James entered the league as one of the most highly touted No. 1 picks in NBA history thanks to an impressive high school career and plenty of national exposure. He opted out of playing college ball to enter the NBA at only 18 years of age. With the moniker "The Chosen One" already attached to his name, James made his NBA debut on opening night, Oct. 29, against the Kings. He had a huge game, finishing with 25 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals in 42 minutes in a 106-92 loss. James went on to have a very productive rookie campaign, averaging 20.9 points, 5.9 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals while playing 39.5 minutes per game. James comfortably won Rookie of the Year honors and was named to the All-NBA Rookie First Team. He also received the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month award for each month of the season.2004
James boosted his numbers across the board in his sophomore season, finishing with per game averages of 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists. He also made strides on the defensive end of the court, ranking third in the league with 2.2 steals per contest. King James increased his 29.0 percent three-point shooting as a rookie to 35.1 percent in year two, raising his overall field goal percentage from 41.7 percent to 47.2 percent. James also led the NBA in minutes per game with 42.3. He put his scoring prowess on display with five games of at least 40 points, including a 56-point outburst against the Raptors on Mar. 20, and a 44-point effort eight days later against the Hornets. James garnered his first All-Star selection and his first All-NBA Second Team selection while leading the Cavaliers to a 42-40 record and piling up four triple-doubles along the way.2005
James' third NBA season was marked by career milestones as the 2003 first-overall draft pick notched his first selection to the All-NBA First Team and won his first All-Star Game MVP award. The 6-foot-8 forward ranked third in the league with a scoring average of 31.4 points per contest and rounded out his stat line with per-game averages of 7.0 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.6 steals. James also shot a career-best 48.0 percent from the field while hitting 73.8 percent of his free throws. His brilliant season did not go unrecognized as James finished second in voting for the regular-season MVP award. The campaign was also significant for James because he led Cleveland to the playoffs for the first time in his young career. Although the Cavaliers were eliminated by Detroit in a tough second-round battle, James' all-around skills were on full display as he averaged 30.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.4 steals in 13 postseason contests.2006
James' fourth season was a coming out party for the budding superstar as he led Cleveland to its second straight 50-win season. Over 78 regular season games, The King once again delivered amazing averages of 27.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.3 three-pointers per contest. The Cavaliers made the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1992, and James delivered one of the most iconic playoff performances in league history. With the Cavaliers trailing 0-2 to the juggernaut Detroit Pistons, James led the Cavaliers to two straight wins to knot the series at two games apiece. In a crucial Game 5, James scored the final 25 points -- including a game-winning layup -- in a double-overtime thriller to lead Cleveland to the win and a 3-2 series lead. The Cavaliers won Game 6 and advanced to the NBA Finals, where they were swept by the Spurs. The 2007 playoffs established James as one of the best in the game thanks to his dominance and the ability to carry a squad to the Finals.2007
After a disappointing sweep in the 2007 Finals, James returned for his fifth season with an aggressive mindset on offense. He captured his first scoring title by posting 30.0 points per game. The Ohio native also improved his rebound, assist and steal season totals and shot a career-high 48.4 percent from the field. James earned his fourth straight All-Star nod, garnered his second First Team All-NBA selection and won his second All-Star Game MVP award. He also finished fourth in voting for regular-season league MVP. The Cavaliers finished with a 45-37 record and advanced to the second round of the playoffs, where they lost to the Celtics. Despite the disappointing outcome, James did well in the postseason, averaging 28.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.6 assists in 13 games.2008
Led by James, the Cavaliers finished the 2008-09 season with their best record in franchise history at 66-16. James continued his streak of All-Star and First Team All-NBA honors thanks to per game averages of 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.2 assists. He also captured his first regular-season MVP award. In addition to his excellence on the the offensive end, James racked up 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks per contest to make the All-NBA Defensive First Team and finish second in Defensive Player of the Year voting. Cleveland made quick work of the Pistons and Hawks in two sweeps in the playoffs but were bounced by the Magic in six games during the Eastern Conference Finals. James put together his strongest playoff showing to date, averaging a league-high 35.3 points per game in 14 appearances and adding 9.1 rebounds and 7.3 assists per contest.2009
James played his seventh season with Cleveland in 2009-10 and led the Cavaliers to the franchise's first back-to-back 60-win seasons. He earned a second straight regular-season MVP award as well, thanks to per game averages of 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 8.6 assists. In addition to the MVP award, James was chosen for his sixth straight Eastern Conference All-Star team. In that contest, the Ohio native finished with 25 points, five rebounds, six assists and four steals. Other accolades bestowed upon James for his brilliance included his fourth All-NBA First Team selection and his second spot on the All-NBA Defensive Second Team. With a 61-21 record, the Cavaliers took a No. 1 seed into the playoffs but were dispatched by the eventual Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics.2010
