Back in June we made a Top 10 list of Draft Picks That Shaped A Franchise. LeBron James just made the list at number ten. How could we really rank a player that had only played five seasons for a team much higher? Especially considering there’s a chance he will leave in 2010 when he can become a free agent. But even if LeBron James leaves the Cavaliers he will still go down as the best and most important player in franchise history. This topic isn’t even debatable. On Tuesday LeBron passed Mark Price as the all-time franchise leader in steals and did it in 170 less games. He already is first in point scored by nearly 1,000, 8th in rebounds, 2nd in assists, 8th in blocks, and 4th in 3-point field goals.
Let’s assume LeBron leaves Cleveland in 2010. Don’t worry Cavs’ fans it’s simply an assumption to prove a point and has nothing to do with LeBron’s love for NYC or his buddy-buddy relationship with Jay-Z. LeBron James has been healthy his whole career and given his physique there is no reason to believe he won’t stay that way for the next couple years. If he stays healthy he will be playing in about 136 more games before the end of 2009 season. If LeBron puts up the numbers he has averaged over the last four-plus seasons (I eliminated his rookie year since he was still developing) he will be amongst the top in all career statistical categories for the Cavs franchise. This table shows his projected career stats at the end of the 2009 season and where that would rank him in Cavs' franchise history: