Found December 18, 2012 on
The Sports Headquarters:
For those of you who are new to TSHQ, first of all welcome. Grab a seat. Would you like a drink? I believe K.M. Venne and Cole Zwicker were just discussing the intricacies of JaVale McGee’s self-indulgent retweets of himself over a fine burbon whiskey. Toward the early days of this sites inception onto the world wide web I penned a short article about why Rajon Rondo was more important to the success of the Celtics than Kobe Bean Bryant is to the Los Angeles Lakers. As time went on it was proven to be fantastic insight and a step ahead the rest of the world. Well here I am just about two years later with the same case, the same facts, and the same argument. No, this isn’t about Bean vs. Rondo. It’s about the self-proclaimed King of the basketball world: LeBron James. You want to say he’s the most physically talented specimen the world has ever seen? Go right ahead. It’s impossible for me to argue that. But the most valuable to his team? Why don’t we just settle it down just a bit.
Are you ready to be wowed and amazed? As well you should be. Look, my argument for value has always been about total points created. You create shots for others, score the bucket yourself, or play field general better than anyone else in the league and I believe you deserve your kudos. While LeBron James may be as impressive of a basketball player as these eyes have seen, it does not mean he is doing everything he can to lead his team to victory. Fact of the matter is that the Heat do not need full effort from LeBron to win games as they are one of the most talented teams in all of basketball across the board. The Celtics would be hot garbage if it were not for the dominant play of their point guard who they call “Swag.”
LeBron James, single-handedly, score 25.4 points per game – nearly double the output of Rondo’s 12.9 ppg average. Good for LeBron, he’s the Heat’s first option and he takes seven more shots per game as well as four more free throws per contest. And while LBJ’s 6.7 assists per night average is nothing to sneeze at, they are a full SIX dimes lower than Swag’s 12.7 he’s dropping nightly. Time for some light math. Let’s say that each assist only accounts for a made two point basket. James’ 6.7 assists would equal out to 13.4 points per game. Add that to his 25.4 ppg average and you’re looking at 38.8 points per game credited to LeBron’s efforts. Certainly an admirable output for the game’s best.
Now, let’s take Swag’s 12.7 asssits per game. Again, we’re only assuming these are converted into two pointers. That leaves us with 25.4 points per game – the same amount as LeBron averages by shooting. Add that with Rondo’s 12.9 ppg average and we’re looking at 38.3 points created by Rajon Rondo. Also known as .5 points per game less than James. While LeBron is grabbing more rebounds per game, Rondo has his beat in steals. The Heat have the better record, the Celtics have more heart. And yes you can measure heart. 100%. In fact, if the NBA started ranking teams by heart instead of record the Celtics would be the unanimous top seed while the Lakers would finish right between the Kings and the Wizards. Rondo is the catalyst behind that heart. Swag has also sonned Kris Humphries more times than LeBron James. And “Swag” is a much better nickname than “King James.” King James is a Bible, not a nickname LeBron.
You can have your flashy LeBron Jameses of the world. Promoting drugs like molly during pregame warmups is a great thing for the kids to see. Nevermind the heroin empire which LBJ has been building for the past decade. I’ll take the hard-nosed pitbull to go to war with me every day of the week.
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