Known as a scoring machine with a list of records and accolades that continue to grow every single year, LeBron James is already regarded as one of the best basketball players of all time. As a player that can operate at a premier level as either a small forward or power forward and constantly post remarkable statistics, the two-time NBA Champion is truly worthy of his nickname, King James.
LeBron James began his professional basketball career when he decided to skip college and enter the 2003 NBA Draft straight out of high school. After already appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated and earning a reputation as the best high school player in the entire United States, and perhaps one of the best ever, James was one of the most hyped players to join the league in recent NBA history. His stats even in high school were overly impressive, as he averaged over 30 points a game, 9.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 3.4 steals, while also building a list of accolades such as Ohio’s Mr. Basketball and USA Today’s All-USA First Team for three seasons in a row.
After entering the NBA Draft in 2003, LeBron James was the first overall pick and ended up joining the Cleveland Cavaliers. James began to create his legacy from his very first game against the Sacramento Kings, scoring 25 points to set a new record for a player to make their NBA debut right out of high school. By the end of his rookie season, LeBron James had also become the youngest player to score over 40 points in a game for his 41-point performance against the New Jersey Nets and being voted the 2004 Rookie of the Year with statistics of an average 20.9 points per game, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists.
During just his second season of professional basketball, LeBron James made his debut at the NBA All-Star Game to mark his first of ten consecutive appearances at All-Star weekend. Since then, James has set various records at the All-Star events, including being the youngest player ever to win NBA All-Star Game MVP when he was just 21 years old.
Despite all of James’ individual success in the early years of his NBA career, he was able to turn the Cavaliers into a perennial postseason contender, but never a champion. After leaving his hometown of Cleveland to take his talents to South Beach, LeBron James finally won a ring with the Miami Heat. Teaming up with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh to create a threatening Big Three, resulted in James winning not only his first NBA Championship, but two titles and the NBA Finals MVP award both times.
During his tenure as King James, LeBron has put together a resume that has constantly puts his name in the conversation about the greatest NBA player of all time. In addition to winning two consecutive NBA Championships, James also won the NBA MVP during four different season, was named Athlete of the Year by multiple accreditations in 2012, led the NBA in scoring during 2008, and even won two gold medals at the Olympics for Team USA.
Considering that LeBron James is the biggest star in the NBA and on his way to completing a career that’s comparable to the legendary Michael Jordan, LeBron James memorabilia is a solid investment that should be featured in any sports collection. Due to his massive success, NBA merchandise with a rare LeBron James autograph already holds a ton of value that will only acquire ever more worth as he continues his future Hall of Fame career. Whether you’re in search of the right addition for your sports room or a unique sports gift for a basketball fan, authentic LeBron James collectibles are a great purchase for anyone.