The similarities between LeBron James and Oscar Robertson are stronger than most of the other players James passed on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
James now ranks 11th, one spot ahead of Robertson, after passing him on Friday night.
James and Robertson are both former No. 1 picks and Rookies of the Year. They’ve both earned All-NBA First Team honors nine times (though James will likely make it 10 very soon) and both have been named to 12 All-Star Games.
They're also the only players to average 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for a single postseason. Robertson did so in 1962-63 for the Cincinnati Royals, and James did so this past postseason.
James and Robertson are also 1-2 in NBA history in seasons averaging at least 25 points, five rebounds and five assists. James has done so 11 times (and this season will likely make 12). Robertson did it nine times.
Robertson does have one statistical note on his ledger that James will likely never claim. In 1961-62, he became the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double. And he does have an edge on James in terms of minutes per game. James has averaged 39 for his career. Robertson averaged 42, a total surpassed by only Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell).
Vincent Johnson contributed research to this story.