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Miami Heat: LeBron James Keeps Getting Better

LeBron James

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LeBron James has been great for such a long time that we sometimes forget just how much he has improved every single year he has been in the NBA. The Miami Heat superstar developed a post game he didn’t have when he was younger, improved his shot selection and is constantly striving to become a complete player.

James is shooting 55.6% from the field this year, a number that he has increased for seven straight years. In the 2006-07 season he averaged 47.6% in field goal percentage, and has managed to improve that figure every season since then.

In a way, it all makes sense. When an athletically gifted player with superstar potential enters the league, you can expect him to take some ill-advised shots. As the player grows and matures, his shot selection generally does as well. However, James himself credits his hard work in the off-season as the main reason for his steady development:

“It’s not about being a smarter player, I’ve always been intelligent and had a high basketball IQ. It’s just my game has improved. I’ve worked on my game each and every summer and I implement what I do in summer time to the game floor and it works. I understand I’m more efficient, I don’t take as many…You know when you are younger you take bad shots, you take fadeaway shots, contested shots, but you just learn from those moments and continue to get better.”

-LeBron James

James has time and again shown that he doesn’t need to jack up 20 or more shots per game to have an immense impact on a game. Instead he opts to read what the defense gives him and make the players around him better.

Miami’s last three games are a perfect example of just how efficient James can be. In these games, James has only taken 16, 14 and 18 shots, yet he has managed to score 30+ points in all of the contests, shooting 70% from the field.

At 28 years of age, LeBron is considered to be at his prime, or at least very close to that. One thing is certain – James is not showing any signs of decline or an intention to slow down, as we continue to be amazed by his ongoing growth.

Vytis is a Miami Heat columnist at RantSports.com. You can follow him on twitter for all the latest news and updates on the Heat and the NBA: @VytisLasaitis