G.O.A.T. Debate

Ari and Isaac’s Super Sporty Spotlight


Ari Shemesh and Isaac Shrader

The 21st century era of sports has brought about phenomenal athletes who have changed the way their sports are viewed, and achieved things never thought to be possible. Two athletes that fly high above the rest are LeBron James and Tom Brady. Both juggernauts of their sport, they each have been dominating their respective fields since the beginning of the millennium. But the question remains: who is the GOAT of this generation of athletes? In this article, I will be examining LeBron James’ career and providing stats to help you decide who your GOAT is. 

Even before he was drafted, the hype surrounding him was unlike any player preceding him, even being classed as, “The Chosen One,” on the cover of Sports Illustrated. After being drafted in 2003, James made an immediate impact on the Cleveland Cavaliers. He averaged 20.9 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, 5.9 assists per game, and 1.6 steals per game, which was good enough for him to be named the Rookie of the Year. After playing with the Cavaliers for seven years, he decided to join the Miami Heat, where he would team up with Dwyana Wade and Chris Bosh. Many NBA fans consider these four seasons to be LeBron’s prime seasons, and it very well may be. During his time in Miami, James averaged 26.9 points per game, 7.6 rebounds per game, and 6.7 assists per game. Even now, in his twentieth season, LeBron is still dominating the league, averaging an absurd 29.5 points per game, 8.4 rebounds per game, 6.9 assists per game, and 1 steal per game. 

LeBron James is one of the most accomplished players in all of sports as well. He has won four NBA championships, on three different teams, and won Finals MVP each time. He won the league MVP award in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 1013. He has been named an NBA All-Star nineteen times consecutively. Additionally, he has made the All-NBA first team thirteen times and the All-Defensive first team five times. He has won one NBA scoring title and has been the assist leader one time as well. LeBron James is the only player in NBA history to record at least 30,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, and 10,000 assists over the course of his career. He has also recently surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most points during his career, a record many thought would never be broken. As impressive as these records and stats sound, James also is in the top ten list for almost every record in the NBA. 

 From the beginning of his career until now, James has inspired young basketball players around the world. Because of the records that he has achieved throughout his career, LeBron James is indisputably the GOAT of this generation of basketball players, and possibly of all time.