LeBron James Bio: Early Life, Basketball Career & Net Worth

Hailed as one of the greatest players in the National Basketball Association (NBA) history, LeBron James is an absolute delight to watch on the court.

His name is taken along the greatest basketballers of all time like Micheal Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, etc. Even the most obscure watchers of the game can see his gameplay’s sheer excellence in each of his games.

LeBron James
LeBron James

LeBron Raymone James Sr., better known as LeBron James, is currently playing for the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Lakers.

Let’s look at some of the quick facts about one of the greatest players of the NBA.

Quick Facts:

Full NameLeBron Raymone James Sr.
Birth DateDecember 30, 1984
Birth PlaceAkron, Ohio, United States
Nick NameLeBron, King James,  The Chosen One, Bron Bron, The Akron Hammer,
ReligionChristian
NationalityAmerican
EthnicityAfrican
EducationSt.Vincent, St.Mary’s
HoroscopeCapricorn
Father’s NameAnthony McClelland
Mother’s NameGloria Marie James
SiblingsNone
Age36 Years Old
Height6 ft 9 in (2.06m)
Weight113 kgs (250 lb)
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBlack
BuildAthletic
ProfessionBasketball player
Current TeamLos Angeles Lakers
PositionSmall forward/ Power Forward
TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

Miami Heat

Cleveland Cavaliers

Jersey Number#23 ( Los Angeles Lakers)
Drafted Year2003 (Round: 1 / Pick: 1)
Active Years2003 – present
Marital StatusSavannah Brinson
ChildrenThree; Bronny James, Bryce James, Zhuri James
SalaryExact figure unknown
Net WorthAround $450 million
Social MediaInstagramTwitter
 

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Where is LeBron James from? Childhood, Early Youth, Early Basketball Career

LeBron James was born in Akron, Ohio, the United States, to parents Gloria Marie James and an ex-criminal Anthony McClelland.

LeBron James had a rough childhood. Life was a struggle for his young mom and himself as they constantly shifted from apartment to apartment in dodgy, unsafe neighborhoods.

Despite constantly struggling between two jobs and not having a stable job, LeBron James‘ mother tried her best to shield him from the negativity, hunger, and general challenging status.

When she realized that he would be safer and better raised at the home of a coach, she let him live with the family of Mr.Frank Walter, a local youth football coach.

LeBron James as a Child
LeBron James as a child.

LeBron and his basketball journey began when he was in the fifth grade. He played the Amateur Athletic Union(AAU) basketball for the Northeast Ohio Shooting Stars.

The team turned out pretty successful, and he, along with his friends, decided to study in the same high school. James, Sian Cotton, Dru Joyce III, and Willie McGee joined St. VincentSt.Mary High School, a predominantly white school.

High School Career

LeBron James was an excellent player, and that was an obvious fact to whoever watched him play. He had an average of 21 points and 6 rebounds in his freshman year.

Sophomore year was a fruitful year for James. He finished at an average of 25.2 points and 7.2 rebounds with 5.8 assists and 3.8 steals per game.

James won the title of Ohio Mr.Basketball and was selected to the USA Today All-USA First Team. He was the first-ever sophomore to do either of the two.”Slam” Magazine and its writer Ryan Jones spoke highly of him,

“the best high school basketball player in America right now”

James also appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrator, again, the only high-school basketball player. He was also the first-ever junior to be named the Gatorade National Player of the Year.

Moreover, he also won the Ohio Mr.Basketball and USA Today All-USA First Team again because of his overall average of 29 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 3.3 steals per game.

LeBron James in High School Team
LeBron James in the High School Team

His high school finished their season with a loss in the Divison II championship game. He did not qualify in the 2002 NBA Draft as a result of this loss. He filed a petition to change the NBA’s drafting eligibility rules unsuccessfully to enter the 2002 NBA Draft.

Football

LeBron James was unsurprisingly good at football too. He played as the wide receiver for his high school’s football team.

