Basketball analysts have frequently marveled at LeBron James’ ability to do much more than score. The reason he’s been the best player in the world for close to decade is that he’s a total complete player, chipping in with good defense, rebounds, steals, and especially finding open teammates for easy buckets.
He’s actually averaging 8.9 assists per game this season (up from his career average of 7.0), but none of them have been prettier than this bounce pass to teammate Derrick Williams, who converts the lay-up plus the foul. On a semi-fast break, James cuts left but then throws a no-look pass that goes between the legs of Timberwolves star Andrew Wiggins. The pass finds Williams, who was streaking across the baseline to the basket.
If that pass was thrown by any other player, we might merely assume it was a fluke bit of luck. Did LeBron intend to embarrass Wiggins with that pinpoint pass? Probably.
Oh, Cleveland won 116-108, if that matters. The real score of the night, though, was LeBron James 1, Andrew Wiggins 0.