Comparing LeBron James to All Time Greats at 35
To compare and contrast, it is worth looking at the later career form of the select few other players in the GOAT conversation. To see how LeBron James stacks up now, at age 35.
Michael Jordan at 35 averaged nearly 30 points per game on almost 50% shooting. Then hit the game-winning shot to secure his and the Chicago Bulls’ 6th NBA title.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recovered from the infamous ‘Memorial Day Massacre’ at the Boston Garden in the 1985 NBA Finals to win series MVP honors as the Lakers won in 6 games. Abdul-Jabbar recorded 25.7 points, 9 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game in the Finals. He was 38 years old.
The late, great Kobe Bryant, after lighting up the NBA straight from high school as James did, became the oldest player in NBA history to score 60 points, or more, at age 37. In his last ever game. Talk about the last dance to remember! This was at the end of a career that saw Bryant win 5 NBA titles.
LeBron James may have a little worn-out tread on the tires. But after 8 consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, notching 3 wins and 3 Finals MVP awards for good measure, the all-time leader in career playoff points stands comparison with the very best company.