First, for some breakdowns and analysis of Cavs issues, check out my Sunday column on why the Cavs need an offensive coordinator. I know that Terry Pluto and I have been on the Cavs a lot in the paper over the last couple of days, but the point is to point out to fans why the team is struggling. It is still a good club and it's going to make the playoffs, but after watching the Cavs fold over the last two seasons the media is responsible to the fans for painting an accurate picture.
Now, on to the topic of the day. I've been bickering with several Cavs officials and coaches recently about how many points LeBron James would be averaging if he were a junior in college right now. For the sake of argument, let's say he's playing at an ACC school. That's a high-scoring conference, I know.
It is the belief of some that LeBron would be averaging 40 points or more per game, perhaps as much as 45, considering his physical size and ability to get to the basket and finish. Considering players like J.J. Redick and Adam Morrison are averaging 27 points per game or whatever, some say LeBron would re-write all the scoring record books.
It is my belief that he would be averaging about the same as in the NBA, about 30 points per game considering he's a team-first player who would draw double teams. Also, because there's a 35-second clock and eight fewer minutes in the game, there are just simply fewer possessions. I've asked LeBron about it and he pretty much talked in circles, saying "It depends on what kind of team I'm on."
So, with all the conference tournaments getting going and college basketball's golden season upon us, let's have your opinion in the comments section below.
LATE ADD: As a FYI, LeBron averaged 30.4 points as a senior at St. Vincent-St. Mary.