LeBron was even recruited by the Division I program of Notre Dame. He was named the first-team all-state, and he also helped the team reach the state semi-finals.

Sports analysts, football critics, his high school coaches, past and current players all concluded that James could have easily played in the National Football League if he had tried.

LeBron James | Age, Height and Body Measurements

Having born in the year 1984 makes James 35 years old at the time of writing. Similarly, LeBron celebrates his birthday every year on the 30 of December under the sign of Capricorn. Also, this sign is known for being talented, ambitious, confident, and passionate.

LeBron James
LeBron James stands 6 ft 9 in (2.06m) tall. 

Moreover, he stands at a towering height of 6 ft 9 in (2.06m) and weighs 113 kgs (250 lb). Being a player, James has a broad and impressive physique,

As for his body measurements, James’s chest measures 46 inches (116 cm), biceps measure 17 inches (43 cm), and waist measures 36 inches (91 cm).  

Likewise, his hand length is 9/9.25 inches, which is less than average for somebody at his height. Other than that, LeBron has black hair and black eyes that give him an intimidating aura.

What does LeBron James‘ diet consist of?

LeBron’s diet is every bit as epic as the man himself. He starts his day with a meal full of protein and fruit. Likewise, his breakfast consists of egg white omelets, berries and yogurt, and some gluten-free pancakes.

For snacks, LeBron likes to have fruits. So he usually eats fruits, yogurt, apples, almond butter, and protein powder.

Before his game starts, LeBron focuses on low-fat proteins and more carbs. So, he usually eats veggies, whole-wheat pasta, and chicken breast.

When the game is over, LeBron usually takes a protein shake. Or, if he wants to continue the healthy trend, he usually eats chicken breast, broccoli, or a salad.

For Dinner, James eats filet mignon, lobster tail, or some chicken Parmesan with a glass of wine. Not to mention LeBron is a wine lover. His Instagram handle is mostly filled with pictures of wine, with the caption #VinoChronicles.

LeBron James | Professional Career

Rookie Season

In the first overall draft by his hometown team, LeBron James was selected, the Cleaveland Cavaliers, in the 2003 NBA Draft.

He debuted with an impressive record-breaking score of 25 points in a game against the Sacramento Kings by a prep to pro player.

Eventually, he won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and the first in the Cleveland Cavaliers to have won the award.

LeBron James for the Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James for the Cleveland Cavaliers

James received his NBA All-Star Game selection in 2004 – 05. He contributed 13 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists—the Eastern Conference.

Many people noticed his rapid developments and called him a great player and an exception to all the rules. He scored 56 points in a single game and broke the record of Cleveland against the Toronto Raptors.

LeBron led the East to the victory in the 2006 All-Star Game and got named the NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player. He also got the most votes for the Most Valuable Player Award voting after Steve Nash.

LeBron James for Cleveland
LeBron James for Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers qualified for the playoffs under the leadership of LeBron James for the first time since 1998. The Cavaliers eventually lost to Detroit Pistons. James’s performance in 2007 dropped, and sports analysts cited the lack of effort and focus.

However, in-game 5 of the NBA Conference Finals, James scored an impressive 48 points with 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and scoring 29 of Cleveland’s 30 points.

That game is lauded as one of the best games in the history of postseason games. NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable player for the 2007-08 season was bagged by LeBron James as well.

Despite playing brilliantly and securing individual accomplishments, the Cleaveland Cavaliers’ performances dropped.

2008 – 2010: MVP Seasons

James finished second in the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award voting and secured a position in his first NBA All-Defensive Team in the 2008- 09 season.

LeBron led the Cleaveland Cavaliers to win the franchise record 66 – 16 and was just one game short of matching the NBA history’s best home record. He was also the first Cavalier to win the MVP award.

