Originally Posted by warriorfan
When your supposed "power forward" takes on those responsibilities of your guard, while not giving (other things) worthy of a power forward... This is where you can officially label your "power forward" as giving you "empty stats".
I see exactly what you're saying here - Lebron's plays PG, but still starts at forward - essentially, all of Lebron's teams have 2 point guards
- Lebron, and the actual PG (Mo Williams, Kyrie, Chalmers).
Incidentally, PG's typically score by themselves without being assisted by another player - compared to all the other positions, PG's have abnormally low assisted rates.. Accordingly, Lebron's presence as a 2nd point guard in the starting lineup reduces the assist/playmaking capacity of the team, since there is now a 2nd player that teammates don't get to assist very often.. And obviously, teammates are more restricted from playmaking on Lebron's teams because between Lebron and the actual PG, they hog all the playmaking responsibilities.
Considering Lebron's teams have TWO guys (PG's) that monopolize/hog the playmaking duties while also being low-assisted players, it's no surprise that the APG and assist % of Lebron's teammates
goes down alongside Lebron, which results in all of Lebron's teams
having very low assist frequency.
Ultimately, the monopolization/hogging of playmaking duties by the 2 point guards, prevents Lebron's teams from running equal-opportunity offenses where all 5 teammates share in the playmaking responsibilities like the Spurs, Warriors, or 90's Bulls
.. Since Lebron prevents his teams from playing the best brand of basketball, equal or less-talented opponents pull upsets by playing a better
brand of basketball (2009, 2011, 2014).