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2. Will LeBron average a triple-double?

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Of our 93 panelists, only 28 percent think LeBron has a shot at averaging a triple-double with the Heat.

We asked our 93 NBA panelists about LeBron's chances of averaging a triple-double. You can check out the results in the pie chart above.

Below, the TrueHoop Network has chimed in with their thoughts.


Will LeBron average a triple-double sometime during the next six seasons?



Kevin Arnovitz, TrueHoop: No.

Given all the talent on the roster, James probably won't have the ball enough to achieve that feat.


Dan Feldman, Piston Powered: No.

The Heat won't play fast enough for LeBron to match Oscar Robertson, whose Cincinnati Royals played at a faster pace than any team in today's NBA.


Brett Hainline, Queen City Hoops: No.

LeBron's usage is likely to drop slightly; plus, the Heat play at one of the slowest paces in the league, and he's teamed with a solid rebounding 4 in Bosh and a center whose sole purpose will be to defend and rebound. Less time with the ball in his hands, fewer boards ... no triple-double.


Spencer Hall, Salt City Hoops: No.

The record of the Big O will stay intact. LeBron's chance for the numbers came and went while he was the beginning, middle and end of the Cavs' offense. The opportunity is there, especially with assists, but I don't see it happening.


Rahat Huq, Red94: No.

But for his sake, I hope he does, because nothing short of such a feat would repair his tarnished image after a summer that has been a complete and utter disaster from a PR standpoint.


Bret LaGree, Hoopinion: No.

Not unless the pace of play picks up around the league. LeBron averaged more than eight rebounds or assists in a season only once in Cleveland, and he likely won't have to play as many minutes in Miami.


Rasheed Malek, Warriors World: Yes.

LeBron's assist totals will benefit greatly from having teammates who can finish off his passes. If the Heat dedicate themselves to a faster pace of play, LeBron will put up ungodly numbers.


Matt McHale, By The Horns: No.

The only way LeBron could average a triple-double would be if he consciously tried to do it, which could have a negative impact on team chemistry. Wade and Pat Riley aren't going to allow that.


Benjamin Polk, A Wolf Among Wolves: Probably not.

It's only possible if (a) LeBron is the primary ballhandler for most of the game (which he probably should be) and (b) Bosh or Udonis Haslem or Joel Anthony gets hurt for a long portion of a season. Otherwise, there probably won't be enough boards to go around.


Ryan Schwan, Hornets247: No.

It will be hard to average double-figure assists with half his fellow starters completely unfamiliar with the idea of scoring off the ball and/or spotting up.


Michael Schwartz, Valley Of The Suns: It all depends on pace. If the Heat open things up, LeBron will be the new Big O.


Zarar Siddiqi, Raptors Republic: No.

It is very difficult to average a triple-double. I expect his assists to drop because of Wade handling the ball.


Carey Smith, Philadunkia: Nope.

I see a lot of unassisted baskets coming from this team and thus LeBron will not be able to get his dime stats to double digits.


Timothy Varner, 48 Minutes of Hell: No.

One argument says that because LeBron James will shoulder less of the scoring burden for the Heat, his newfound levity will translate into greater rebound and assist totals. I suspect James will shoulder less of each and every burden -- we might see a drop in all his numbers, save efficiency stats and win percentage.


Jeremy Wagner, Roundball Mining Company: Absolutely not.

If he could not do it in Cleveland when he was the only playmaker on the team, how will he do it in Miami with Wade eating up his passing opportunities? I am also not sold that he will feel the need to mix things up inside night in and night out to average double-digit boards.


Kyle Weidie, Truth About It: Sure, if he assumes a majority of the facilitator role and snatches rebounds from teammates. Jamaal Magloire should make the latter easy for him.


Royce Young, Daily Thunder: No.

Averaging a triple-double would probably require some level of individualism from LeBron where he goes only after a personal goal. Well, after writing it that way, maybe he will average a triple-double ...

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