NBA Power Rankings: Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers Both Moving Up


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As noted on the Lakers slide, less than 20 percent of the way into their season, LeBron James already has 1.9 wins over replacement player.
Prior to 2023-24, the all-time high in a 21st season was 1.4, a mark reached by Kevin Garnett in 2015-16 and Vince Carter in 2018-19.
To put into perspective how absurd LeBron’s 24.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.9 blocks are, here are the basic numbers of those two in their 21st seasons:
Garnett: 3.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks
Carter: 7.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks
LeBron has crushed a number of records and expectations over the course of his career, so we shouldn’t be surprised he’s still doing it now.
But the degree to which he’s outperforming everyone else who’s ever appeared in a 21st season is hard to overstate.


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