Career

  • James was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2003 NBA Draft. Eventually named the Rookie of the Year, he finished with averages of 20.9 points, 5.9 assists, and 5.5 rebounds each game.
  • At 19, LeBron became the youngest member of the basketball squad in 2004 Athens Olympics but he spent most of the time on the bench.
  • He made NBA history again in 2005, when he became the youngest player to score more than 50 points in one game. He was chosen for the NBA All-Star game for the first time.
  • With averages of 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists, and 2.2 steals per game, he became the youngest player in NBA history to be named to an All-NBA Team, in the 2004–05 seasons.
  • In 2006, he helped his team beat the Wizards in the first round of playoff. Against the Pistons in the semifinals, even his average of 26.6 couldn’t secure his team’s victory.
  • After the 2006 Playoffs, James and the Cavaliers negotiated a three-year, $60 million contract extension with a player option with the option of seeking a new contract as an unrestricted free agent.
  • The Cavaliers proved to be stronger competitors in 2007, reaching the NBA finals, beating Detroit to win the Eastern Conference but lost in the finals against the San Antonio Spurs.
  • During the 2007-08 season, the Cavaliers improved their standing in the Eastern Conference. The team made it to the semifinals when they were defeated by the Boston Celtics in 7 games.
  • Year 2008 was a stellar one for him as he outperformed rival players as Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson by scoring an average of 30 points per game, the highest average in the NBA regular season.
  • In 2008, he traveled to Beijing, with the likes of Bryant, Dwyane Wade and Jason Kidd on the U.S. Olympic Basketball Team and took home the gold after defeating Spain in the finals.
  • Shortly after becoming a free agent in 2010, he announced that he would be joining the Miami Heat for the upcoming season. Scoring 26.7 points per game, he finished second in the league.
  • James competed at his third Olympic Games in 2012, in London, along with teammates Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant, and the team brought home the second consecutive Olympic gold.