LeBron James played nearly a full season (81 games) of Conference Finals and NBA Finals games from 2012-2018, averaging 29.9/9.6/7.1/1.7/1. No player in NBA history has matched this line in a single season.
Easily MVP caliber numbers and all of these numbers are above his career regular season per game average while playing against the NBA's best (of course while playing more minutes).
No player has matched this line.
In Westbrook's 1st triple double season he had enough points, but not enough steals or blocks. His other triple double seasons he missed out on points and blocks.
Roberson might have, but there are no steal or block counts
Edit: Because I'm tired of the hur dur leastern conference comments, his numbers in the NBA finals during this are 30.5/10.7/8.0/1.9/1.0 (39 games). His numbers in the Eastern Conference finals bring those down.
Edit 2: also, I wasn't intentionally leaving out 2011, just 2012-2018 made for almost exactly a full season. Including 2011, its 28.9/9.3/7.1/1.7/1, which has also never been done in a single season
[–]Clippers duplicatesnowflake 82 points 17 hours ago
He played way more than 81 games though. Feels like this is kind of cherry picked to exclude the 2011 series and some earlier ones. Although it does come close to 82 so still legit.
[–]NBA RareSir 26 points 15 hours ago
I assume he was just trying to keep it under 82 games played so that he could make the season comparison
[–]Suns clearsurname 151 points 16 hours ago*
I think the fact is more to talk about how cool it is that Lebron has played almost a full season in conference finals/finals in only 7 years
[–]Suns clearsurname 4113 points 18 hours ago2
JR denied him that 82nd game
[–]onthemap45 7 points 11 hours ago
Jr Smith just tryna help bron by giving him load management #4DChess
[–]Raptors mantistobogganmMD 1865 points 17 hours ago
Warriors legend JR Smith
[–]Lakers VforVilliam 525 points 17 hours ago
His jersey will be hanging in their rafters.
[–]Testwhatever23444 460 points 16 hours ago
4 all stars 2 MVPs in their prime and it turns out JR Smith was the clutchest Warrior in the Finals
[–]Trail Blazers bmx505 307 points 14 hours ago
They gave Iggy a FMVP for being the 'Lebron stopper', I think JR deserves the same honor.
[–]Cavaliers ProjectBadass 47 points 11 hours ago
Or George Hill could’ve hit the free throw...
[–]Lakers JimmyB3574 38 points 9 hours ago
Eh. Missed free throws happen. Forgetting the score in the closing seconds of a finals game doesn't.
One is excusable. The other isn't
[–]76ers Johns-Roast-Pork 870 points 19 hours ago
Lebron is super good at basketball.
[–][UTA] John Stockton Thehealeroftri 228 points 18 hours ago
[–]Kings agunZagun 16 points 11 hours ago
He is like... Michael Jordan of the basketball.
[–]Lakers V0ldemortt 54 points 17 hours ago
Playoff Lebron is not from this world. PLEASE STOP those stupid comparisons.
[–][TOR] Pascal Siakam whodthefookisthatguy 1361 points 19 hours ago
Inb4 the inevitable Lebron has played more conference finals game than Porzingis has played total games.
[–]Knicks Melkor_The_Morgoth[S] 1025 points 19 hours ago
Conference finals games no, playoff games yes. 239 vs 186.
[–][BOS] Jaylen Brown WarcraftFarscape 24 points 10 hours ago
Lebron has played more playoff games than the Cleveland cavaliers franchise.
[–][ATL] Paul Millsap Jfklikeskfc 479 points 18 hours ago
Bron is nuts
[–]Bucks jedi_timelord 205 points 16 hours ago
I mean it's been like 16 years lol but still wild
[–]Cavaliers Agnonzach 143 points 14 hours ago
15 a year is still bonkers. Probably only guys close are Pippen/Jordan and the lifer/near-lifer Spurs
[–][MIA] Anfernee Hardaway ChaseH9499 125 points 13 hours ago
Jordan probably isn’t as close as the Spurs lifers, unless my memory fails me he got bounced in the first round 5 or 6 times
[–]Knicks ItinerantSoldier 85 points 12 hours ago
And Jordan isn't even close honestly. Jordan has 179 playoff games. The Spurs guys are all 218 or more. Scottie though has 208.
[–][GSW] Klay Thompson ILikeAllThings 7 points 10 hours ago
I think Derek Fisher has the most, guy was in every year
[–]Hornets DudflutAgain 6 points 8 hours ago
You're right, he's got 259 playoff games (the all-time record) and made the playoffs 16 out of his 18 seasons. Ridiculous. But LeBron will probably pass that in a season or two.
[–]Spurs aged_monkey 49 points 10 hours ago
I hope the Spurs big-3 doesn't vanish into the history books 20 years from now. One of the most dominant trios to step on the floor, by far the most dominant longevity wise.
[–][CLE] Zydrunas Ilgauskas EngineEngine 21 points 10 hours ago
A model of consistency, much like the Pats. Maybe not the flashiest, but people will be discussing them and drawing comparisons for sure.
[–]Nets ajkVQ 267 points 15 hours ago
Did you expect somebody's regular season numbers to be higher than Lebron's playoff numbers?
[–]PM_me_da_bootay 6 points 10 hours ago
I mean most guys don’t elevate their numbers in the playoffs. Especially in the conference finals and finals. I would say the only two are Michael and lebron.
[–]Xboxfan117 171 points 14 hours ago
NOBODY has matched it. This comparison is dumb though, has LeBron even matched Playoff LeBron?
[–]Hornets corruk 40 points 11 hours ago
I mean the headline claim is intentionally misleading, as the sole purpose for including the "1" bpg is to exclude Oscar Robertson (blocks werent recorded when he played) and Russell Westbrook who otherwise would have not only matched Lebron but surpassed him in everything but steals.
