December 5, 2015, 7:05 am
LeBron James tied a season-high with 37 points on 13-of-29 shooting (1-of-5 3PTs, 10-of-11 FTs), seven rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block in Friday’s overtime loss to the Pelicans.
LeBron’s 3.5 turnovers per game aren’t offset by enough goodness to keep him at a first round value in 9-cat leagues, but his No. 12 rank in 8-cat leagues is starting to pay off for owners. He needs to keep improving his field goal percentage and he has turned around a nasty start at the foul line, and his defensive stats are a bit down as well. He’s also up by about a field goal attempt per game and that will probably go away when Kyrie Irving returns. When that happens, owners should hope that he gets more efficient and has more energy for the defensive side of the ball. It will be his key to meeting and/or beating his mid-first round ADP.