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LeBron Raymone James Sr. (/ləˈbrɒn/; born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
of the National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
(NBA). Widely regarded as one of the greatest NBA
NBA
players of all time, he has won three NBA championships, four NBA Most Valuable Player
NBA Most Valuable Player
Awards, three NBA
NBA
Finals MVP Awards, three NBA All-Star Game MVP Awards, two Olympic gold medals, an NBA
NBA
scoring title, and the NBA Rookie of the Year
NBA Rookie of the Year
Award. James is a 14-time NBA
NBA
All-Star, 11-time All- NBA
NBA
first teamer, and five-time All-Defensive first teamer. He is also the Cavaliers' all-time scoring leader, the NBA All-Star Game career scoring leader, and the NBA
NBA
career playoff scoring leader. James played high school basketball at St. Vincent–St. Mary High School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, where he was highly promoted in the national media as a future NBA
NBA
superstar. After graduating, he was selected by his home team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, as the first overall pick of the 2003 NBA
NBA
draft. James led Cleveland to the franchise's first Finals appearance in 2007, ultimately losing to the San Antonio Spurs. In 2010, he left the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat, a controversial move featured in an ESPN
ESPN
special titled The Decision. James spent four seasons with the Heat, reaching the Finals all four years and winning back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013. In 2013, he led Miami on a 27-game winning streak, the third longest in league history. Following his final season with the Heat in 2014, James opted out of his contract and returned to the Cavaliers. From 2015 to 2017, he led the Cavaliers to three consecutive Finals, winning his third championship in 2016 to end Cleveland's 52-year professional sports title drought. Off the court, James has accumulated considerable wealth and fame from numerous endorsement contracts. His public life has been the subject of much scrutiny, and he has been ranked as one of America's most influential and popular athletes. He has been featured in books, documentaries, commercials, television shows, and movies.

Contents

1 Early life 2 High school career

2.1 Basketball 2.2 Football

3 Professional career

3.1 Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
(2003–2010)

3.1.1 Rookie season (2003–2004) 3.1.2 Rise to superstardom (2004–2008) 3.1.3 First MVP tenure (2008–2010)

3.2 2010 free agency 3.3 Miami Heat
Miami Heat
(2010–2014)

3.3.1 Year of controversy (2010–2011) 3.3.2 Back-to-back championships (2011–2013) 3.3.3 Fourth consecutive Finals (2013–2014)

3.4 Return to the Cavaliers (2014–present)

3.4.1 2014 free agency 3.4.2 Ending the 52-year Cleveland sports curse
Cleveland sports curse
(2014–2016) 3.4.3 Post-championship (2016–present)

4 National team career 5 Player profile

5.1 Offense 5.2 Defense

6 Off the court

6.1 Personal life 6.2 Public image 6.3 Media figure and business interests 6.4 Activism

7 NBA
NBA
career statistics

7.1 Regular season 7.2 Playoffs

8 Awards and honors 9 See also 10 Notes 11 References 12 Further reading 13 External links

Early life James was born on December 30, 1984 in Akron, Ohio
Akron, Ohio
to a 16-year-old mother, Gloria Marie James, who raised him on her own.[1][2]:22 When James was growing up, life was often a struggle for the family, as they moved from apartment to apartment in the seedier neighborhoods of Akron while Gloria struggled to find steady work.[3] Realizing that her son would be better off in a more stable family environment, Gloria allowed him to move in with the family of Frank Walker, a local youth football coach, who introduced James to basketball when he was nine years old.[2]:23 As a youth, James played Amateur Athletic Union
Amateur Athletic Union
(AAU) basketball for the Northeast Ohio
Ohio
Shooting Stars.[3] The team enjoyed success on a local and national level, led by James and his friends Sian Cotton, Dru Joyce III, and Willie McGee.[2]:24 The players were inseparable and dubbed themselves the "Fab Four", promising each other that they would attend high school together.[2]:27 In a move that stirred local controversy, they chose to attend St. Vincent–St. Mary High School, a predominately white private Catholic school.[4][5] High school career Basketball As a freshman, James averaged 21 points and 6 rebounds per game for the St. Vincent-St. Mary varsity basketball team.[6] The Fighting Irish finished the year 27–0, winning the Division III state title.[6] As a sophomore, James averaged 25.2 points and 7.2 rebounds with 5.8 assists and 3.8 steals per game.[7] For some home games during the season, St. Vincent-St. Mary played at the University of Akron's 5,492-seat Rhodes Arena to satisfy ticket demand from alumni, fans, and college and NBA
NBA
scouts who wanted to see James play.[2]:51[8] The Fighting Irish finished the season 26–1 and repeated as state champions.[6] For his outstanding play, James was named Ohio Mr. Basketball
Ohio Mr. Basketball
and selected to the USA Today
USA Today
All-USA First Team, becoming the first sophomore to do either.[6] Prior to the start of James's junior year, he appeared in SLAM Magazine and was lauded as possibly "the best high school basketball player in America right now" by writer Ryan Jones.[9] During the season, he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, becoming the first high school basketball underclassman to do so.[2]:104 With averages of 29 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 3.3 steals per game, he was again named Ohio Mr. Basketball
Ohio Mr. Basketball
and selected to the USA Today All-USA First Team,[6] and became the first junior to be named boys' basketball Gatorade National Player of the Year.[2]:117 St. Vincent-St. Mary finished the year with a 23–4 record, ending their season with a loss in the Division II championship game.[2]:114 Following the loss, James unsuccessfully petitioned for a change to the NBA's draft eligibility rules, which required prospective players to have at least a high school diploma, in an attempt to enter the 2002 NBA
NBA
draft.[10] During this time, he used marijuana, which he said was to help cope with the stress that resulted from the constant media attention he was receiving.[11][12][13] Throughout his senior year, James and the Fighting Irish traveled around the country to play a number of nationally ranked teams, including a game against Oak Hill Academy that was nationally televised on ESPN2.[2]:142 Time Warner Cable, looking to capitalize on James's popularity, offered St. Vincent-St. Mary's games to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis throughout the season.[2]:143 For the year, James averaged 31.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 3.4 steals per game,[6] was named Ohio Mr. Basketball
Ohio Mr. Basketball
and selected to the USA Today
USA Today
All-USA First Team for an unprecedented third consecutive year,[2]:178[6] and was named Gatorade National Player of the Year for the second consecutive year.[6] He participated in three year-end high school basketball all-star games—the EA Sports Roundball Classic, the Jordan Capital Classic, and the McDonald's All-American Game—losing his National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) eligibility and making it official that he would enter the 2003 NBA
NBA
draft.[14] Many basketball analysts, scouts, and writers have remarked that James left high school as one of the best and most hyped prospects of all-time.[2]:142[15][16][17][18] Also during his senior year, James was the centerpiece of several controversies. For his 18th birthday, he skirted state amateur bylaws by accepting a Hummer H2
Hummer H2
from his mother, who had secured a loan for the vehicle by utilizing LeBron's future earning power as a professional athlete.[19] This prompted an investigation by the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) because its guidelines stated that no amateur may accept any gift valued over $100 as a reward for athletic performance. James was cleared of any wrongdoing because he had accepted the gift from a family member and not from an agent or any outside source.[14] Later in the season, James accepted two throwback jerseys worth $845 from an urban clothing store in exchange for posing for pictures, officially violating OHSAA
OHSAA
rules and resulting in him being stripped of his high school sports eligibility.[14] James appealed the ruling and his penalty was eventually dropped to a two-game suspension, allowing him to play the remainder of the year. The Irish were also forced to forfeit one of their wins, their only official loss that season.[20] In his first game back after the suspension, James scored a career-high 52 points.[21] Football James played wide receiver for St. Vincent-St. Mary's football team and was recruited by some Division I programs, including Notre Dame.[2]:51[22] As a sophomore, he was named first team all-state, and as a junior, he helped lead the Fighting Irish to the state semifinals.[7] After James broke his wrist during an AAU basketball game, he decided to stop playing football before his senior year.[23] Many sports analysts, football critics, high school coaches, and former and current players have speculated on whether he could have played in the National Football League.[2]:91[24][25][26][27] Professional career Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
(2003–2010) Rookie season (2003–2004)

James picks up his dribble against the Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
in November 2006.

James was selected by his home team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, as the first overall pick of the 2003 NBA
NBA
draft.[28] In his first regular season game, he scored 25 points against the Sacramento Kings, setting an NBA
NBA
record for most points scored by a prep-to-pro player in his debut performance.[29] At the conclusion of the season, he was named the NBA
NBA
Rookie of the Year, finishing with averages of 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game.[30] He became the first Cavalier to receive the honor and just the third player in NBA
NBA
history to average at least 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game as a rookie.[31] The Cavaliers finished the season 35–47, failing to make the playoffs despite an 18-game improvement over the previous year.[32] Rise to superstardom (2004–2008) James earned his first NBA All-Star Game selection in 2004–05, contributing 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists in a winning effort for the Eastern Conference.[33] Around the league, teams took note of his rapid development, with Denver Nuggets coach George Karl
George Karl
telling Sports Illustrated, "It's weird talking about a 20-year-old kid being a great player, but he is a great player ... He's the exception to almost every rule."[34] On March 20, James scored 56 points against the Toronto Raptors, setting Cleveland's new single-game points record.[35] With final averages of 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists, and 2.2 steals per game, he was named to his first All-NBA Team.[7] Despite a 30–20 record to start the year,[35] the Cavaliers again failed to make the playoffs, finishing the season 42–40.[36] At the 2006 All-Star Game, James led the East to victory with 29 points and was named the NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.[37] Behind final season averages of 31.4 points, 7 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game,[38] he also finished second in overall NBA
NBA
Most Valuable Player Award voting to Steve Nash.[39] Under James's leadership, the Cavaliers qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1998.[40] In his postseason debut, James recorded a triple-double in a winning effort versus the Washington Wizards.[41] In Game 3 of the series, he made the first game-winning shot of his career, making another in Game 5.[42] Cleveland would go on to defeat the Wizards before being ousted by the Detroit Pistons in the second round.[43][44]

James engages in his pre-game ritual of tossing crushed chalk into the air in March 2008. The routine was mostly retired after 2011.[45][46]