LeBron for Cleaveland
LeBron for Cleveland

The Cavaliers evidently became a fantastic team with James there. He became extremely popular. Even when he had to limit his responsibilities due to minor injuries, the Cavaliers did a fantastic job keeping their record.

They finished with the best record for the second time in a row. During this time, LeBron’s game saw a significant rise in his numbers.

He was at an average of 29.7 scores, 7.3 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1 block per game on 50% shooting. This made him in the line for another MVP Award.

LeBron James for Cavaliers
LeBron James for Cavaliers

LeBron James was heavily criticized for his horrible gameplay at the fifth game of the playoffs and was booed by the Cavaliers’ home crowd as he walked off the court after the embarrassing loss.

Miami Heat

After LeBron James became a free agent in 2010, several teams were contacted, like the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, New Jersey Mets, etcetera.

He decided to sign with the Miami Heats on a live show from ESPN called “The Decision” and raised about $2.5 million for charity.

James became a subject of intense criticism by the sports analysts, executives, and fans, after The Decision and was scrutinized for the unnecessary show and suspense.

No one, not even the teams that wanted him knew about his final choice. He quickly became one of the most disliked athletes in the country.

LeBron James for the Miami Heat
LeBron James for the Miami Heat

LeBron’s games became more and more aggressive with his game. Heats and James became the villain in the NBA. He faced the Cleaveland Cavaliers and led the Heats to win the match.

The Heat finished second at the East seed. LeBron James put on a pretty average game later and, as a result, lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the finals.

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Not only did James receive criticism for his performance and the Heat’s loss, but he was also abashed by the loss and started training and practicing more in the offseason with Hakeem Olajuwon.

James in Miami Heat
James in Miami Heat

Miami Heat began their season with a franchise-best record of 18 – 6. He also became NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the third time with an average of 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists, and 1.9 steals per game on 52 percent shooting.

Despite losing a teammate with injuries, James’s performance did not falter. He was continuously playing an excellent game and led the Heats to its second championship and James’ first.

The New York Times defined the match as:

a career defining performance for LeBron James

James has also been voted the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player for his average of 29.7 points and 7.8 assists per game. Miami eventually finished the season with the franchise as well as the league-best. LeBron won the MVP for the fourth time.

Final Season in Miami

James performed exceptionally well in the final season with the Miami Heat. He scored a career-high and a franchise record of 61 points against Charlotte Bobcats.

LeBron in action for the Miami Heat
LeBron in action for the Miami Heat

James helped Miami defeat Brooklyn Nets, Pacers, etc. His leg cramps prevented him from playing in a match against the Spurs, which he eventually lost. His average for the finals was 28.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game.

Return to the Cavaliers

His return to the Cavaliers was well responded to by everyone. Along with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, he created new records and achievements for himself and the Cavaliers.

He became the MVP unanimously and also won the championship for the Cleaveland Cavaliers. It was their first-ever championship.

Cleveland's LeBron James
Cleveland’s LeBron James

Moreover, 2016 – 2017 was full of injuries for James and unexpected losses for the Cavaliers. LeBron describes the season as the most strange year of his career.

He finished the season with a below-average performance of 26.4 points, albeit with a career-high of 8.6 rebounds, 8.7 assists, 4.1 turnovers per game.

Los Angeles Lakers

After winning the Cavaliers championship, James did not renew the contract and later went on to join the Los Angeles Lakers. The decision received mixed criticisms, but none were as harsh as after his first departure from the Cavaliers.

LeBron for Lakers
LeBron in Lakers Jersey.

The Lakers expected James to take their team to the championship. James missed the first playoffs since 2005 after a groin injury as the Los Angeles Lakers could not make it without him.

He was ruled out for the season after playing a match or two in the 2018-2019 season. It was also the first time in 12 years that he did not play in the All-NBA Third Team.

In the 2020 season, James led the Lakers with a good start, matching their franchise-best of 17 – 2. In early March, the Lakers won against the Milwaukee Bucks in a matchup, followed by winning against the Clippers. 

