Reason No. 1: His longevity and consistency
Usually, players hit their primes when they are in their mid-20s, and that level of play lasts for four or five years if they are lucky. James’ entire career has been his prime. He has elevated his game to new heights every single year it seems. What makes this even more impressive is the fact that for most of his career, he has been available.
For his career, James has played in 282 playoff games, the most in NBA history. He has played in at least 70 regular season games 13 times, including a stretch of at least 75 regular season games from 2003-2011. He has been involved in 282 playoff games, the most in NBA history. Of those 282 playoff games, he has played in every single one.
As for his stats, James set an NBA record for most consecutive seasons of averaging at least 25 PPG with 19, as he has not averaged below 25 since his rookie season. James also became the oldest player ever to lead the NBA in assists in 2020, his 17th year in the league. James also became the oldest player in NBA history to score 40 points in a playoff game this past Monday against the Denver Nuggets.
For James to perform at such a high level while being available for so long is astounding. Despite his injury troubles the past couple seasons, he is still producing at the same MVP level. His level of play has arguably gotten better with age, and we will probably never get to say that about another player again.