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WHAT IF LEBRON SHOT 80% FROM THE LINE HIS WHOLE CAREER?

KEVIN BOISCLAIR
MARCH 19, 2020  ·  23H40
Today, we'll see how much of a difference it would be if LeBron James, arguably the best player of all-time, shot 80% from the line, comparatively to his 73% average over his career.

This has probably been the worst part of The King's game; his free throw percentage. There was only one season where he got to 78%, but there are four others where he couldn't even reach the 70's.

Right now, James wants to reach Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) as the leading scorer of the NBA history. The Los Angeles Lakers forward is currently at 34.087, good for the third best mark. If he was an 80% free throw shooter, he'd be at 34,744 points. In every season he played, his points per game stats would improve of a number between 0.3 and 0.6, which is absolutely huge in a whole campaign.

In this major dream scenario, LeBron James would only need to average 24.3 points per game over his next 150 games to get to the record. You could also say that he needs 18 points per game over the next 200 .

In another point of view, it would also make a big difference in the playoffs, not just for his stats but for a game to be won or lost because James went 11 times to the line, and made eight of them and not seven. In his 2009 playoff run, James averaged 35.3 points and lost in the Conference Finals against Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. With this fantasy improvement of an 80% percent shooter, LeBron, the multiple time All-star, would have been on 36 points a game average. In game one and game four of this series, the Cleveland Cavaliers lost by one and two points. Maybe those little things would have changed something and the Cavaliers would have won and we could all admire a Kobe-LeBron finals.

For him to be an average shooter would be more than benefic to his game and his status. It'd be easier to be aggressive around the paint and go grab points he wouldn't normally get. In another way, in this world, maybe LeBron wouldn't improve his three point shot to the point it is right now. Maybe the three time champion of the world never becomes one of the best playmakers the league has ever seen, maybe he just isn't the player we all watch, idolize and cherish.
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