LeBron POTM March 2016

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CLEVELAND – The NBA announced today that Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has been named the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month for games played in March 2016. This marks the 19th time a Cavs player has earned Player of the Month honors and James’ 31st, the most in NBA history.

In the month of March, James appeared in 14 games (10-4) and averaged 25.6 points on .538 shooting from the field, 8.2 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 34.1 minutes per game. Among Eastern Conference leaders, James ranked first in field goals made (136), tied for first in triple-doubles (2), second in points per game (25.6), fourth in total points scored (358), fifth in assists per game (7.1), sixth in plus/minus (116), tied for sixth in double-doubles (7), seventh in free throws made (70), 12th in rebounds per game (8.2) and 14th in field goal percentage (.538). The 12-time NBA All-Star registered seven double-doubles, which includes two triple-double performances in wins over Denver on March 21 (33 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) and New York on March 26 (27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists).

LeBron James

The Model of Consistency

Along with King James’ monster March, the four-time MVP is putting up stellar averages for the entire 2015-16 season. View his month-by-month breakdown below:

Month Points Rebounds Assists
October 22.0 7.3 4.7
November 26.4 7.6 7.0
December 25.7 7.2 5.2
January 23.6 6.6 7.1
February 24.8 7.4 7.3
March 25.6 8.2 7.1

James was the only player in the NBA to average at least 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists last month. He posted the highest field goal percentage (.538) among all NBA players who averaged at least 23.0 points in March, while also topping 20 points or more in 12 of his 14 appearances, including eight contests with at least 25 points, five rebounds and five assists. James scored in double figures in each outing to extend his double-digit scoring streak to 712 games, joining Michael Jordan (866) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (787) as the only players in NBA history to score in double figures in 700 consecutive games or more. He also shot at least .500 from the field on nine occasions last month.

The 6-8 forward had several historical achievements throughout March. Most recently, he moved past Dominique Wilkins (26,668) for 12th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list in the Cavs’ 107-87 win over Brooklyn on March 31. Earlier in the month, he passed John Havlicek (26,395) for 13th all-time in scoring (March 7 versus Memphis), which was just one game after moving past Tim Duncan for 14th place in the March 5th win over Boston. James moved all the way up to 16th all-time in field goals made after passing Robert Parish (9,614) with his fifth make at New York on March 26. He also climbed the NBA’s assists ladder last month, passing Kevin Johnson (6,711) for 19th place on the all-time assists list in the Cavs’ road win over the Clippers on March 13 and Muggsy Bogues (6,726) for 18th all-time on March 18 at Orlando.

In 73 games (all starts) this season, James is averaging 25.2 points (sixth in NBA) on .512 shooting from the field, 7.5 rebounds, 6.8 assists (ninth in NBA) and 1.4 steals in 35.7 minutes per game. James and the Cavaliers are an Eastern Conference-best 55-22 on the season, which includes a 32-7 mark at Quicken Loans Arena.

Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook won Player of the Month accolades for the Western Conference.

Shaq Elected to Hall of Fame

Shaq is only the fourth Cleveland Cavalier elected to the NBA Hall of Fame.

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The Big Diesel

HOUSTON — For so many years they were the long and short of excellence in the NBA, so it was only fitting that Shaquille O’Neal led the way together for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

The 7-foot-1 O’Neal played 19 seasons in the NBA, averaging 23.7 points and 10.9 rebounds. He was MVP in 2000 and a three-time MVP of the NBA Finals.

O’Neal and Iverson are among 10 new inductees for 2016. They were joined by”

  • Yao Ming, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2002 NBA draft and spent his entire career with the Houston Rockets before it as cut short by injuries in 2010.
  •  Allen Iverson, The 6-foot Iverson played 14 seasons, averaging 26.7 points and 6.2 assists. He was named MVP in 2001.
  •  Jerry Reinsdorf, long-time owner of the Chicago Bulls, whose team dominated the NBA by winning six championships in the 1990s.
  • Sheryl Swoopes, three-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist, four-time WNBA champion and three-time WNBA MVP.
  • Tom Izzo, head coach at Michigan State, where he has led the Spartans to the 2000 NCAA title and seven trips to the Final Four.

There are four posthumous inductees:

  • Zelmo Beatty, who spent most of his career in the ABA, averaging 17.1 points and 10.9 rebounds.
  • Darell Garretson, former referee.
  • John McLendon, former coach who won three NAIA championships.
  • Cumberland Posey, a star in the early 1900s, who is also in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

LeBron PTOW 4/1/16

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CLEVELAND – The NBA announced today that Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has been named the Eastern Conference Player of Week for games played Monday, March 28, through Sunday, April 3. This marks the fifth time this season James has earned Player of the Week accolades, as well as the 53rd time in his career, the most in NBA history. It also marks the 53rd time in franchise history a player has earned Player of the Week honors and the 34th time James has earned the honor as a member of the Cavaliers.

James played in three games this past week for Cleveland (all wins), averaging a near triple-double with 28.0 points on .576 shooting from the field, 9.3 rebounds, 10.7 assists and 2.3 steals in 38.7 minutes per contest. He led the Eastern Conference in points per game (28.0), while ranking second in assists per game (10.7), second in plus/minus (+44), tied for third in double-doubles (3), tied for seventh in steals per game (2.3) and ninth in rebounds per game (9.3). The 12-time NBA All-Star was the only player in the league to average at least 20.0 points and 10.0 assists while shooting .500 or better.

James, who recorded a double-double and scored 20 points or more in each of his three games, started the week off with 24 points on 8-11 (.727) shooting, seven rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and one block in 31 minutes during Cleveland’s 107-87 win over Brooklyn on March 31. With his basket at the 3:52 mark in the first quarter, he surpassed Dominique Wilkins (26,668) for 12th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. The following night, James moved past Oscar Robertson (26,710) for 11th place all-time in scoring while recording 29 points, a season-high 16 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and one block in 44 minutes of the Cavs’ 110-108 overtime victory over Atlanta on April 1. James closed out the week with his 28th double-double of the season after tallying 31 points on 14-22 (.636) shooting, eight rebounds, 12 assists and two steals in 41 minutes during a 112-103 victory over Charlotte on April 3.

In 2015-16, James has appeared in 73 games (all starts) with averages of 25.2 points (sixth in NBA) on .512 shooting from the field, 7.5 rebounds, 6.8 assists (ninth in NBA) and 1.4 steals in 35.7 minutes per game. His five player of the week awards this season are the most in the Eastern Conference and tied for the most in the NBA. James and the Cavaliers currently sit atop the Eastern Conference with a 55-22 record.

J.J. Barea of the Dallas Mavericks was named the Western Conference Player of the Week.