In 2006–07, James's averages declined to 27.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1.6 steals per game.[7] Some analysts attributed the fall to a regression in his passing skills and shot selection, stemming from a lack of effort and focus.[47] The Cavaliers finished the season with 50 wins for the second consecutive year and entered the playoffs as the East's second seed.[48][49] In Game 5 of the NBA Conference Finals, James notched 48 points with 9 rebounds and 7 assists, scoring 29 of Cleveland's last 30 points, including the game-winning layup with two seconds left, against the Pistons.[50] After the game, play-by-play announcer Marv Albert
Marv Albert
called the performance "one of the greatest moments in postseason history" and color commentator Steve Kerr
Steve Kerr
described it as "Jordan-esque".[51] In 2012, ESPN
ESPN
ranked the performance the fourth greatest in modern NBA playoff history.[52] The Cavaliers went on to win Game 6 and claim their first-ever Eastern Conference championship,[53] earning them a matchup with the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA
NBA
Finals.[54] During the championship round, James struggled, averaging 22 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game on just 35.6 percent shooting,[55] and Cleveland was eliminated in a sweep.[54] In February of the 2007–08 season, James was named All-Star Game MVP for the second time behind a 27-point, 8-rebound, and 9-assist performance.[56] On March 21, he moved past Brad Daugherty as the Cavaliers' all-time leading scorer in a game against the Raptors, doing so in over 100 less games than Daugherty.[57] His 30 points per game were also the highest in the league, representing his first scoring title.[58] Despite his individual accomplishments, Cleveland's record fell from the year before to 45–37.[59] Seeded fourth in the East entering the playoffs, the Cavaliers defeated the Wizards in the first round for the third consecutive season before being eliminated in seven games by the eventual-champion Boston Celtics in the next round.[60] During the decisive seventh game in Boston, James scored 45 points and Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce
scored 41 in a game the Associated Press described as a "shootout".[61] First MVP tenure (2008–2010)

James and DeShawn Stevenson
DeShawn Stevenson
in April 2008. The two had a short feud after Stevenson called James "overrated".[62]

At the conclusion of the 2008–09 season, James finished second in NBA
NBA
Defensive Player of the Year voting and made his first NBA All-Defensive Team, posting 23 chase-down blocks and a career-high 93 total blocks.[63][64] He also became only the fourth postmerger player to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks in a single season.[65] Behind his play and the acquisition of All-Star guard Mo Williams, Cleveland went a franchise record 66–16 and fell just one game short of matching the best home record in league history.[66] With final averages of 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game, James became the first Cavalier to win the MVP Award.[67] Reflecting on James's performance for ESPN, John Hollinger later wrote, "He's having what is arguably the greatest individual season in history, and it's time we gave him his due for it."[68] In the playoffs, Cleveland swept the Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks to earn a matchup with the Orlando Magic in the Conference Finals.[69] In Game 1 of the series, James scored 49 points on 66 percent shooting in a losing effort for the Cavaliers.[52] In Game 2, he hit a game-winner to tie the series at 1–1.[70] Cleveland would lose the series in six games, and following the loss in Game 6, James immediately left the floor without shaking hands with his opponents, which was an act that many media members viewed as unsportsmanlike.[71][72] For the series, he averaged 38.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 8 assists per game,[73] finishing the postseason with a career playoff-high 35.3 points per game.[38] In February of the 2009–10 season, James was forced into a temporary point guard role following a series of injuries to the Cavaliers' backcourt.[74] Behind his leadership, Cleveland lost no momentum, finishing the year with the best record in the league for the second consecutive season.[75] Due in part to his increased minutes as the Cavaliers' primary ball handler, James increased his statistical production, averaging 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1 block per game on 50 percent shooting en route to another MVP Award.[76] To open the playoffs, Cleveland advanced past the Bulls to earn a matchup with the Celtics in the second round.[77] James was heavily criticized for not playing well in Game 5 of the series, shooting only 20 percent on 14 shots and scoring 15 points.[78] The team suffered its worst loss in franchise history, and at the conclusion of the game, James walked off the court to a smattering of boos from Cleveland's home crowd.[79] The Cavaliers were officially eliminated from the postseason in Game 6, with James posting 27 points, 19 rebounds, 10 assists, and nine turnovers in the losing effort.[77] 2010 free agency Main article: The Decision (TV special)

James with the Cavaliers in November 2009. He finished his first stint with the Cavs averaging 27.8 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, and 1.7 steals per game.[80]

James became an unrestricted free agent at 12:01 am EDT on July 1, 2010.[81] During this time, he was contacted by several teams, including the Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, and Cavaliers.[82] On July 8, he announced on a live ESPN
ESPN
special titled The Decision that he would sign with the Heat.[83] The telecast was broadcast from the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Connecticut
Greenwich, Connecticut
and raised $2.5 million for the charity. An additional $3.5 million was raised from advertising revenue, which was donated to other charities.[84][85] The day before the special, fellow free agents Chris Bosh
Chris Bosh
and Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade
had also announced that they would sign with Miami;[86][87] reports later arose that the trio had discussed their upcoming 2010 free agencies among themselves back in 2006.[88] James decided to join with Bosh and Wade in part so that he could shoulder less of the offensive load; he thought that his improved teammates would give him a better chance of winning an NBA championship than had he stayed in Cleveland.[89] Heat president Pat Riley played a major role in selling James on the idea of playing with Bosh and Wade.[90] James would be relieved of the burden of scoring, and he thought he could be the first player since Oscar Robertson
Oscar Robertson
to average a triple-double in a season.[89] James drew intense criticism from sports analysts, executives, fans, and current and former players for leaving the Cavaliers. The Decision itself was also scrutinized and viewed as unnecessary. Many thought that the prolonged wait for James's choice was unprofessional as not even the teams courting him were aware of his decision until moments before the show.[91] Upon learning that James would not be returning to Cleveland, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert
Dan Gilbert
published an open letter to fans in which he aggressively denounced James's actions.[92] Some angry fans of the team recorded videos of themselves burning his jersey.[93] Former NBA
NBA
players, including Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
and Magic Johnson, were also critical of James, condemning him for joining with Bosh and Wade in Miami and not trying to win a championship as "the guy".[94][95][96] James drew further criticism in a September interview with CNN
CNN
when he claimed that race might have been a factor in the fallout from The Decision.[97][98] As a result of his actions during the 2010 free agency period, he quickly gained a reputation as one of America's most disliked athletes, a radical change from years prior.[99][100] The phrase "taking my talents to South Beach" became a punch line for critics.[101][102] Immediately following The Decision, James claimed that there was nothing he would change about the handling of his free agency despite all the criticism.[103] During the 2010–11 season, he expressed some regret, admitting, "[I] probably would do it a little bit different ... But I'm happy with my decision."[104] Before the 2011–12 season, he relented, "... if the shoe was on the other foot and I was a fan, and I was very passionate about one player, and he decided to leave, I would be upset too about the way he handled it."[100] Miami Heat
Miami Heat
(2010–2014) Year of controversy (2010–2011)

James attempts a slam dunk in March 2011 as a member of the Miami Heat.

James officially became a member of the Heat on July 10, 2010.[105] With the move, he became only the third reigning MVP to change teams and the first since Moses Malone
Moses Malone
in 1982.[106] That evening, the Heat threw a welcome party for their new "big three" at the American Airlines Arena, an event that took on a rock concert atmosphere.[107] During the gathering, James predicted a dynasty for the Heat and alluded to multiple championships.[108][109] Outside of Miami, the spectacle was not well-received, furthering the negative public perception of James.[110][111] Throughout the 2010–11 season, James and the Heat were treated as villains by the media and opposing fanbases.[112] To begin the year, they struggled to adjust to these new circumstances, going only 9–8 after 17 games.[113] James later admitted that the constant negativity surrounding the team made him play with an angrier demeanor than in years past.[112] On December 2, James faced the Cavaliers in Cleveland for the first time since departing as a free agent.[114] He scored 38 points and led Miami to a win while being booed every time he touched the ball.[115] The Heat eventually turned their season around and finished as the East's second seed,[116] with James averaging 26.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 7 assists per game on 51 percent shooting.[38] In the conference semifinals, James found himself matched up with the Celtics for the second consecutive year.[117] In Game 5, he scored Miami's last ten points to help seal a series-clinching win.[118] After the final buzzer, he famously knelt on the court in an emotional moment, later telling reporters that it was an extremely personal victory for him and the team.[119] The Heat eventually advanced to the Finals, where they were defeated by the Dallas Mavericks in six games.[117] James received the brunt of the criticism for the loss, averaging only three points in fourth quarters in the series.[120] His Finals scoring average of 17.8 points per game signified an 8.9-point drop from the regular season, the largest point drop-off in league history.[121] Back-to-back championships (2011–2013) James was humbled by the Heat's loss to the Mavericks, and the experience inspired him to leave behind the villain role that he had been embracing, which helped him regain a sense of joy on the court.[112] He also decided that his post game needed improvement, so he worked with Hakeem Olajuwon
Hakeem Olajuwon
during the offseason.[113] By the start of the lockout-shortened 2011–12 season, James had significantly expanded his skillset,[122] which helped Miami begin the year with a franchise-best 18–6 record.[123] He was eventually named MVP for the third time, finishing with averages of 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists, and 1.9 steals per game on 53 percent shooting.[124]

James stands at midcourt during a dead ball in January 2013. On that night, he became the youngest player in NBA
NBA
history to score 20,000 career points.[125]