In one of the most anticipated decisions in sports history, James decided to take his talents to South Beach for the 2010-11 season. In first year in Miami, James continued to rank as one of the most dominant forces in league history. He posted per-game averages of 26.7 points (second in the NBA), 7.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists per contest and shot a career-best 51.0 percent from the field. The 6-foot-8 forward finished third in MVP voting, was elected to the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the seventh straight season and made the All-NBA First Team for the fifth time in his career. James was also voted onto the All-NBA Defensive First Team for the third straight season due in part to averaging 1.6 steals per contest (12th best in the league). In the playoffs, James averaged 23.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists over 21 games as Miami fell just short of the NBA Championship.2011
In his ninth NBA season, James put a crown on his Hall of Fame credentials by winning his first NBA Championship. The Ohio native guided Miami to a 46-20 record in the lockout-shortened regular season by averaging 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists per contest. For his all-around contributions, James was recognized with his third MVP award and his sixth selection to the All-NBA First Team. James also earned a spot on the All-NBA Defensive First Team for the fourth straight season and ranked fourth in the league with 1.9 steals per game. LBJ was even more dominant in the playoffs; in 23 contests, he posted per-game averages of 30.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists. He was unanimously named the NBA Finals MVP after leading the Heat to a five-game series win over Oklahoma City. In the Finals, James averaged 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 7.4 assists. He notched a triple-double in the series-clinching Game 5 victory, tallying 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists.2012
The 2012-13 season was a triumphant one for James as he led Miami to its second straight NBA Championship. The Heat posted the league's best regular-season record (66-16) thanks in large part to James, who averaged 26.8 points, 7.3 assists and a career-high 8.0 rebounds per contest. The megastar also enjoyed his finest shooting season as a professional, registering career highs by making 56.5 percent of his field-goal attempts and 40.6 percent of his attempts from deep. James was rewarded for his stellar campaign by winning his fourth NBA MVP award in a near-unanimous vote. He was also named to the All-NBA First Team for the seventh time and to the All-NBA Defensive First Team for the fifth straight season. James continued his dominance in the playoffs, averaging 25.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.8 steals in 23 contests. He capped the season with a 37-point, 12-rebound, four-assist performance in Game 7 of the NBA Finals to secure a Heat victory and his second straight NBA Finals MVP award.2013
In his fourth season in Miami, James again proved to be one of the most dominant superstars in the history of the game. The 6-foot-8 forward ranked third in the NBA with a scoring average of 27.1 points per game while setting career highs with a 56.7 field-goal percentage and 64.9 true-shooting percentage. James also excelled on the boards and as a passer, posting per-game averages of 6.9 rebounds and 6.4 assists. He registered 12 double-doubles -- including one triple-double -- during the campaign and scored 40 or more points on three different occasions. In one of those games -- a March 3 victory over the Hornets -- James poured in a career-high 61 points while tying his top mark with eight three-pointers. As a result of his outstanding play, James finished second in NBA MVP voting and was voted in to his 10th straight All-Star Game. The Ohio native also garnered First Team All-NBA recognition for the eighth time in his career and was named to the All-NBA Defensive Second Team. In the postseason, James averaged 27.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists per contest. His strong play helped guide Miami to a third straight appearance in the NBA Finals. Despite falling to San Antonio in five games, James put together a strong series as he averaged 28.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest.2014
After a four-year stay in Miami, James returned home to Cleveland for his 12th NBA season. The Ohio native put together another elite campaign, averaging 25.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.4 assists. Although James missed 13 games -- largely due to injuries to his knee and back -- he finished third in MVP voting and was named to the All-NBA First Team for the ninth time in his career. James also garnered two Eastern Conference Player of the Month awards during the regular season. The first came in February, when he averaged 24.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 7.3 assists in 10 contests. James followed that with a second consecutive award by averaging 24.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists in 15 games in March. Altogether, the 2013 first-overall draft pick tallied 14 double-doubles and three triple-doubles during the regular season. He collected three more triple-doubles in the playoffs and posted per-game averages of 30.1 points 11.3 rebounds and 8.4 assists in 20 postseason contests. James' contributions helped the Cavaliers advance to the NBA Finals, though they were ultimately eliminated by the Golden State Warriors. Despite the loss, James received four votes for the NBA Finals MVP award. In the six-game series, he averaged 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists per contest.2015
