20 Crazy Sports Stats From 2010: The Last Year Lebron Wasn’t In The NBA Finals
The 2016 NBA Finals is officially upon us, and Lebron James and his band of not-so-merry men are with him once again. Against all odds, King James is set to start his sixth NBA Finals in a row. If that sounds like a nearly impossible achievement to you, it's because it is.
James is the first player in professional sports to reach six Championship series/games since Bill Russell did it with the Boston Celtics dynasty in the 1960's. And what makes it even more impressive is the fact that he did it with two different teams. After reaching four straight NBA Finals with the Miami Heat, he returns to the Finals with the Cavaliers to face the Warriors for the second straight season.
It's been said before on this website (by me) that there is little doubt that the Warriors will win the NBA Finals. It would take James putting on one of the most legendary sports performances of all-time in order for the Cavaliers to get four wins against the far deeper Golden State team; which just so happens to be led by probably the greatest perimeter shooter the basketball world has ever seen.
Regardless of his chances of winning another ring this year, what Lebron has done is beyond impressive. There's no streak in sports quite like it, and the glory is all his own. There is no one team or system or coach alongside him to take any of the credit. The last time Lebron James wasn't in the NBA Finals was in 2010, when the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Boston Celtics in seven games.
So to really put his achievement into perspective, here is a list of 20 statistics and facts from that 2010 sports year.
The last year that Lebron James failed to lead his team to the NBA Finals...
1. The New Orleans Saints were reigning Super Bowl Champions.
2. Tyreke Evans was NBA Rookie of the Year.
3. Martin Brodeur led the NHL in wins (45) and games played (77).
4. Chris Johnson was the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year with the Tennessee Titans.
5. Amar'e Stoudemire led the NBA in 2-pt field goals.
6. The Kyle Singler-led Duke Blue Devils were NCAA National Champions, after beating Brad Steven's Butler Bulldogs.
7. Josh Hamilton was on his way to the MLB's best batting average on the season (.359).
8. Brett Favre and Donovan McNabb were Pro Bowlers.
9. Aaron Brooks led the NBA in 3-pt field goals.
10. Jeff Schultz (50) beat out Alex Ovechkin (45) in plus/minus for the NHL season.
11. Matt Schaub, Vince Young and David Garrard were all alternates at the Pro Bowl.
12. Jackie Bradley, Jr. at the University of South Carolina was named the Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series.
13. Dwight Howard led the NBA in field goal percentage and rebounds per game.
14. Fred Jackson led the NFL in all-purpose yards.
15. Roy Halladay was on his way to winning the NL Cy Young Award.
16. Steve Nash led the NBA in free throw percentage and assists per game.
17. Darren Sharper, Charles Woodson, Asante Samuel and Jairus Byrd led the NFL in interceptions (9).
18. Miles Austin (1,320) and Sidney Rice (1,312) were top five in receiving yards in the NFL.
19. Mark Ingram was the reigning offensive MVP of the BCS National Championship.
20. Henrik Sedin led the NHL in points (112) and assists (83).
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