James for Lakers
James for Lakers

The season was then suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. LeBron led the Lakers to the NBA finals in the postseason and was named the Finals MVP for the fourth time.

Later, the Lakers won the championship, making James the fourth player to win the championship in three different franchises.

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National Team Career

For the first time in the 2004 Athens Olympics, LeBron played for the USA team, but he was mostly benched.

He competed in the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan again with a greater role. James also competed in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship 2007 and 2008 and 2012 Olympic teams.

How many NBA Finals has LeBron James played in?

LeBron James has played in the NBA Finals ten times in 18 years. Have a look at his NBA finals record and appearances:

  • 2007 Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs ( Loss to Spurs 0-4)
  • 2011 Finals: Dallas Mavericks vs. Heat ( Loss to Mavericks 2-4)
  • 2012 Finals: Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Won against Thunder 4-1)
  • 2013 Finals: San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat ( Won against Spurs 4-3)
  • 2014 Finals: Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs ( Loss to Spurs 1-4)
  • 2015 Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors (Loss to Warriors 2-4)
  • 2016 Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors (Won against Warriors 4-3)
  • 2017 Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors (Loss to Warriors 0-4)
  • 2018 Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors (Loss to Warriors 1-4)
  • 2020 Finals: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat (Won against Heat 4-2)

LeBron James | Career stats

 
Year
Team
GP
Min
Pts
FG%
3pt%
Reb
Ast
Stl
Blk
2020
Los Angeles Lakers
41
33.9
25.4
51.4
36.8
7.9
7.9
1.0
0.6
2019
Los Angeles Lakers
67
34.6
25.3
49.3
34.8
7.8
10.2
1.2
0.5
2018
Los Angeles Lakers
55
35.2
27.4
51.0
33.9
8.5
8.3
1.3
0.6
2017
Cleveland Cavaliers
82
36.9
27.5
54.2
36.7
8.6
9.1
1.4
0.9
2016
Cleveland Cavaliers
74
37.8
26.4
54.8
36.3
8.6
8.7
1.2
0.6
2015
Cleveland Cavaliers
76
35.6
25.3
52.0
30.9
7.4
6.8
1.4
0.6
2014
Cleveland Cavaliers
69
36.1
25.3
48.8
35.4
6.0
7.4
1.6
0.7
2013
Miami Heat
77
37.7
27.1
56.7
37.9
6.9
6.3
1.6
0.3
2012
Miami Heat
76
37.9
26.8
56.5
40.6
8.0
7.2
1.7
0.9
2011
Miami Heat
62
37.5
27.1
53.1
36.2
7.9
6.2
1.9
0.8
2010
Miami Heat
79
38.8
26.7
51.0
33.0
7.5
7.0
1.6
0.6
2009
Cleveland Cavaliers
76
39.0
29.7
50.3
33.3
7.3
8.6
1.6
1.0
2008
Cleveland Cavaliers
81
37.7
28.4
48.9
34.4
7.6
7.2
1.7
1.1
2007
Cleveland Cavaliers
75
40.4
30.0
48.4
31.5
7.9
7.2
1.8
1.1
2006
Cleveland Cavaliers
78
40.9
27.3
47.6
31.9
6.7
6.0
1.6
0.7
2005
Cleveland Cavaliers
79
42.5
31.4
48.0
33.5
7.0
6.6
1.6
0.8
2004
Cleveland Cavaliers
80
42.4
27.2
47.2
35.1
7.3
7.2
2.2
0.7
2003
Cleveland Cavaliers
79
39.5
20.9
41.7
29.0
5.5
5.9
1.6
0.7
Career
 