[–]king-treday 10 points 10 hours ago
Also LeBron plays 40+ mins in the postseason.
[–]Cavaliers largefrogs 12 points 9 hours ago
Lol scrub, real goats play less minutes and retire in the middle of their primes
[–]Bucks iFinesseThePlug 570 points 18 hours ago
Because I'm sure people are curious, Jordan played 80 such games in his career and averaged 32.2/6.2/5.8/2.0/0.8
The only person to match this line is a single season is Michael Jordan
[–]james_hellwig 71 points 15 hours ago
Also makes sense that no regular season player would match goat tier players when they're giving 100% and playing 5-10 more mpg than their average each game.
[–]Knicks Melkor_The_Morgoth[S] 335 points 18 hours ago
The only person to match this line is a single season is Michael Jordan
That is not true, James Harden did as well just last year. If you add a maximum turnover cutoff (2.9) then Jordan's line is unique.
[–]Cavaliers kmillz1 66 points 15 hours ago
why did we leave out 2011 op? I'm a LeBron fan but seems odd
[–]PovertyPorcupine 41 points 13 hours ago
You know why lol
[–]Mavericks swpickle 12 points 11 hours ago
Jj Barea goat defender!
[–]sinisix 75 points 11 hours ago
Because OP was trying to get the stat as close to an entire season as possible?
[–]Cavaliers Dadoaesop 8 points 11 hours ago
When you include it he's still unmatched
[–]Bulls cobrakaistrikefree 189 points 18 hours ago
2012-2018 also happens to exclude a couple of brons worst series like the 2011 and 2007 finals (though it also excludes possibly his best series, 2009 ecf)
[–]Bucks iFinesseThePlug 268 points 17 hours ago
Yeah if you take out the 96 Finals against the Supersonics, Jordan's averages actually go up to 47/15/12 with 8 blocks and 6 steals.
[–]Wade Reden 22 points 1 day ago
8 blocks lmao.
[–]Spurs siphillis 72 points 16 hours ago
LeBron's seems more impressive, honestly. I'll trade two points for four rebounds and two assists, and I'm willing to bet LeBron scored his 30 points more efficiently.
[–]76ers Miamime 15 points 10 hours ago
You would expect more boards from a SF than a SG though.
[–][MIN] Fred Hoiberg JonJaysBooty 26 points 10 hours ago
By that logic wouldn't you expect more steals and more assists from the SG?
[–]Spurs siphillis 30 points 10 hours ago
Positions ultimately don’t matter when we’re evaluating value. If we’re factoring in pound-for-pound, then Iverson enters the GOAT conversation.
[–]Warriors Heisenberg408 306 points 18 hours ago*
Rings being the only qualifier for GOAT status is just advertising at work...I really think LeBron is the best player to ever play the game. We just have such a specific image of what the GOAT should be because of how amazing Jordan was.
It's really hard to differentiate but LeBron's impact on this game, off the court, making every franchise he has ever played for pretty much a contender over night, is just unreal. So glad I got to watch this man play basketball. Fucking GOAT
[–]91jumpstreet 19 points 17 hours ago
You call rings overrated but then cite Lebrons off the work stuff as evidence of his greatness
I'm tired of you Lebron stans lol. Not even entertaining anymore. You guys dont even make sense anymore
[–]PlsCallMeGOAT 20 points 17 hours ago
Team's goal every season is to win championships. There's no need for advertising that. I get it though, it's hard to imagine someone actually being better than LeBron, but Jordan was.
[–]Wizards GVIrish 106 points 17 hours ago*
For me the reason Jordan is the GOAT is because he was a beast on defense and offense. 9 all-nba defensive first teams and a DPOY. There are only five guys with more all-nba defense first team selections.
Jordan was the dominant scoring power in the league for his entire career (except for the Wizards...). Every full season he played with the Bulls other than his rookie year, he led the league in scoring, including a string of 7 straight seasons. Only other player that had 7 consecutive seasons as leading scorer was Wilt.
Lebron deserves to be in the GOAT conversation and he's a better rebounder and passer than Jordan was. But Jordan was this overpowered superhuman playing basketball when he was in his prime.
[–]Cavaliers xqe2045 34 points 16 hours ago
With a better team around him and lesser opponents. No team has ever been as good as GSW
[–][NYK] Walt Frazier driftmark4 35 points 17 hours ago
MJ isn't the GOAT only because we have a "specific image" of the GOAT. He's the GOAT because no one has been better than him throughout history. Basically, he's significantly better individually than the only guy who has had more team success than he has in Bill Russell and he has had more team success than anyone who is even comparable individually and no one really is.
[–]Raptors Bananasauru5rex 25 points 15 hours ago
The cool thing about MJ and Lebron is that they're both perfect basketball players, but neither is as good as the other one in what they each excel at. They can both be such ideal players, but so absolutely different.
[–][BOS] Sebastian Telfair JayLarranagasEyes 206 points 18 hours ago
Rings are not the only factor but they are certainly a factor
[–]Random Stranger79 138 points 15 hours ago
Which is why Robert Horry is only the 5th best player in NBA history
[–]Make UhmSay 59 points 14 hours ago
And why everyone says Russell is better than Jordan
[–]Celtics Bandwagon Yacobbbb 125 points 14 hours ago
Seriously? I get you’re being satirical, but I think everyone would agree that Russell Westbrook is better than Jordan Clarkson.
[–][MIN] Wally Szczer biakwtgm 58 points 13 hours ago
What are you talking about? Jordan Clarkson is miles ahead of Russell Westbrook alphabetically