In the second round of the playoffs, Miami temporarily lost Chris Bosh to an abdominal injury and found themselves trailing the Indiana Pacers 3–2.[126] James responded with a 40-point, 18-rebound, and 9-assist outing in Game 4 to help even the series.[127] Miami eventually defeated the Pacers in six games.[128] Facing elimination in Game 6 of the Conference Finals against the Celtics, James scored 45 points to lead the Heat to victory in what The New York Times called a "career-defining performance".[129] Miami won Game 7 to advance to the Finals, earning them a matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder and James's budding rival, Kevin Durant.[130] Late in Game 4 of the series, James hit a three-pointer to give the Heat a lead, helping them win the game despite missing time with leg cramps.[131] In Game 5, he registered a triple-double as Miami defeated Oklahoma City for their second-ever championship and James's first championship.[132] James was unanimously voted the Bill Russell
Bill Russell
NBA Finals Most Valuable Player with averages of 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 7.4 assists per game.[133] His full postseason run, in which he averaged 30.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game, was ranked the second best in modern NBA
NBA
history by ESPN.[134] In February of the 2012–13 season, James averaged 29.7 points and 7.8 assists per game while setting multiple shooting efficiency records.[135][136] That same month, the Heat also began a 27-game winning streak, the third longest in NBA
NBA
history.[137] James's performance was described as a "month for the ages" by Sports Illustrated.[138] Behind his play, Miami finished the year with a franchise and league best 66–16 record,[139] and James was named MVP for the fourth time, falling just one vote shy of becoming the first player in NBA
NBA
history to win the award unanimously.[140] His final season averages were 26.8 points, 8 rebounds, 7.3 assists, and 1.7 steals per game on 56.5 percent shooting.[38] In Game 1 of the Conference Finals, James scored a buzzer-beating layup to give Miami a one-point victory against the Pacers.[141] Throughout the series, his supporting cast struggled significantly, and his added scoring load prompted him to compare his responsibilities to those of his "Cleveland days".[142] Despite these struggles, the Heat advanced to the Finals for a meeting with the Spurs,[143] signifying a rematch for James from his first Finals six years earlier.[144] At the beginning of the series, he was criticized for his lack of aggressiveness and poor shot selection as Miami fell behind 2–3.[73][143][145] In Game 6, he recorded his second triple-double of the series, including 16 fourth quarter points, to lead the Heat to a comeback victory.[146] In Game 7, he tied the Finals record for most points scored in a Game 7 victory, leading Miami over San Antonio with 37 points.[147] He was named Finals MVP for the second straight season, averaging 25.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2.3 steals per game for the championship round.[148] Fourth consecutive Finals (2013–2014) On March 3 of the 2013–14 season, James scored a career-high and franchise-record 61 points in a game against the Charlotte Bobcats.[149] Throughout the year, he was one of the few staples for a Heat roster that used 20 different starting lineups due to injuries,[150] finishing with averages of 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game on 56.7 percent shooting.[38] In the second round of the playoffs, he tied a career postseason-high by scoring 49 points in Game 4 against the Brooklyn Nets.[151] In the next round, Miami defeated the Pacers to earn their fourth consecutive Finals berth, becoming one of only four teams in NBA
NBA
history to do so.[152] In Game 1 of the Finals, James missed most of the fourth quarter because of leg cramps, helping the Spurs take an early series lead.[153] In Game 2, he led the Heat to a series-tying victory with 35 points on a 64 percent shooting rate.[154] San Antonio eventually eliminated the Heat in five games, ending Miami's quest for a three-peat.[155] For the Finals, James averaged 28.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game.[156] Return to the Cavaliers (2014–present) 2014 free agency

James throws a pass against the Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
in December 2014. Later that season, he reached several passing milestones, including becoming the Cavaliers' all-time assists leader.[157][158]

On June 25, 2014, James opted out of his contract with the Heat and officially became an unrestricted free agent on July 1.[159] On July 11, he revealed via a first-person essay in Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
that he intended to return to the Cavaliers.[160] In contrast to The Decision, his announcement to return to Cleveland was well received.[161][162][163] On July 12, he officially signed with the team,[164] who had compiled a league-worst 97–215 record in the four seasons following his departure.[165] A month after James's signing, the Cavaliers acquired Kevin Love
Kevin Love
from the Minnesota Timberwolves, forming a new star trio along with Kyrie Irving.[166] Ending the 52-year Cleveland sports curse
Cleveland sports curse
(2014–2016) In January of the 2014–15 season, James missed two weeks due to left knee and lower back strains, the longest stretch of missed games in his career.[167] In total, he played a career-low 69 games and his final averages were 25.3 points, 6 rebounds, and 7.4 assists per game.[38] In the second round of the playoffs, he hit a baseline jumper at the buzzer to give Cleveland a 2–2 series tie with the Bulls.[168] In the Conference Finals, the Cavaliers defeated the Hawks to advance to the Finals, making James the first player since the 1960s to play in five consecutive Finals.[169] For most of the Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Irving and Love were sidelined due to injury, giving James more offensive responsibilities.[169] Behind his leadership, the Cavaliers opened the series with a 2–1 lead before being eliminated in six games.[170] Despite the loss, he received serious consideration for the Finals MVP Award,[171] averaging 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 8.8 assists per game for the championship round.[170] During the 2015–16 season, James was criticized for his role in several off-court controversies, including the midseason firing of Cavaliers' head coach David Blatt.[172][173] Despite these distractions, Cleveland finished the year with 57 wins and the best record in the East.[174] James's final averages were 25.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game on 52 percent shooting.[38] In the playoffs, the Cavaliers advanced comfortably to the Finals, losing only two games en route to a rematch with the Warriors,[174] who were coming off a record-setting 73 win season.[175] To begin the series, Cleveland fell behind 3–1, including two blowout losses.[176] James responded by registering back-to-back 41 point games in Games 5 and 6, leading the Cavaliers to two consecutive wins to stave off elimination.[177] In Game 7, he posted a triple-double and made a number of key plays, including a memorable chase-down block on Andre Iguodala in the final two minutes,[178][179][180] as Cleveland emerged victorious, winning the city's first professional sports title in 52 years and becoming the first team in NBA
NBA
history to come back from a 3–1 series deficit in the Finals.[181] James became just the third player to record a triple-double in an NBA Finals
NBA Finals
Game 7,[182] and behind series averages of 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.9 assists, 2.3 blocks, and 2.6 steals per game,[176] he also became the first player in league history to lead both teams in all five statistical categories for a playoff round, culminating in a unanimous Finals MVP selection.[183] Post-championship (2016–present) The 2016–17 season was marred by injuries and unexpected losses for the Cavaliers;[184] James later described it as one of the "strangest" years of his career.[185] Following a January defeat to the New Orleans Pelicans, he publicly criticized Cleveland's front office for constructing a team that he felt was too "top heavy", for which he received criticism.[186] The Cavaliers finished the season as the East's second seed, with James averaging 26.4 points and career highs in rebounds (8.6), assists (8.7), and turnovers (4.1) per game.[38] In Game 3 of the first round of the postseason, he registered 41 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists against the Pacers, leading Cleveland to a comeback victory after trailing by 25 points at halftime, representing the largest halftime deficit overcome in NBA
NBA
playoff history.[187] In Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics, James scored 35 points and surpassed Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
as the league's all-time postseason scoring leader.[188] The Cavaliers won the game and the series, advancing to their third consecutive Finals against the Warriors.[189] Behind averages of 33.6 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists per game, James became the first player to average a triple-double in the Finals, but Cleveland was defeated in five games.[190] After starting the 2017–18 season with a 3–5 record, James led the Cavaliers to a 130–122 win over the Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
on November 3 to end a four-game losing skid. He scored 57 points in the game to set the second-highest point total of his career, making 23 of 34 field-goal tries and all nine free throws, adding 11 rebounds and seven assists. James reached at least 10 points for the 800th game in a row, joining Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
(866) as the only other NBA
NBA
player with a streak that long. James also became the youngest player to reach 29,000 career points in the NBA.[191] On November 28, 2017, James was ejected for the first time in his career during the third quarter of the Cavaliers' 108–97 win over the Miami Heat. James was in the midst of his 1,082nd career regular season game, and 1,299th overall.[192] On December 16, 2017, he had his 60th career triple-double in a 109–100 win over the Utah Jazz. James had his fifth triple-double of the season and passed Larry Bird
Larry Bird
for sixth on the career list.[193] On January 23, 2018, in a 114–102 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, James became the seventh player in NBA
NBA
history to reach 30,000 career points. At 33 years and 24 days, James became the youngest player to score 30,000— Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
was 34 years and 104 days when he got there.[194] On February 27, 2018, he scored 31 points and finished a month averaging a triple-double for the first time in his career, as the Cavaliers defeated the Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets
129–123. James also had 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his 12th triple-double of the season and 67th of his career. He reached 8,000 assists during the game to become the first player in NBA
NBA
history to reach 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists.[195] On March 30, 2018, in a 107–102 win over the Pelicans, James scored in double digits in his 867th straight game, breaking Michael Jordan's long-standing record.[196] National team career

James attempts a shot over China's Yao Ming
Yao Ming
at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

James made his debut for the United States
United States
national team at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.[197] He spent the Games mostly on the bench,[198][199] averaging 14.6 minutes per game with 5.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in eight games.[197] Team USA finished the competition with a bronze medal, becoming the first U.S. basketball team to return home without a gold medal since adding active NBA players to their line-up.[197][200] James felt his limited playing time was a "lowlight" and believed he was not given "a fair opportunity to play".[201] His attitude during the Olympics was described as "disrespectful" and "distasteful" by columnists Adrian Wojnarowski and Peter Vecsey, respectively.[202][203] At the 2006 FIBA World Championship
FIBA World Championship
in Japan, James took on a greater role for Team USA, averaging 13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game as co-captain.[204][205] The team finished the tournament with an 8–1 record, winning another bronze medal.[204] James's behavior was again questioned, this time by teammate Bruce Bowen, who confronted James during tryouts regarding his treatment of staff members.[202][206] Before naming James to the 2008 Olympic team, Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo
Jerry Colangelo
and coach Mike Krzyzewski
Mike Krzyzewski
gave James an ultimatum to improve his attitude, and he heeded their advice.[202][207] At the FIBA Americas Championship
FIBA Americas Championship
2007, he averaged 18.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game, including a 31-point performance against Argentina in the championship game, the most ever by an American in an Olympic qualifier.[208][209] Team USA went 10–0, winning the gold medal and qualifying for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.[197] James credited the team's attitude and experience for their improvement, saying: "I don't think we understood what it meant to put on a USA uniform and all the people that we were representing in 2004. We definitely know that now."[199] At the Olympics, Team USA went unbeaten, winning their first gold medal since 2000.[210] In the final game, James turned in 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists against Spain.[211] James did not play at the 2010 FIBA World Championship
FIBA World Championship
but rejoined Team USA for the 2012 Olympics in London, England.[212] He became the leader of the team with Kobe Bryant, who would soon be 34, stepping back.[213][214][215] James facilitated the offense from the post and perimeter, called the defensive sets, and provided scoring when needed.[216][217][218][219] During a game against Australia, he recorded the first triple-double in U.S. Olympic basketball history with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists.[a][219] Team USA went on to win their second straight gold medal, again defeating Spain in the final game.[221] James contributed 19 points in the win, becoming the all-time leading scorer in U.S. men's basketball history.[197][221] He also joined Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
as the only players to win an NBA
NBA
MVP award, NBA
NBA
championship, NBA Finals
NBA Finals
MVP, and Olympic gold medal in the same year.[222] Afterwards, Krzyzewski said James "is the best player, he is the best leader and he is as smart as anybody playing the game right now."[223] Player profile

"It’s not just that [LeBron James] is really good in his 15th year. He's the best player."

