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LeBron James - #20

LeBron James is living proof that age is just a state of mind. During his first five years in the league, this 23-year-old man-child has virtually rewritten the NBA's record books by becoming the youngest player to average 30 points per game in a season, the youngest player to score 50 points in a game and the youngest player to score 10,000 points in his career. As impressive as his achievements may be, the best is still yet to come for this fresh-faced phenom as he attempts to guide his Cleveland Cavaliers back to the Finals for the second time in three years.

2008's Claim to Fame: LeBron James was on the 2008 Olympic gold-winning basketball team and helped bring the Cavaliers to their third-consecutive playoffs.


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