1,306
38.2
27.0
50.4
34.5
7.4
7.4
1.6
0.8

LeBron James | Awards and Achievements

  • 2001–2003: 3× Ohio Mr. Basketball 
  • 2002-2003:2× First-team Parade All-American, McDonald’s All-American Game MVP (2003), 2× national high school player of the year
  • 2004:NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA All-Rookie First Team 
  • 2005: All-NBA Second Team
  • 2006: NBA All-Star Game MVP 
  • 2007:All-NBA Second Team
  • 2008: NBA scoring champion, NBA All-Star Game MVP 
  • 2009-2013: 5× NBA All-Defensive First Team, 4×NBA Most Valuable Player 
  • 2012: USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year, Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year, NBA Finals MVP, NBA champion
  • 2013: AP Athlete of the Year, NBA Finals MVP, NBA champion
  • 2014:NBA All-Defensive Second Team
  • 2016:Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year, AP Athlete of the Year, NBA Finals MVP, NBA champion
  • 2017: J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award 
  • 2018: AP Athlete of the Year, NBA All-Star Game MVP 
  • 2019: All-NBA Third Team
  • 2020:Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year, Time Athlete of the Year, AP Athlete of the Year, NBA assists leader, NBA Finals MVP, NBA champion 
  • 2006, 2008–2018, 2020: 13× All-NBA First Team 
  • 2005–2021: 17× NBA All-Star

Is LeBron James married? Personal Life & Wife

LeBron is happily married to his wife, Savannah Brinson. James and Savannah met back in high school and started dating each other since then. Interestingly, during senior year in high school, Savannah discovered she was pregnant with James’ first child.

LeBron with Family
LeBron with his family.

Though that time, James was just in his rookie season. The couple decided to keep the child. In 2004 they welcomed their first child, a baby boy LeBron James Jr. nicknamed Bronny.

Later, LeBron and Savannah tied the knot in 2013. Moreover, the couple is also blessed with two additional children a son Bryce James ( born in 2007), and a daughter Zhuri James, (born in 2014).

LeBron James | Net worth and Income

James’ net worth is estimated to be around $500 million and is expected to gross over $1 billion over his entire carer. He receives $100 million as an average annual salary and about $52 million from several endorsement deals.

Moreover, LeBron also has multiple properties, including a $9 million home in Florida and a $21 million home in Los Angeles. James’s is one of the world’s highest-paid athletes.

Social Media Presence:

Instagram: 81.3M followers

Twitter: 49.4M followers

Some FAQs: 

What age could LeBron James dunk?

Lebron James first dunked when he was 13 years old; he was 6 feet 1 inch tall at the time.

Did LeBron James retire?

LeBron James is still playing and has not been retired. However, James once told in media that he’d retire before turning 46 because his wife would get mad if he played that long. He said,

I don’t think that I can go until I’m 46. We can go from 26 to 36, but I don’t think I can go to 46. I also don’t think my wife would like that very much,”  

How many rookie cards does LeBron James have?

LeBron has several autographed cards from his rookie season. However, there are just four Rookie Cards found on the main part of a product’s checklist. Likewise, they start with 2003-04 SPx, which also includes a jersey swatch.

What is the LeBron James logo?

LeBron’s James logo was created in 2003 when he signed a contract with Nike to produce shoes and other apparel featuring his name and logo.

LeBron James logo
LeBron James logo.

What is the total point of LeBron James?

LeBron James has scored total points of 35,283 in the NBA. He is ranked as the top #3 scorer in NBA history.

What is LeBron James’ haircut called?

LeBron James Haircut is called Buzzcut with a little bit of funk and razor lines on the sides.

Does LeBron James wear glasses?

Yes, LeBron James is often seen wearing nerd eyeglasses and black frames eyeglasses.

What is LeBron James Jr ranking?

LeBron James Jr was ranked no. 24 in the nation by ESPN and no.30 in 247Sport’s rankings.

Is LeBron James a billionaire?

Not yet, but it is speculated that he will be after his entire career.

How many times did LeBron win the MVP Award?

LeBron won the MVP award four times.

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