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We are witnessing The King’s next version — Catch-and-Shoot LeBron James

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It’s amazing how LeBron James is still doing LeBron James things at 36 years old. The man is such a freak athlete way ahead of his time, but LeBron's athleticism isn't the only ingredient to his longevity. The latest incarnation - LeBron as a catch-and-shoot 3-point shooter.

LeBron James’ new weapon

James’s weaknesses have always been outside shooting and free throws. He could cover those shortcomings up because he did other things at an elite level. It never became a real problem for LeBron because he still found ways to score or impact other areas of the game. But now that he’s entering the final stage of his career, James has unleashed the latest version of himself: a catch-and-shoot LeBron.

The latest feat makes James a true one-of-a-kind player. Usually, when ballers get old, they tend to develop and rely on outside shooting more. Just ask Ray Allen, Jason Kidd, and Tracy McGrady. James has found another gear in his game to help the Lakers overcome early-season struggles. 

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L.A. Lakers lack outside shooting, especially when two ball-dominant and rim-attackers like Russell Westbrook and King James share the floor. However, the team found ways to compete, and the stats show Brodie’s positive influence on James. 

Westbrook and James playing beautiful music together

As mentioned, Westbrook is responsible for 39% of James’ catch-and-shoot 3 point field goals. That’s the benefit of having a triple-double threat like Brodie on the court. He can attack the basket and attract the defense. Even if this is only the first time both James and Russell played with each other in the NBA, it seems they have been long-time teammates with the way they are playing. 

If James maintains his average on catch-and-shoot opportunities, he could prolong his career for maybe a few more years and get a chance to play with or against son Bronny. It’s a testament to how LeBron still finds ways to compete and help his team to win. Will he become an elite shooter like Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry? Probably not. But this is once again a reminder to everyone to appreciate LeBron James while he’s still around. 

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