBOUND CLUB:
27000 POINT, 7000 ASSIST CLUB:
To think that Kobe Bryant played 20 years and still couldn’t total 7,000 assists… right? So what James does on a nightly basis – with regards to consistently combining high scoring with nice assist totals – is indeed unprecedented. Magic and Kidd couldn’t score like that. Kobe and Michael couldn’t pass like that. LeBron is truly the best of both worlds.
Wondering why Michael Jordan isn’t on the list? Basically, he didn’t play long enough. Kobe is the only guard in the 27000 point 7000 rebound club because he played 20 years – and he barely passed 7,000 rebounds (7,047) in his final season. That’s nothing against Kobe, it just naturally takes guards longer to accumulate caroms due to their traditional distance from the rim, so MJ never really had a chance if he was only going to play 13-15 seasons.
One final thought: Kobe, as a guard that played for twenty seasons, really should be in the 27000 point, 7000 assist club too, but he isn’t. That’s why he’s the Black Mamba (i.e. a black hole), and it’s also another reason why he will likely always be considered inferior to LeBron James.