- LeBron James is playing at an incredible level at 38 years old
- He is averaging over 30 points and has helped the Los Angeles Lakers stay afloat in the absence of Anthony Davis
- James is expected to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in NBA's all-time scoring list
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is having a phenomenal season in the NBA. It is more impressive considering he is 38 years old and is playing in his 20th season in the league.
Although his performances have helped the Lakers float near the play-in spot, it is remarkable that the four-time NBA champion is playing at this level.
James turned 38 on 30th December 2022 and has shown no signs of slowing down. He has lost his explosiveness, but he has demonstrated he can score at will.
The Lakers are 9-7 in the 16 games that he has played since Anthony Davis went down with a stress injury, and James has been dominant after turning 38.
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As Davis nears a return to the lineup this week, he will help share the scoring load for the Lakers who have lacked a consistent scoring threat apart from James.
James staggering stats after 38
After his 37 points against the Portland Trail Blazers, James has played exactly 10 games since turning 38.
In those 10 games, he has three 40-point games, four 30-point games and three 20-point games. All that takes his stats after turning 38 to 35.1 points per game, 9.6 rebounds per game, and 7.9 assists per game while shooting 53.0% from the field, per Fadeaway World.
This is quite astonishing for James, who many thought had his best season with the Miami Heat, where he played from 2010-2014. He averaged 26.9, 7.6 rebounds and 6.7 assists while shooting 54 per cent in that span, per SI.
James is expected to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in NBA's all-time scoring list in February 2023.
Jalen Smith trolls James age
Sports Brief earlier reported on James being reminded how old he is by young Houston Rockets forward Jalen Smith.
The Rockets youngster revealed to James that, as a rookie, the Lakers star played against his father in an NBA game.
Smith's father, Jabari Smith Sr., played against James in the Lakers star's first NBA game on October 30, 2003, when he was a member of the Sacramento Kings.