—Greg Anthony, NBA TV
NBA TV
and TNT analyst[224]

Standing 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m) and weighing 250 pounds (113.4 kg), James has started at small forward and power forward, but he can also play the other three positions.[225] His athletic and versatile playing style has drawn comparisons to Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan.[122][226][227][30][228] James's career averages are 27.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 1.6 steals per game.[38] Many basketball analysts, coaches, fans, and current and former players consider James to be one of the greatest players of all-time,[229][230][231][232] often ranking him as the best small forward and in the top five overall.[b] Since 2011, he has been ranked the best player in the NBA
NBA
by ESPN
ESPN
and Sports Illustrated.[c][d] He has earned All- NBA
NBA
honors every season since his sophomore year, All-Defensive honors every season from 2009 to 2014, and was named Rookie of the Year in his debut season.[38] With four MVP awards, he is part of a select group of players who have won the award four times, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, and Bill Russell; James and Russell are the only two players who have won four MVP awards in a five-year span.[247] While James has never won the Defensive Player of the Year Award, he has finished second in the voting twice and lists it as one of his main goals.[64][248] James has appeared in the Finals eight times and won three championships. Some analysts have criticized him for not having a better Finals record, while others have defended him, arguing that James usually performed well but was defeated by superior competition.[249][250][251] Offense

James drives to the basket in March 2008. A deft finisher, he led the NBA
NBA
in scoring and shooting percentage at the rim in 2013.[252]

Upon entering the NBA
NBA
as a 19-year-old rookie, James made an immediate offensive impact and led the Cavaliers in scoring.[253][254] He holds numerous "youngest to" distinctions, including being the youngest player to score 28,000 career points.[e] During his first stint in Cleveland, he was primarily used as an on-ball point forward. His shooting tendencies were perimeter-oriented,[122] and he established himself as one of the best slashers and finishers in basketball; he led the NBA
NBA
in three-point plays in 2006.[259] His combination of speed, quickness, and size often created matchup problems for opposing teams as he was capable of blowing by larger defenders and overpowering smaller ones.[260] These qualities became more apparent in transition, where he developed a reputation for grabbing defensive rebounds and then beating the defense downcourt for highlight-quality baskets.[261] Around this time, James was frequently criticized for not having developed a reliable jump shot or post game.[262] Teams would try to exploit these weaknesses by giving him space in the half court and forcing him to settle for three-pointers and long two-pointers, a strategy famously utilized by Spurs coach Greg Popovich in the 2007 Finals, where James converted on only 36 percent of his field goals in four games.[263] In Miami, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra
Erik Spoelstra
changed James's role to a more unconventional one.[122] James began spending more time in the post and shooting fewer three-pointers, attempting a career-low 149 in 2012.[38][122] He improved his shot selection and accuracy on jump shots, finishing second in the league in catch-and-shoot field goal percentage in 2013.[264] He also learned how to work as an off-ball cutter in the Heat's "pass-happy" offense.[265] Behind these improvements, James's overall scoring efficiency rose to historically-great levels,[266] peaking in 2014 when he registered a 64.9 true shooting percentage.[38] During this period, ESPN's Tom Haberstroh called James's free-throw shooting his biggest weakness, describing it as "average".[267] Upon returning to the Cavaliers, James began to experience subtle age-related declines in productivity,[268] posting his lowest scoring averages since his rookie season in 2015 and 2016.[38][269] His shooting also temporarily regressed, and he briefly ranked as the worst high-volume outside shooter from outside the paint in the NBA.[270] Despite these changes, he has remained an elite offensive player who is capable of beating defenses with body control, strength, and varying attacking speeds.[260] James's playmaking ability is generally considered to be one of his premier skills, with some analysts ranking him among the greatest passers in NBA
NBA
history.[271] He is the only frontcourt player in league history to register over 7,000 career assists.[272] Using his size, vision, and the attention he garners from opposing defenses to his advantage,[273] James is able to create easy points for his teammates with accurate assists, manufacturing a league leading 2.6 three-pointers per game by way of his passing alone in 2013.[274] He will often execute passes that would normally be considered unconventional, including passes after leaving his feet and passes through defensive traffic.[275] His uncanny tendency to find the open man played a significant role in the evolution of modern NBA
NBA
defenses, forcing teams to incorporate some elements of zone into their schemes to better cover the weak side of the court and prevent James from passing to open shooters.[260] Early in James's career, he was criticized by the media for his play in pressure situations; specifically, for passing instead of shooting in the waning seconds of close games.[276][277] In a 2011 interview, teammate Chris Bosh
Chris Bosh
stated that he would rather have Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade
take a last-second shot than James.[278] Later in James's career, his clutch play was viewed more favorably; for example, in 2015, FiveThirtyEight
FiveThirtyEight
wrote that he might be "the most clutch playoff shooter of his generation".[279] Defense At the beginning of James's NBA
NBA
career, he was considered to be a poor defensive player,[280] but he improved steadily through the years. Near the end of his first tenure in Cleveland, he became proficient at the chase-down block, which involved coming in from behind the opposition in transition to block their shot.[63] In Miami, he developed into a more versatile defensive player, and the Heat relied on him to guard all five positions.[281] James was paired with teammates Shane Battier
Shane Battier
and Dwyane Wade, and Miami used him in an ultra-aggressive defensive scheme,[282] with James cheating off the ball to help out inside or get into rebounding position.[283] Beginning in 2014, some analysts noted a regression in his defensive impact, stemming from a lack of effort and expected age-related declines.[284][285] James himself admitted to taking plays off at times, referring to this approach as "chill mode".[286] Writing for ESPN
ESPN
in 2016, Nate Duncan observed that while James tended to take off more plays than in his younger days, he was able to raise his level in that year's Finals and temporarily recapture his Miami form.[287] Off the court Personal life James proposed to Savannah Brinson, his high school sweetheart, at a December 31, 2011 party celebrating New Year's Eve and his 27th birthday.[288] She accepted, and the two were married on September 14, 2013 in San Diego, California.[289] Together, they have three children: LeBron James
LeBron James
Jr. (b. 2004),[290] Bryce Maximus James (b. 2007),[291] and Zhuri James (b. 2014).[292] During his stint with the Heat, James resided in Coconut Grove, where he bought a $9 million three-story mansion overlooking Biscayne Bay.[293] In November 2015, James bought a 9,350 square-foot East Coast–style mansion in Brentwood, Los Angeles
Brentwood, Los Angeles
for about $21 million.[294]

The WWI Destroy This Mad Brute poster and the April 2008 Vogue cover with James and Gisele Bündchen, which critics said referenced the earlier poster.[295][296]

Public image James is considered by many people–including his fellow players–to be the "face of the NBA".[297] His opinions have yielded significant influence on important league decisions; for example, in 2014 he asked commissioner Adam Silver
Adam Silver
to increase the duration of the All-Star break, and the request was granted the following season.[298] On February 13, 2015, James was elected the first Vice President of the National Basketball
Basketball
Players Association (NBPA).[299] Throughout his career, James has been ranked by Forbes
Forbes
as one of the world's most influential athletes,[300][301] and in 2017, he was listed by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.[302] During his first stint with the Cavaliers, he was adored by local fans, with Sherwin-Williams
Sherwin-Williams
displaying a giant Nike-produced banner of James on its world headquarters.[303] Despite their affection for James, Cleveland fans and critics were frequently annoyed when he attended Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians
baseball games versus the New York Yankees
New York Yankees
sporting a Yankees hat.[304] Following his actions during the 2010 free agency period and, more specifically, The Decision, he was listed as one of the world's most disliked athletes.[305] By 2013, his image had mostly recovered and he was reported by ESPN
ESPN
as the most popular player in the NBA
NBA
for the second time in his career.[306] In 2014, he was named the most popular male athlete in America by the Harris Poll.[307] He has led the league in jersey sales six times.[308] In March 2008, James became the first black man—and third man overall after Richard Gere
Richard Gere
and George Clooney—to appear on the cover of Vogue, posing with Gisele Bündchen.[309] Some sports bloggers and columnists considered the cover offensive, describing the demeanor of James and his holding Bündchen as a reference to classic imagery of the movie monster King Kong, a dark savage capturing his light-skinned love interest.[295][296] Media figure and business interests James is represented by agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports.[310] His first agent was Aaron Goodwin, whom he left in 2005 for Leon Rose. Rose joined Creative Artists Agency
Creative Artists Agency
(CAA) in 2007, and he worked with fellow CAA agent Henry Thomas, who represented Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade
and Chris Bosh, to bring James to Miami in 2010. James left CAA for Paul in 2012.[311] James, Paul, Maverick Carter, and Randy Mims—all childhood friends—formed agent and sports-marketing company LRMR after James left Goodwin. LRMR handles James's marketing, including the marketing of The Decision, for which it was criticized.[312][313] Throughout his career, James has taken a unique approach to his playing contracts, usually opting to sign shorter-term deals in order to maximize his earnings potential and flexibility;[314][105][315] for example, in 2006, he and the Cavaliers negotiated a three-year, $60 million contract extension instead of the four-year maximum as it allotted him the option of seeking a new contract worth more money as an unrestricted free agent following the 2010 season.[316] This move ultimately allowed James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh
Chris Bosh
to sign with the Heat together.[317] During his second stint in Cleveland, he began opting out and re-signing on new contracts after each season in order to take advantage of higher salaries resulting from the NBA's rising salary cap.[164][318][319][320] In 2016, he signed with the Cavaliers on a three-year deal,[321] becoming the highest-paid player in the league for the first time in his career.[322]

Nike installed a 10-stories-tall mural of James in downtown Cleveland.[323]

James has been the recipient of numerous endorsement contracts; some of the companies that he has done business with are Audemars Piguet,[324] Coca-Cola,[325] Dunkin' Brands,[326] McDonald's,[327] Nike,[325] State Farm,[328] Beats by Dre[329] and Samsung.[325] Coming out of high school, he was the target of a three-way bidding war among Nike, Reebok, and Adidas,[330] eventually signing with Nike for approximately $90 million.[331] His signature shoes have performed well for Nike.[332] In 2011, Fenway Sports Group became the sole global marketer of his rights, and as part of the deal, he was granted a minority stake in the English Premier League
Premier League
football club Liverpool FC,[333] who he has claimed his support for.[334] As a result of James's endorsement money and NBA
NBA
salary, he has been listed as one of the world's highest-paid athletes.[335] In 2013, he surpassed Kobe Bryant as the highest paid basketball player in the world, with earnings of $56.5 million.[336] In 2014, James realized a profit of more than $30 million as part of Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics; he had originally struck a deal to get a small stake in the company at its inception in exchange for promoting its headphones.[337] In 2015, he was ranked the sixth highest earning sportsperson,[338] and third highest in 2016 (after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi).[339] James has stated that we would like to own an NBA
NBA
team in the future, albeit in a hands-off capacity.[340] James and comedian Jimmy Kimmel
Jimmy Kimmel
co-hosted the 2007 ESPY Awards.[341] In other comedic pursuits, he hosted the 33rd-season premiere of Saturday Night Live.[342] He has also tried his hand at acting, appearing in a cameo role on the HBO
HBO
series Entourage.[343] In 2015, he played himself in the Judd Apatow
Judd Apatow
film Trainwreck,[344] receiving positive reviews for his performance.[345] That same year, James's digital video company, Uninterrupted, raised $15.8 million from Warner Bros. Entertainment and Turner Sports
Turner Sports
to help expand the company's efforts to bring athlete-created content to fans. It is hosted on Bleacher Report
Bleacher Report
and is used by several other athletes including New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski
Rob Gronkowski
and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.[346] Along with business partner Maverick Carter, James owns production company SpringHill Entertainment,[347] whose first work was the Lions Gate documentary More Than a Game, released in 2009 and chronicling James's high school years.[348] Series produced by SpringHill include the Disney XD
Disney XD
sports documentaries Becoming,[349] Starz sitcom Survivor's Remorse,[350] and animated web series The LeBrons.[351] In 2016, CNBC
CNBC
aired an unscripted series hosted by James called Cleveland Hustles, where four up-and-coming Northern Ohio
Ohio
entrepreneurs will be financed on the condition of revitalizing a neighborhood in Cleveland.[352] In the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, a 60-minute Vince Carter
Vince Carter
documentary entitled The Carter Effect was executive produced by James and Maverick Carter along with rapper Drake and Future the Prince.[353][354]In February 2018 it was announced that James' production company will produce a new film in the House Party series with James expected to make a cameo. [355] Activism

James and Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade
tape a public service announcement with United States First Lady Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama
in January 2014.

James is an active supporter of non-profit organizations, including After-School All-Stars, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Children's Defense Fund, and ONEXONE.[356][357][358] He also has his own charity foundation, the LeBron James
LeBron James
Family Foundation, which is based in Akron.[359] Since 2005, the foundation has held an annual bike-a-thon to raise money for various causes.[360] In 2015, James announced a partnership with the University of Akron
University of Akron
to provide scholarships for as many as 2,300 children beginning in 2021.[361] In 2016, he donated $2.5 million to the Smithsonian
Smithsonian
National Museum of African American History and Culture to support an exhibit on Muhammad Ali.[362] In 2017, he received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award
from the NBA for his "outstanding service and dedication to the community".[363] In November of that same year, the Akron School Board approved the "I Promise" Elementary School, a public school created in a partnership with the LeBron James
LeBron James
Family Foundation to help struggling elementary school students stay in school.[364] James later reflected that it was his most important professional accomplishment of his life.[365] Throughout his career, James has taken stances on controversial issues. On several occasions, he mentioned a feeling of obligation to effect change using his status.[366] Those include the War in Darfur,[367][368][369][370] the Trayvon Martin case,[371] the now-former NBA
NBA
owner Donald Sterling's racist comments in 2014,[366] the Michael Brown verdict,[372] and the death of Eric Garner.[373] Following a racist incident at his Los Angeles home in 2017, James stated, "being black in America is tough. We got a long way to go for us as a society and for us as African Americans until we feel equal in America."[374] Later on that same year, in the aftermath of the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, James questioned President Donald Trump's Make America Great Again
Make America Great Again
slogan by stating "It's sad what's going on in Charlottesville. Is this the direction our country is heading? Make America Great Again
Make America Great Again
huh? He said that" and "Our youth deserve better!!"[375] On the other end of the spectrum, on February 16, 2018, Fox News
Fox News
journalist Laura Ingraham told James to "Shut up and dribble" as a response to his political agendas.[376] In June 2008, James donated $20,000 to a committee to elect Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.[377] Later that year, James gathered almost 20,000 people at the Quicken Loans Arena
Quicken Loans Arena
for a viewing of Obama's 30-minute American Stories, American Solutions
American Stories, American Solutions
television advertisement.[378] The ad was shown on a large screen above the stage, where Jay-Z
Jay-Z
later held a free concert.[378] In November 2016, James publicly endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
in the 2016 Presidential election.[379]

NBA
NBA
career statistics

Legend

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game

 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw
Free throw
percentage

 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game

 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

† Denotes seasons in which James won an NBA
NBA
championship

* Led the league

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

2003–04 Cleveland 79 79 39.5 .417 .290 .754 5.5 5.9 1.6 .7 20.9

2004–05 Cleveland 80 80 42.4* .472 .351 .750 7.4 7.2 2.2 .7 27.2

2005–06 Cleveland 79 79 42.5 .480 .335 .738 7.0 6.6 1.6 .8 31.4

2006–07 Cleveland 78 78 40.9 .476 .319 .698 6.7 6.0 1.6 .7 27.3

2007–08 Cleveland 75 74 40.4 .484 .315 .712 7.9 7.2 1.8 1.1 30.0*

2008–09 Cleveland 81 81 37.7 .489 .344 .780 7.6 7.2 1.7 1.1 28.4

2009–10 Cleveland 76 76 39.0 .503 .333 .767 7.3 8.6 1.6 1.0 29.7

2010–11 Miami 79 79 38.8 .510 .330 .759 7.5 7.0 1.6 .6 26.7

2011–12† Miami 62 62 37.5 .531 .362 .771 7.9 6.2 1.9 .8 27.1

2012–13† Miami 76 76 37.9 .565 .406 .753 8.0 7.3 1.7 .9 26.8

2013–14 Miami 77 77 37.7 .567 .379 .750 6.9 6.4 1.6 .3 27.1

2014–15 Cleveland 69 69 36.1 .488 .354 .710 6.0 7.4 1.6 .7 25.3

2015–16† Cleveland 76 76 35.6 .520 .309 .731 7.4 6.8 1.4 .6 25.3

2016–17 Cleveland 74 74 37.8* .548 .363 .674 8.6 8.7 1.2 .6 26.4

Career 1,061 1,060 38.9 .501 .342 .740 7.3 7.0 1.6 .8 27.1

All-Star 14 14 29.6 .530 .357 .743 6.3 6.0 1.3 .1 24.5

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

2006 Cleveland 13 13 46.5 .476 .333 .737 8.1 5.8 1.4 .7 30.8

2007 Cleveland 20 20 44.7 .416 .280 .755 8.1 8.0 1.7 .5 25.1

2008 Cleveland 13 13 42.5 .411 .257 .731 7.8 7.6 1.8 1.3 28.2

2009 Cleveland 14 14 41.4 .510 .333 .749 9.1 7.3 1.6 .9 35.3

2010 Cleveland 11 11 41.8 .502 .400 .733 9.3 7.6 1.7 1.8 29.1

2011 Miami 21 21 43.9 .466 .353 .763 8.4 5.9 1.7 1.2 23.7

2012† Miami 23 23 42.7 .500 .259 .739 9.7 5.6 1.9 .7 30.3

2013† Miami 23 23 41.7 .491 .375 .777 8.4 6.6 1.8 .8 25.9

2014 Miami 20 20 38.2 .565 .407 .806 7.1 4.8 1.9 .6 27.4

2015 Cleveland 20 20 42.2 .417 .227 .731 11.3 8.5 1.7 1.1 30.1

2016† Cleveland 21 21 39.1 .525 .340 .661 9.5 7.6 2.3 1.3 26.3

2017 Cleveland 18 18 41.3 .565 .411 .698 9.1 7.8 1.9 1.3 32.8

Career 217 217 42.1 .485 .330 .742 8.9 6.9 1.8 1.0 28.4

Awards and honors Main article: List of career achievements by LeBron James

James (center) celebrates during the Heat's 2012 championship parade.

