During his senior year of high school, LeBron James averaged 31.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 4.6 assists.
Less than a year later, he stepped onto an NBA basketball court, faced off against a team of professionals that would go on to post a 55-27 record, in a nationally televised game and scored 25 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished out 9 assists. He would go on to average 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists over his rookie season.
My question is this: If he was able to do all that in the NBA, why didn’t he average 75 points and 30 rebounds a game in high school? I realize assists might be hard to pile up because they’re dependent on your teammates and that the high school game is shorter than the NBA game. But points and rebounds? Given that just a few short months removed from high school, he went up against elite NBA-caliber competition and put up above-average statistics, I’m surprised he didn’t put up incomprehensible numbers against high school kids.