Outside of Lebron James's hypothesized future plans, latest PR hirings and heavily critiqued tweets via the infamous "blame it on lebron" campaign, he's having one the most statistically historic seasons in NBA history.
Created by ESPN's own John Hollinger, the PER rating, is believed by many to be the single best statistical measurement of a players contribution to their team. For the past 4 seasons, Lebron has led the NBA with the highest PER rating, but none by such a disparity. James has a current PER of 32.90, with the next player (Kevin Durant) at 27.53. That's a 1st to 2nd marginal difference of 5.37; uncanny to say the least.
If Lebron continues at this torrid of a pace, he'll break Michael Jordan's (1987/88) season of 31.89 PER, the highest in NBA history.
Perhaps what's more astonishing is just how efficient both Lebron James and Dwayne Wade have been over their respected careers. Not only is Lebron on the verge of producing the most statistically efficient season, but the two Miami Heat superstars are proving to be one of the greatest PER combinations in NBA history.
- Lebron James is one of 4 players (Jordan, Wilt, Shaq) in NBA history to post multiple 30+ PER seasons.
- In 2006, Dwayne Wade produced the highest PER performance in NBA finals history: 33.8.
- Lebron James is on pace to lead the league in PER for the 5th straight season.
- In the 2006-2007 regular season Dwayne Wade led the league in PER at 29.04.
- James and Wade have finished the regular season 1st and 2nd in PER twice.
- Lebron James and Dwayne Wade are on pace to finish in the top 3 for PER, for the 4th straight season.