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LeBron James has scored his fair share of points so far this season. To date, he's averaging 26 points and putting up about 16 shots per game. But believe it or not, he thinks that he could score even more if he was given the opportunity. And during a recent interview with ESPN.com, King James admitted that he sometimes wishes he could shoot as often as Kevin Durant does.
"I do get jealous, I'm not gonna lie," he revealed. "I get jealous sometimes when I look over at KD and he's like 16-for-32 and then 14-for-34."
To be fair, KD has had a couple games this season that have featured him shooting more than 30 shots in a game (both of those games came within the last 10 days). But he "only" averages 19.2 shots per game, so it isn't a regular thing. In fact, a large portion of his points come from the free throw line. In addition to leading the league in points with 29.6 points per game, he's also leading the NBA in average free throws attempted (10.0) and free throws made (8.9) per game (LeBron averages 7.3 attempts from the charity stripe per game and 5.5 free throws made). So he's not just chucking up a ton of shots every game like LeBron seems to think he is. He's also taking a lot of trips to the free throw line.
Still, LeBron does have a point. If he really wanted to, he could probably take 35 shots every night like KD has done on occasion and average 50 or 60 points. But then, would the Heat be one of the best teams in the league? Eh, probably not. So there's really no need for him to be jealous of Durant. What he's doing is working, and it's helping his team win. So why bother complaining?
[via Bleacher Report]