The 2015-16 season was a special one for James as he led his hometown Cavaliers to their first NBA title. The veteran from Akron was his usual splendid self during the regular season, tallying per-game averages of 25.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists. He also picked up his shooting from the floor, making over half of his field goal attempts (52.0 percent) for the sixth time in his career and improving on his marks from the previous campaign in both eFG% (55.1 percent) and TS% (58.8 percent). James' brilliant campaign was acknowledged with his 12th selection to the NBA All-Star Game, three Eastern Conference Player of the Month awards and his 10th selection to the All-NBA First Team. Meanwhile, James finished behind Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard in voting for the regular-season MVP. His all-around talent led to the production of 28 double-doubles and three triple-doubles on the season, including a 33 point, 11-rebound, 11-assist effort in a win over Denver on March 21. James was at his offensive and defensive best in the playoffs, during which he averaged 26.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks. He earned his third NBA Finals MVP award by helping Cleveland come back from a 3-1 deficit against Golden State to capture the franchise's first title. In that series, he averaged 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.9 assists, 2.6 steals and 2.3 blocks per contest. He was especially dominant over the final three games of the series -- all won by Cleveland -- as he averaged 36.3 points on 50.6 percent shooting to cement his name in Cleveland sports lore.2016
In his age-31 season, James continued his march to the Hall of Fame by posting the best all-around numbers of his career. As usual, he excelled as a scorer, averaging 26.4 points per contest while shooting 54.8 percent from the field. In the meantime, he found a way to improve the already-outstanding peripheral elements of his game as he averaged career highs in rebounds (8.6) and assists (8.7). That helped the Ohio native record the most double-doubles (42) and triple-doubles (13) of his career. James' numbers were again among the best in the league as he ranked eighth in scoring, 19th in rebounding and sixth in assists. Unsurprisingly, James' elite play resulted in his 13th All-Star nod. There were a host of other accolades as well, including James' 11th All-NBA First Team selection and the league's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship award. Furthermore, his body of work in the regular season was recognized with a fourth-place finish in MVP voting. The 2013 first-overall draft pick once again excelled in the playoffs as James averaged 32.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 7.8 assists in 18 postseason contests. With James leading the way, Cleveland advanced to the NBA Finals to face the Golden State Warriors for the third straight season. Although the Cavaliers were unable to stop the mighty Warriors, James was a force in the five-game series, collecting a pair of triple-doubles and averaging 33.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists.2017
James started all 82 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers, leading the NBA in minutes per game at 36.9. He also averaged 27.5 points per contest, along with career-bests of 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists per contest. James finished third in the league in scoring, second in assists and 15th in rebounding. He would go on to notch 18 triple-doubles during the regular season. LeBron led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive campaign. James nearly averaged a triple-double in the playoffs, managing 34.0 points, 9.1 rebounds and 9.0 assists. He even tallied four triple-doubles over 22 matchups. He also appeared in his eighth straight Finals. James scored 51 points in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, and then accumulated a triple-double in Game 3. James would be named First Team All-NBA for the 11th-straight year. He also finished second in the MVP voting to James Harden.2018
After making a highly-publicized jump to the Lakers as a free agent in 2018, James' first season in the Western Conference was challenging. While the 16-year veteran turned in another stellar statistical season, the Lakers dropped five of their first seven games and sat at 9-7 through the first month of the season. Behind a string of big nights from James -- highlighted by a 51-point effort in a win over Miami on Nov. 18 -- Los Angeles carried a 19-14 record into a Christmas Day showdown with the Warriors. Though the Lakers would go on to win that game, James slipped on a wet spot and suffered a groin strain -- the first major injury of his career -- that would subsequently sideline him for the next 17 contests. The Lakers struggled without the four-time MVP, going 6-11 in that span and dropping down the Western Conference standings in the process. James returned to action with 24 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists in a Jan. 31 win over the Clippers, but the Lakers won only four of their next 16 games. With the team's playoff hopes fading, James was shut down for the season with six games to play. Despite appearing in a career-low 55 contests, James' per-game numbers -- 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 8.3 assists, 1.3 steals -- were among the best in the league. James also shot 51.0 percent from the field, marking the fourth straight season in which he converted over half of his shot attempts. James' overall play was rewarded with a selection to the All-NBA Third Team. He also racked up the most fan votes for the 2019 All-Star Game and scored 19 points in the contest to lead his squad to victory.
June 26, 2003Drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 2003 NBA Draft. He later signed a rookie deal.
July 18, 2006Signed a four-year rookie scale extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
July 9, 2010Signed a six-year contract with an early-termination option with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
July 10, 2010Traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat for a 2011 2nd round draft pick (Milan Macvan was later selected), a 2012 2nd round draft pick (Jae Crowder was later selected), a 2013 1st round draft pick (Nemanja Nedovic was later selected) and a 2016 1st round draft pick (Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot was later selected). Cleveland also received a trade exception from Miami. Cleveland had the option to swap 1st round draft picks with Miami in 2012 but did not do so.
July 12, 2014Signed a two-year contract (with a player option) with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
July 10, 2015Signed a two-year contract (with a player option) with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
August 12, 2016Signed a three-year contract (with a player option) with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
July 9, 2018Signed a four-year contract as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers.