The Cleveland Cavaliers have struggled to inspire confidence so far this season, winning just
four of their nine NBA regular campaign fixtures this year. Despite their woes, LeBron James
has been one of the standout performers in America’s primary basketball league and he has
shown no signs of slowing down at the age of 32. In terms of points per game and impact for
the franchise, you won’t find many players who can do what James can do.
James scored 57 points in Cleveland’s victory over the Washington Wizards at the beginning
of November; the second-highest total recorded in his professional career. The Cavaliers will
need James to be at his brilliant best for the remainder of the campaign in order to compete
for NBA glory in the postseason. Beating the Golden State Warriors may turn out to be
difficult but if anyone can do it, it is the Cleveland Cavaliers.
A three-time NBA champion, James has been there and done it all on the big stage. Over the
course of his career, he has won three NBA Finals MVP awards and four regular-season
MVP awards – and individual success looks likely in 2018. James’ career has followed a
similar path to that of Michael Jordan and his latest efforts are reminiscent of Jordan’s later
In that record-breaking victory over the Wizards, James hit seven of 10 post-ups; easily one
of the greatest post-up games of his career. Furthermore, he landed 23 field goals and 14
baskets in the restricted area; both record-breaking figures for the Cleveland man. In years
gone by, he has developed a reputation for landing 3-pointers but James hit just two in that
particular contest; showing that he now poses a much greater threat inside.
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has been simply sublime so far this year and
he leads the league in average points per game with 31. Comparatively, James is averaging
28.8 points per game (the third highest in the NBA) and 9.1 assists (fourth highest) – picking
between the two for the regular campaign MVP award may turn out to be difficult.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: 1st player to avg 35 pts, 10 reb and 5 ast through his 1st 5 games of a season in NBA history (via @EliasSports)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 27, 2017
As of November 5, the Cleveland Cavaliers are valued at 4/1 in bet365 NBA odds to win the
title and plenty of punters will be backing James and co to do just that. It may take time for
Cleveland to adjust fully to the trio of James, Thomas and Kevin Love but for the time being,
the former can lead the Cavaliers. He is talented enough to win a game on his own and it
would be foolish to write Cleveland off with James in top form.
It could turn out to be a direct battle between James and Antetokounmpo for the regular
campaign MVP award. On current form, the Milwaukee man is in with a decent chance of
pipping James to individual glory but the four-time winner has the pedigree and record to
eventually come out on top. The Cleveland Cavaliers will be right in the mix once again and
LeBron James could turn out to be their main difference maker.