Houston Rockets: Clint Capela is more valuable than Lebron James

CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 3: Clint Capela /
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Should the Houston Rockets pursue LeBron James?
TORONTO, ON – MAY 01: LeBron James #23 of the Cavaliers dribbles the ball in the second half of Game One of the ECS against the Raptors during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre on May 1, 2018, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /

LeBron James by the numbers

LeBron set the NBA on fire as a teenager and hasn’t looked back since. For his career, he has averaged over 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. In addition, he’s shot over 50%, averaged almost two steals and one block.

The fact of the matter is, LeBron James is an astronomically different player than he was at 19. He is the most complete player in the league and has adapted with the game. That’s why he’s the greatest of all time.

He has elevated his game to insane levels. Over his career, the league has shifted to value the three-point shot way more than anything else. Year one, Lebron shot 29% from three. This has peaked at over 40% at points in his career and over 36% this year. His three-point attempts have also doubled over the course of his career.

LeBron James simply is the best, no offense to Michael Jordan.

Being the best, obviously, does not come close to cheap. Back in December, Lebron stated he wouldn’t take a discount for anyone. The Heat cut corners to save money after he took a discount, ergo no more discount from LeBron.

LeBron James is set to make over $35 million next year, regardless of where he lands. That is one STEEP price. Now, it is possible to snag LeBron without tearing everything down.

The Houston Rockets already have $76 million committed to next year’s roster. This does not include Capela, Paul, or Trevor Ariza. It would take some severely fancy footwork from Daryl Morey to make this work.