NBA[38]

Three-time NBA
NBA
Champion: 2012, 2013, 2016 Three-time NBA Finals
NBA Finals
MVP: 2012, 2013, 2016 Four-time NBA
NBA
Most Valuable Player: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 14-time NBA
NBA
All-Star: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Three-time NBA All-Star Game MVP: 2006, 2008, 2018 11-time All- NBA
NBA
First Team: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Two-time All- NBA
NBA
Second Team: 2005, 2007 Five-time NBA
NBA
All-Defensive First Team: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 NBA
NBA
All-Defensive Second Team: 2014 2004 NBA
NBA
Rookie of the Year 2004 NBA
NBA
All-Rookie First Team 2008 NBA
NBA
Scoring Champion 2017 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award

National team[380]

Two-time Olympic Gold Medal
Olympic Gold Medal
winner: 2008, 2012 2004 Olympic Bronze Medal winner 2006 FIBA World Championship
FIBA World Championship
Bronze Medal winner 2007 FIBA Americas Championship
FIBA Americas Championship
Gold Medal winner 2012 USA Basketball
Basketball
Male Athlete of the Year Commemorative banner in Miami's American Airlines Arena
American Airlines Arena
(for his 2012 gold medal won as a member of the Miami Heat)

High school[6]

2003 National Champion Three-time OHSAA
OHSAA
Champion: 2000, 2001, 2003 Two-time Gatorade National Player of the Year 2002, 2003 Two-time USA Today
USA Today
High School Player of the Year 2002, 2003 Three-time Ohio
Ohio
Mr. Basketball: 2001, 2002, 2003 Three-time USA Today
USA Today
All-USA First Team: 2001, 2002, 2003 Two-time PARADE High School Player of the Year: 2002, 2003 2003 Naismith Prep Player of the Year[381] 2003 McDonald's
McDonald's
National Player of the Year[382] 2003 McDonald's
McDonald's
High School All-American[383] 2003 McDonald's All-American Game 2003 2003 EA Sports
EA Sports
Roundball Classic
Roundball Classic
MVP[384] 2003 Jordan Capital Classic MVP[384] Number 23 retired by St. Vincent-St. Mary[385] St. Vincent-St. Mary Hall of Fame (class of 2011)[386] St. Vincent-St. Mary home basketball court named The LeBron James Arena[387]

Other

Three-time Cleveland Sports Awards Professional Athlete of the Year: 2009, 2016, 2017[388] Two-time AP Athlete of the Year (2013, 2016)[389] Two-time Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year (2012, 2016)[390] 2012 Sporting News Athlete of the Year[391] 2006 Sporting News NBA
NBA
MVP[392] 2004 Sporting News Rookie of the Year[393] Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
NBA
NBA
All-Decade First Team (2000s)[394] 17-time ESPY Award
ESPY Award
winner in various categories (13 individually, four as part of a team)[395] Two-time Hickok Belt
Hickok Belt
winner: 2012, 2013 2017 NAACP Image Awards – Jackie Robinson Award South Main Street in downtown Akron renamed King James Way[396] 10-story commemorative banner in downtown Cleveland[397][398] Six-story commemorative banner in downtown Akron[396] Honorary lockers at Ohio
Ohio
State's football and basketball facilities[399][400]

See also

Basketball
Basketball
portal National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
portal

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Notes

^ Assists were recorded as an official Olympic statistic starting in 1976.[220] ^ ESPN
ESPN
- 3rd (March 2016),[233] Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
- 5th (March 2016),[234] Fox Sports - 2nd (December 2016),[235] CBS Sports
CBS Sports
- 2nd (February 2017),[236] Slam - 2nd (February 2018).[237] ^ ESPN.[238][239][240][241][242] ^ Sports Illustrated.[243][244][245][246] ^ [7][30][255][256][257][258]

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Further reading

Freedman, Lew (2008). LeBron James: A Biography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-34361-2.  Morgan, David Lee (2003). LeBron James: The Rise of a Star. Cleveland: Gray & Co. ISBN 1-886228-74-4.  Pluto, Terry; Windhorst, Brian (2007). The Franchise: Lebron James and the Remaking of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland: Gray & Co. ISBN 1-59851-028-2. 

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Player of the Year Award

1983: Williams 1984: Brooks 1985: Ferry 1986: Reid 1987: Liberty 1988: Mourning 1989: Anderson 1990: Bailey 1991: Webber 1992: Kidd 1993: Wallace 1994: Lopez 1995: Garnett 1996: Bryant 1997: McGrady 1998: Harrington 1999: Harvey 2000: Wallace 2001: Wagner 2002: James 2003: James 2004: Howard 2005: Oden 2006: Oden 2007: Love 2008: Samuels 2009: Favors 2010: Barnes 2011: Rivers 2012: Noel 2013: Wiggins 2014: Okafor 2015: Simmons 2016: Ball 2017: Porter

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Gatorade High School Basketball
Basketball
Player of the Year Award

Boys

1986: J. R. Reid 1987: LaBradford Smith 1988: Alonzo Mourning 1989: Kenny Anderson 1990: Damon Bailey 1991: Chris Webber 1992: Corliss Williamson 1993: Randy Livingston 1994: Felipe Lopez 1995: Stephon Marbury 1996: Kobe Bryant 1997: Baron Davis 1998: Al Harrington 1999: LaVell Blanchard 2000: Jared Jeffries 2001: Kelvin Torbert 2002: LeBron James 2003: LeBron James 2004: Dwight Howard 2005: Greg Oden 2006: Greg Oden 2007: Kevin Love 2008: Jrue Holiday 2009: Brandon Knight 2010: Brandon Knight 2011: Bradley Beal 2012: Jabari Parker 2013: Andrew Wiggins 2014: Karl-Anthony Towns 2015: Ben Simmons 2016: Jayson Tatum 2017: Michael Porter 2018: R. J. Barrett

Girls

1986: Susan Anderson 1987: Kris Durham 1988: Vicki Hall 1989: Lisa Harrison 1990: Lisa Leslie 1991: Michelle Marciniak 1992: Katie Smith 1993: La'Keshia Frett 1994: Monick Foote 1995: Stephanie White 1996: Jamie Walz 1997: Nikki Teasley 1998: Tamika Williams 1999: Nicole Kaczmarski 2000: Shereka Wright 2001: Shyra Ely 2002: Ann Strother 2003: Candace Parker 2004: Candace Parker 2005: Abby Waner 2006: Tina Charles 2007: Maya Moore 2008: Nneka Ogwumike 2009: Skylar Diggins 2010: Chiney Ogwumike 2011: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis 2012: Breanna Stewart 2013: Mercedes Russell 2014: Brianna Turner 2015: Katie Lou Samuelson 2016: Erin Boley 2017: Megan Walker 2018: Christyn Williams

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Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year Award

Boys

2003: LeBron James 2004: Dwight Howard 2005: Greg Paulus 2006: Greg Oden 2007: Kevin Love 2008: Matt Barkley 2009: Garrett Gilbert 2010: Brandon Knight 2011: Dylan Bundy 2012: Johnathan Gray 2013: Andrew Wiggins 2014: Karl-Anthony Towns 2015: Kyler Murray 2016: Jayson Tatum 2017: MacKenzie Gore

Girls

2003: Allyson Felix 2004: Candace Parker 2005: Cynthia Barboza 2006: Tina Charles 2007: Maya Moore 2008: Chanelle Price 2009: Skylar Diggins 2010: Chiney Ogwumike 2011: Morgan Brian 2012: Breanna Stewart 2013: Morgan Andrews 2014: Brianna Turner 2015: Candace Hill 2016: Sydney McLaughlin 2017: Sydney McLaughlin

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McDonald's
McDonald's
Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year

1997: Battier 1998: Curry 1999: Williams 2000: Duhon 2001: Miles 2002: Francis 2003: James 2004: Howard 2005: McRoberts 2006: Oden 2007: Love 2008: Monroe 2009: Favors 2010: Barnes 2011: Rivers 2012: Muhammad 2013: Parker 2014: Okafor 2015: Simmons 2016: Ball 2017: Carter 2018: Barrett

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McDonald's All-American Game – Boys' MVPs

1979: Daye 1980: Cross 1981: Branch & Sherrod 1982: Winters 1983: Bennett 1984: Williams 1985: Lambiotte 1986: Reid 1987: Macon 1988: Mourning & Owens 1989: Hurley & O'Neal 1990: Bradley 1991: Webber & Brunson 1992: Harrington 1993: Vaughn & Stackhouse 1994: López 1995: Garnett 1996: Holloway 1997: Gregory 1998: R. Curry 1999: Bender 2000: Randolph 2001: E. Curry 2002: Redick 2003: James 2004: Howard & Smith 2005: McRoberts 2006: Budinger & Durant 2007: Beasley 2008: Evans 2009: Favors 2010: Barnes & Sullinger 2011: Gilchrist & McAdoo 2012: Muhammad 2013: Gordon 2014: Ju. Jackson & Okafor 2015: Diallo 2016: F. Jackson & Jo. Jackson 2017: Porter 2018: Little

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Jordan Brand Classic
Jordan Brand Classic
All-American Game – Boys' MVPs

2002: Stoudemire & May 2003: James & Brown 2004: Howard 2005: Hansbrough & Blatche 2006: Young & Durant 2007: Greene & Fisher 2008: Evans & Jennings 2009: Favors & Sidney 2010: Barnes & Irving 2011: Davis & McAdoo 2012: Purvis & Muhammad 2013: Randle & Parker 2014: Alexander & Okafor 2015: Diallo & Trier 2016: Fox & Monk 2017: Bowen & Walker

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2003 NBA
NBA
draft

First round

LeBron James Darko Miličić Carmelo Anthony Chris Bosh Dwyane Wade Chris Kaman Kirk Hinrich T. J. Ford Michael Sweetney Jarvis Hayes Mickaël Piétrus Nick Collison Marcus Banks Luke Ridnour Reece Gaines Troy Bell Žarko Čabarkapa David West Sasha Pavlović Dahntay Jones Boris Diaw Zoran Planinić Travis Outlaw Brian Cook Carlos Delfino Ndudi Ebi Kendrick Perkins Leandro Barbosa Josh Howard

Second round

Maciej Lampe Jason Kapono Luke Walton Jerome Beasley Sofoklis Schortsanitis Szymon Szewczyk Mario Austin Travis Hansen Steve Blake Slavko Vraneš Derrick Zimmerman Willie Green Zaza Pachulia Keith Bogans Malick Badiane Matt Bonner Sani Bečirovič Mo Williams James Lang James Jones Paccelis Morlende Kyle Korver Remon van de Hare Tommy Smith Nedžad Sinanović Rick Rickert Brandon Hunter Xue Yuyang Andreas Glyniadakis

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NBA
NBA
first overall draft picks

