Then vs. Now: Breakdown of LeBron James’ Career Trajectory Through the Years

November 5th, 2015 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »

When LeBron James debuted all the way back in 2003, he was just a fresh-faced teenager out of St. Vincent–St. Mary High School, attempting to live up to the massive hype that accompanied him as soon as he declared for the draft. Already gracing magazine covers, he was the future of professional basketball, and he didn't exactly fail to live up to those lofty expectations. 

Twelve years later, the NBA remains James' league, and that won't change in the foreseeable future. Even though the Association is brimming over with younger stars, he's still a leading face—not to mention a rather powerful figure in the Cleveland Cavaliers organization. 

"LeBron wants to be the guy that says, 'I was the one who brought a championship to Cleveland,'" Paul Silas, a former coach of the superstar, recently told Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher. "And if they win, he will be. He absolutely runs that team."

Even if James' status in the spotlight has remained constant, a lot has changed between then and now as James has transitioned from a rookie carrying the hopes of a generation into a dominant de facto player ...

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