LeBron James’ rookie year: A look back at his rookie season
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LeBron James is only 29 years old, but he has already proven he’s not afraid to make a splash in his first season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
With his name on the roster, James has the chance to make his first All-Star team, become the first player to score more than 1,000 points and set the NBA record for most games played in a season.
The rookie is one of the most polarizing players in the NBA, and it’s unlikely that he’ll make the All-Defensive Team.
But in his rookie year, James showed the potential to be a star.
With the Cavaliers on a roll heading into the season, here are five reasons why he deserves to be on the team.
His athleticism is still underrated by some analysts.
With a career-high 19.1 points per game, James led the NBA in assists with 17.2 per game and was second in scoring at 17.3 points per contest.
He also shot a career high 50.9 percent from the field.
James, of course, will have to improve his defensive skills if he wants to compete for the All Star selection.
But with a stellar rookie season, James is on track to become the most dominant player in the league.
The Cavs are built for success.
Despite James’ dominance on the court, he’s never been a leader on the defensive end of the court.
He struggled with his lack of experience playing with LeBron in Cleveland.
The Cavaliers also struggled with the offense in the playoffs.
But even when James was under duress, he was still able to play his best basketball.
He averaged 7.3 assists per game this season, and he was fourth in the entire league in offensive rebounds per game at 3.6.
He’s still learning.
James’ first year in Cleveland was a learning experience for him.
He was in a tough spot with his decision to join the Cavaliers after LeBron left Cleveland and decided to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.
But it was a long road to success for James.
The first year was rough.
James struggled mightily on the offensive end of a roster full of NBA veterans.
His shooting numbers were down and he struggled with confidence.
He had to learn how to be an NBA player.
But James came out of the season stronger, stronger than ever.
James averaged 19.9 points per 100 possessions this season and he shot 44.2 percent from 3-point range.
The NBA is full of players who can become stars, but they’re not the best players.
They need to learn, and James has a great shot at becoming one of them.
His leadership skills are underrated.
James is an exceptional leader on and off the court and he’s still developing his leadership skills.
James was voted MVP in his third year with the Cavaliers and he has the potential for an even greater breakout in his second year.
He leads by example with a reputation as a winner.
James has won the championship in two of his first three seasons in Cleveland and he will need to continue to lead by example to become a successful player.
He will have the opportunity to win a championship and to do so with the Cavs next year.
He can improve defensively.
While James can be a physical threat at times, he struggles to defend in the half court.
The second year of his career has been a learning period for James and he is starting to figure out how to play more efficiently off the ball.
He is showing improvement in the defensive side of the ball, as well.
He has developed a defensive identity that is similar to what he showed as a rookie in Cleveland: attacking the rim, pressuring the rim and limiting shots.
James also has the ability to create offense for himself and others.
With more space to operate, he can be more efficient with his scoring, as he has shown on multiple occasions this season.
LeBron James is only 29 years old, but he has already proven he’s not afraid to make a splash in…