1947: McNeely 1948: Tonkovich 1949: Shannon 1950: Share 1951: Melchiorre 1952: Workman 1953: Felix 1954: Selvy 1955: Ricketts 1956: Green 1957: Hundley 1958: Baylor 1959: Boozer 1960: Robertson 1961: Bellamy 1962: McGill 1963: Heyman 1964: Barnes 1965: Hetzel 1966: Russell 1967: Walker 1968: Hayes 1969: Alcindor 1970: Lanier 1971: Carr 1972: L. Martin 1973: Collins 1974: Walton 1975: D. Thompson 1976: Lucas 1977: Benson 1978: M. Thompson 1979: E. Johnson 1980: Carroll 1981: Aguirre 1982: Worthy 1983: Sampson 1984: Olajuwon 1985: Ewing 1986: Daugherty 1987: D. Robinson 1988: Manning 1989: Ellison 1990: Coleman 1991: L. Johnson 1992: O'Neal 1993: Webber 1994: G. Robinson 1995: Smith 1996: Iverson 1997: Duncan 1998: Olowokandi 1999: Brand 2000: K. Martin 2001: Brown 2002: Yao 2003: James 2004: Howard 2005: Bogut 2006: Bargnani 2007: Oden 2008: Rose 2009: Griffin 2010: Wall 2011: Irving 2012: Davis 2013: Bennett 2014: Wiggins 2015: Towns 2016: Simmons 2017: Fultz

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NBA Rookie of the Year
NBA Rookie of the Year
Award

1953: Meineke 1954: Felix 1955: Pettit 1956: Stokes 1957: Heinsohn 1958: Sauldsberry 1959: Baylor 1960: Chamberlain 1961: Robertson 1962: Bellamy 1963: Dischinger 1964: Lucas 1965: Reed 1966: Barry 1967: Bing 1968: Monroe 1969: Unseld 1970: Alcindor 1971: Cowens & Petrie 1972: Wicks 1973: McAdoo 1974: DiGregorio 1975: Wilkes 1976: Adams 1977: Dantley 1978: Davis 1979: Ford 1980: Bird 1981: Griffith 1982: Williams 1983: Cummings 1984: Sampson 1985: Jordan 1986: Ewing 1987: Person 1988: Jackson 1989: Richmond 1990: Robinson 1991: Coleman 1992: Johnson 1993: O'Neal 1994: Webber 1995: Hill & Kidd 1996: Stoudamire 1997: Iverson 1998: Duncan 1999: Carter 2000: Brand & Francis 2001: Miller 2002: Gasol 2003: Stoudemire 2004: James 2005: Okafor 2006: Paul 2007: Roy 2008: Durant 2009: Rose 2010: Evans 2011: Griffin 2012: Irving 2013: Lillard 2014: Carter-Williams 2015: Wiggins 2016: Towns 2017: Brogdon

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NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award

1951: Macauley 1952: Arizin 1953: Mikan 1954: Cousy 1955: Sharman 1956: Pettit 1957: Cousy 1958: Pettit 1959: Baylor & Pettit 1960: Chamberlain 1961: Robertson 1962: Pettit 1963: Russell 1964: Robertson 1965: Lucas 1966: A. Smith 1967: Barry 1968: Greer 1969: Robertson 1970: Reed 1971: Wilkens 1972: West 1973: Cowens 1974: Lanier 1975: Frazier 1976: Bing 1977: Erving 1978: R. Smith 1979: Thompson 1980: Gervin 1981: Archibald 1982: Bird 1983: Erving 1984: Thomas 1985: Sampson 1986: Thomas 1987: Chambers 1988: Jordan 1989: Malone 1990: Johnson 1991: Barkley 1992: Johnson 1993: Stockton & Malone 1994: Pippen 1995: Richmond 1996: Jordan 1997: Rice 1998: Jordan 1999: No game played 2000: O'Neal & Duncan 2001: Iverson 2002: Bryant 2003: Garnett 2004: O'Neal 2005: Iverson 2006: James 2007: Bryant 2008: James 2009: Bryant & O'Neal 2010: Wade 2011: Bryant 2012: Durant 2013: Paul 2014: Irving 2015: Westbrook 2016: Westbrook 2017: Davis

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NBA
NBA
season scoring leaders

1947: Fulks 1948: Zaslofsky 1949: Mikan 1950: Mikan 1951: Mikan 1952: Arizin 1953: Johnston 1954: Johnston 1955: Johnston 1956: Pettit 1957: Arizin 1958: Yardley 1959: Pettit 1960: Chamberlain 1961: Chamberlain 1962: Chamberlain 1963: Chamberlain 1964: Chamberlain 1965: Chamberlain 1966: Chamberlain 1967: Barry 1968: Bing 1969: Hayes 1970: West 1971: Alcindor 1972: Abdul-Jabbar 1973: Archibald 1974: McAdoo 1975: McAdoo 1976: McAdoo 1977: Maravich 1978: Gervin 1979: Gervin 1980: Gervin 1981: Dantley 1982: Gervin 1983: English 1984: Dantley 1985: King 1986: Wilkins 1987: Jordan 1988: Jordan 1989: Jordan 1990: Jordan 1991: Jordan 1992: Jordan 1993: Jordan 1994: Robinson 1995: O'Neal 1996: Jordan 1997: Jordan 1998: Jordan 1999: Iverson 2000: O'Neal 2001: Iverson 2002: Iverson 2003: McGrady 2004: McGrady 2005: Iverson 2006: Bryant 2007: Bryant 2008: James 2009: Wade 2010: Durant 2011: Durant 2012: Durant 2013: Anthony 2014: Durant 2015: Westbrook 2016: Curry 2017: Westbrook

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NBA Most Valuable Player
NBA Most Valuable Player
Award

1956: Pettit 1957: Cousy 1958: Russell 1959: Pettit 1960: Chamberlain 1961: Russell 1962: Russell 1963: Russell 1964: Robertson 1965: Russell 1966: Chamberlain 1967: Chamberlain 1968: Chamberlain 1969: Unseld 1970: Reed 1971: Alcindor 1972: Abdul-Jabbar 1973: Cowens 1974: Abdul-Jabbar 1975: McAdoo 1976: Abdul-Jabbar 1977: Abdul-Jabbar 1978: Walton 1979: M. Malone 1980: Abdul-Jabbar 1981: Erving 1982: M. Malone 1983: M. Malone 1984: Bird 1985: Bird 1986: Bird 1987: Johnson 1988: Jordan 1989: Johnson 1990: Johnson 1991: Jordan 1992: Jordan 1993: Barkley 1994: Olajuwon 1995: Robinson 1996: Jordan 1997: K. Malone 1998: Jordan 1999: K. Malone 2000: O'Neal 2001: Iverson 2002: Duncan 2003: Duncan 2004: Garnett 2005: Nash 2006: Nash 2007: Nowitzki 2008: Bryant 2009: James 2010: James 2011: Rose 2012: James 2013: James 2014: Durant 2015: Curry 2016: Curry 2017: Westbrook

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Bill Russell
Bill Russell
NBA Finals
NBA Finals
Most Valuable Player Award

1969: West 1970: Reed 1971: Alcindor 1972: Chamberlain 1973: Reed 1974: Havlicek 1975: Barry 1976: White 1977: Walton 1978: Unseld 1979: D. Johnson 1980: E. Johnson 1981: Maxwell 1982: E. Johnson 1983: Malone 1984: Bird 1985: Abdul-Jabbar 1986: Bird 1987: E. Johnson 1988: Worthy 1989: Dumars 1990: Thomas 1991: Jordan 1992: Jordan 1993: Jordan 1994: Olajuwon 1995: Olajuwon 1996: Jordan 1997: Jordan 1998: Jordan 1999: Duncan 2000: O'Neal 2001: O'Neal 2002: O'Neal 2003: Duncan 2004: Billups 2005: Duncan 2006: Wade 2007: Parker 2008: Pierce 2009: Bryant 2010: Bryant 2011: Nowitzki 2012: James 2013: James 2014: Leonard 2015: Iguodala 2016: James 2017: Durant

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Miami Heat
Miami Heat
2011–12 NBA
NBA
champions

1 Bosh 3 Wade 5 Howard 6 James (Finals MVP) 13 Miller 14 Harris 15 Chalmers 21 Turiaf 22 Jones 30 Cole 31 Battier 40 Haslem 45 Pittman 50 Anthony

Head coach Spoelstra

Assistant coaches McAdoo Askins Rothstein Fizdale Kammerer De La Grana

Regular season Playoffs

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Miami Heat
Miami Heat
2012–13 NBA
NBA
champions

1 Bosh 3 Wade 6 James (Finals MVP) 9 Lewis 11 Andersen 13 Miller 15 Chalmers 22 Jones 24 Varnado 30 Cole 31 Battier 34 Allen 40 Haslem 50 Anthony

Head coach Spoelstra

Assistant coaches McAdoo Askins Rothstein Fizdale Kammerer Craig

Regular season Playoffs

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Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
2015–16 NBA
NBA
champions

0 Love 1 J. Jones 2 Irving 4 Shumpert 5 Smith 8 Dellavedova 9 Frye 12 McRae 13 Thompson 14 Kaun 20 Mozgov 23 James (Finals MVP) 24 Jefferson 30 Dah. Jones 52 Williams

Head coach Lue

Assistant coaches Brielmaier Boylan Drew Handy Longabardi Dam. Jones Posey Potapenko

Regular season Playoffs

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United States
United States
men's basketball squad – 2004 Summer Olympics
2004 Summer Olympics
– Bronze medal

4 Iverson 5 Marbury 6 Wade 7 Boozer 8 Anthony 9 James 10 Okafor 11 Marion 12 Stoudemire 13 Duncan 14 Odom 15 Jefferson Coach: Brown

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United States
United States
squad – 2006 FIBA World Championship
FIBA World Championship
– Bronze medal

4 Johnson 5 Hinrich 6 James 7 Jamison 8 Battier 9 Wade 10 Paul 11 Bosh 12 Howard 13 Miller 14 Brand 15 Anthony Coach: Krzyzewski

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United States
United States
squad – 2007 FIBA Americas Championship
FIBA Americas Championship
– Gold medal

4 Billups 5 Kidd 6 James 7 Williams 8 Redd 9 Prince 10 Bryant 11 Howard 12 Stoudemire 13 Miller 14 Chandler 15 Anthony Coach: Krzyzewski

