Friday, February 15, 2013
LeBron James at the All-Star break
By Tom Haberstroh
The All-Star break is here. Time to catch our breath, stop and look around.
After yet another dominant outing Thursday night, LeBron James is doing everything in his power to prove that he is peerless in this game. Against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder, James registered 39 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in the 10-point win. James is averaging 27.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists while shooting 56.5 percent from the floor and 42.4 percent from downtown this season.
Simply put, he is just on another level right now. After a torrid streak into the All-Star break, his player efficiency rating stands at 31.5, just 0.3 off the all-time record set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962 and 1963. PER is a per-minute rating of a player's productivity, and 15.0 is league-average.
To illustrate how James has separated himself from the rest of the league, it's time to dust off another Tableau visualization. Here you'll find the PER of every qualified player in the league (minimum 15 games and 10 minutes per game) and his minutes per game. Players are shaded by their age (older the player, the darker the font).
As you can see, it's James, then Durant and then everybody else.