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15. LeBron James, Miami Heat, 2010-11
Season Score: 17.0
Notable Numbers: 26.7 PPG, 7.0 APG, 7.5 RPG, 1.6 SPG, 0.6 BPG
Advanced Metrics: 15.6 WS, 27.3 PER, 8.6 BPM, 8.2 VORP
Wrestling wishes it could have a heel turn this compelling. When James ditched his Northeast Ohio digs for South Beach, he was ready for all the vitriol hurled his direction.
“I’ve kind of accepted this kind of villain role that everyone has placed on me,” James told reporters in Jan. 2011. “I’m OK with it.”
That season, James shot a then-career-high 51.0 percent from the field and led the league in PER for the fourth straight year. And remember, this was when he and Wade were still stepping on each other’s feet as they tried to iron out a pecking order on the fly. Whether you respected James’ decision or not, you couldn’t knock the numbers.
14. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, 2012-13
Season Score: 16.75
Notable Numbers: 28.1 PPG, 4.6 APG, 7.9 RPG, 1.4 SPG, 1.3 BPG
Advanced Metrics: 18.9 WS, 28.3 PER, 7.7 BPM, 7.6 VORP
It speaks volumes about the jaw-dropping skill in today’s game that this season doesn’t check in even higher. Durant not only joined the famed 50/40/90 shooting club, but he also gained entry while matching the second-highest scoring average ever paired with that slash line.
His points per game were more than he’d averaged the previous two years, which grows more notable considering he was the scoring champ in both of them. His field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage, assists, steals and blocks all set or tied his career-best marks at that point.
13. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, 2017-18
Season Score: 14.5
Notable Numbers: 27.5 PPG, 9.1 APG, 8.6 RPG, 1.4 SPG, 0.9 BPG
Advanced Metrics: 14.0 WS, 28.6 PER, 9.6 BPM, 8.9 VORP
The phrase “LeBron isn’t fair” has been used approximately two billion times throughout his career, but it might have reached a fever pitch in 2017-18.
In his age-33 season, he played all 82 games for the first (and still only) time. He als