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United States
United States
men's basketball squad – 2008 Summer Olympics
2008 Summer Olympics
– Gold medal

4 Boozer 5 Kidd 6 James 7 Williams 8 Redd 9 Wade 10 Bryant 11 Howard 12 Bosh 13 Paul 14 Prince 15 Anthony Coach: Krzyzewski

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United States
United States
men's basketball squad – 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 Summer Olympics
– Gold medal

4 Chandler 5 Durant 6 James 7 Westbrook 8 Williams 9 Iguodala 10 Bryant 11 Love 12 Harden 13 Paul 14 Davis 15 Anthony Coach: Krzyzewski

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USA Basketball
Basketball
Male Athlete of the Year

1980: Thomas 1981: Boyle 1982: Rivers 1983: Jordan 1984: Jordan & Perkins 1985: Person 1986: Robinson 1987: Manning 1988: Majerle 1989: Johnson 1990: Mourning 1991: Laettner 1992: U.S. Olympic team 1993: Finley 1994: O'Neal 1995: Allen 1996: Pippen 1997: Boykins 1998: Brand 1999: Payton 2000: Mourning 2001: Duhon 2002: Miller 2003: Duncan 2004: May & Paul 2005: Williams 2006: Anthony 2007: Kidd 2008: U.S. Olympic team 2009: McAdoo 2010: Durant 2011: Parker 2012: James 2013: Gordon 2014: Irving 2015: Brunson 2016: Anthony & Durant 2017: Warney

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Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
Sportsperson of the Year

1954: Roger Bannister 1955: Johnny Podres 1956: Bobby Morrow 1957: Stan Musial 1958: Rafer Johnson 1959: Ingemar Johansson 1960: Arnold Palmer 1961: Jerry Lucas 1962: Terry Baker 1963: Pete Rozelle 1964: Ken Venturi 1965: Sandy Koufax 1966: Jim Ryun 1967: Carl Yastrzemski 1968: Bill Russell 1969: Tom Seaver 1970: Bobby Orr 1971: Lee Trevino 1972: Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
& John Wooden 1973: Jackie Stewart 1974: Muhammad Ali 1975: Pete Rose 1976: Chris Evert 1977: Steve Cauthen 1978: Jack Nicklaus 1979: Terry Bradshaw
Terry Bradshaw
& Willie Stargell 1980: U.S. Olympic Hockey Team 1981: Sugar Ray Leonard 1982: Wayne Gretzky 1983: Mary Decker 1984: Edwin Moses
Edwin Moses
& Mary Lou Retton 1985: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1986: Joe Paterno 1987: Bob Bourne, Judi Brown King, Kipchoge Keino, Dale Murphy, Chip Rives, Patty Sheehan, Rory Sparrow, & Reggie Williams 1988: Orel Hershiser 1989: Greg LeMond 1990: Joe Montana 1991: Michael Jordan 1992: Arthur Ashe 1993: Don Shula 1994: Bonnie Blair
Bonnie Blair
& Johann Olav Koss 1995: Cal Ripken Jr. 1996: Tiger Woods 1997: Dean Smith 1998: Mark McGwire
Mark McGwire
& Sammy Sosa 1999: U.S. Women's Soccer Team 2000: Tiger Woods 2001: Curt Schilling
Curt Schilling
& Randy Johnson 2002: Lance Armstrong 2003: David Robinson & Tim Duncan 2004: Boston Red Sox 2005: Tom Brady 2006: Dwyane Wade 2007: Brett Favre 2008: Michael Phelps 2009: Derek Jeter 2010: Drew Brees 2011: Mike Krzyzewski
Mike Krzyzewski
& Pat Summitt 2012: LeBron James 2013: Peyton Manning 2014: Madison Bumgarner 2015: Serena Williams 2016: LeBron James 2017: José Altuve
José Altuve
& J. J. Watt

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Sporting News Sportsman/Pro Athlete of the Year

1968: Denny McLain 1969: Tom Seaver 1970: John Wooden 1971: Lee Trevino 1972: Charlie Finley 1973: O. J. Simpson 1974: Lou Brock 1975: Archie Griffin 1976: Larry O'Brien 1977: Steve Cauthen 1978: Ron Guidry 1979: Willie Stargell 1980: George Brett 1981: Wayne Gretzky 1982: Whitey Herzog 1983: Bowie Kuhn 1984: Peter Ueberroth 1985: Pete Rose 1986: Larry Bird 1987: None 1988: Jackie Joyner-Kersee 1989: Joe Montana 1990: Nolan Ryan 1991: Michael Jordan 1992: Mike Krzyzewski 1993: Cito Gaston
Cito Gaston
& Pat Gillick 1994: Emmitt Smith 1995: Cal Ripken Jr. 1996: Joe Torre 1997: Mark McGwire 1998: Mark McGwire
Mark McGwire
& Sammy Sosa 1999: New York Yankees 2000: Marshall Faulk
Marshall Faulk
& Kurt Warner 2001: Curt Schilling 2002: Tyrone Willingham 2003: Dick Vermeil
Dick Vermeil
& Jack McKeon 2004: Tom Brady 2005: Matt Leinart 2006: Dwyane Wade 2007: Tom Brady 2008: Eli Manning 2009: Mariano Rivera 2010: Roy Halladay 2011: Aaron Rodgers 2012: LeBron James

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Associated Press
Associated Press
Male Athlete of the Year

1931: Pepper Martin 1932: Gene Sarazen 1933: Carl Hubbell 1934: Dizzy Dean 1935: Joe Louis 1936: Jesse Owens 1937: Don Budge 1938: Don Budge 1939: Nile Kinnick 1940: Tom Harmon 1941: Joe DiMaggio 1942: Frank Sinkwich 1943: Gunder Hägg 1944: Byron Nelson 1945: Byron Nelson 1946: Glenn Davis 1947: Johnny Lujack 1948: Lou Boudreau 1949: Leon Hart 1950: Jim Konstanty 1951: Dick Kazmaier 1952: Bob Mathias 1953: Ben Hogan 1954: Willie Mays 1955: Howard Cassady 1956: Mickey Mantle 1957: Ted Williams 1958: Herb Elliott 1959: Ingemar Johansson 1960: Rafer Johnson 1961: Roger Maris 1962: Maury Wills 1963: Sandy Koufax 1964: Don Schollander 1965: Sandy Koufax 1966: Frank Robinson 1967: Carl Yastrzemski 1968: Denny McLain 1969: Tom Seaver 1970: George Blanda 1971: Lee Trevino 1972: Mark Spitz 1973: O. J. Simpson 1974: Muhammad Ali 1975: Fred Lynn 1976: Bruce Jenner 1977: Steve Cauthen 1978: Ron Guidry 1979: Willie Stargell 1980: U.S. Olympic Hockey Team 1981: John McEnroe 1982: Wayne Gretzky 1983: Carl Lewis 1984: Carl Lewis 1985: Dwight Gooden 1986: Larry Bird 1987: Ben Johnson 1988: Orel Hershiser 1989: Joe Montana 1990: Joe Montana 1991: Michael Jordan 1992: Michael Jordan 1993: Michael Jordan 1994: George Foreman 1995: Cal Ripken Jr. 1996: Michael Johnson 1997: Tiger Woods 1998: Mark McGwire 1999: Tiger Woods 2000: Tiger Woods 2001: Barry Bonds 2002: Lance Armstrong 2003: Lance Armstrong 2004: Lance Armstrong 2005: Lance Armstrong 2006: Tiger Woods 2007: Tom Brady 2008: Michael Phelps 2009: Jimmie Johnson 2010: Drew Brees 2011: Aaron Rodgers 2012: Michael Phelps 2013: LeBron James 2014: Madison Bumgarner 2015: Stephen Curry 2016: LeBron James 2017: José Altuve

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ESPY Awards

Cross-cutter

Courage Female Athlete Male Athlete Breakthrough Athlete Championship Performance Coach/Manager Female College Athlete Male College Athlete Comeback Athlete Female Athlete with a Disability Male Athlete with a Disability Game Perseverance Upset Moment Play Record-Breaking Performance Team

Individual

Female Action Male Action Bowler Driver Fighter Female Golfer Male Golfer Jockey MLS MLB NBA NFL NHL Female Tennis Male Tennis Track and Field WNBA International Athlete

Discontinued

Male U.S. Olympian Female U.S. Olympian Action Soccer Female Soccer Male Soccer U.S. Olympian Male College Basketball Female College Basketball College Football Disabled Angler Boxer Golfer Female Track Male Track Outdoor Sportsman Movie Performance Under Pressure

Award ceremonies

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

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Best Male Athlete ESPY Award
ESPY Award
winners

1993: Jordan 1994: Bonds 1995: Young 1996: Ripken Jr. 1997: Johnson 1998: Woods / Griffey Jr. 1999: McGwire 2000: Woods 2001: Woods 2002: Woods 2003: Armstrong 2004: Armstrong 2005: Armstrong 2006: Armstrong 2007: Tomlinson 2008: Woods 2009: Phelps 2010: Brees 2011: Nowitzki 2012: James 2013: James 2014: Durant 2015: Curry 2016: James 2017: Westbrook

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Hickok Belt
Hickok Belt
winners

1950: Phil Rizzuto 1951: Allie Reynolds 1952: Rocky Marciano 1953: Ben Hogan 1954: Willie Mays 1955: Otto Graham 1956: Mickey Mantle 1957: Carmen Basilio 1958: Bob Turley 1959: Ingemar Johansson 1960: Arnold Palmer 1961: Roger Maris 1962: Maury Wills 1963: Sandy Koufax 1964: Jim Brown 1965: Sandy Koufax 1966: Frank Robinson 1967: Carl Yastrzemski 1968: Joe Namath 1969: Tom Seaver 1970: Brooks Robinson 1971: Lee Trevino 1972: Steve Carlton 1973: O. J. Simpson 1974: Muhammad Ali 1975: Pete Rose 1976: Ken Stabler 1977–2011 not awarded 2012: LeBron James 2013: LeBron James 2014: Madison Bumgarner 2015: Stephen Curry 2016: Michael Phelps 2017: José Altuve

Authority control

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