LeBron wins award for third straight month
CLEVELAND -- The NBA announced today that Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has been named the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month for games played in April 2016. This marks the 20th time a Cavs player has earned Player of the Month honors and James' 32nd, the most in NBA history. He is the only player in the NBA to win the award three times in 2015-16.
In the month of April, James appeared in five (4-1) of Cleveland's seven games and averaged an Eastern Conference-best 28.8 points on .656 (59-90) shooting from the field, including .563 (9-16) from the three-point line, .895 (17-19) from the foul line, 8.4 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 1.4 steals in 36.8 minutes per game. In addition to leading the East in points per game in April, James ranked first in field goals made (59), tied for third in plus/minus (+58), fourth in assists per game (7.8), fourth in field goal percentage (.656, minimum 10 FGM), fourth in total points scored (144) and 13th in rebounds per game (8.4).
He had the second-highest three-point percentage in the NBA among all players who attempted at least 10 shots from beyond the arc in April, while also being the only player in the league to average at least 20.0 points with a field goal percentage of .600 or better.
James registered two double-doubles and scored more than 30 points in three of his five outings in April. He was also the lone player in the NBA to average at least 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists for the second consecutive month. The 12-time NBA All-Star scored in double figures in each contest this month to extend his double-digit scoring streak to 717 games, the third-longest in league history, behind only Michael Jordan (866) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (787). Earlier in the month, the 6-8 forward climbed up the NBA's all-time scoring list, passing Oscar Robertson (26,710) for 11th place during an overtime win over Atlanta on April 1, and now has 26,833 points for his career.
In 76 games (all starts) this past season, James averaged an Eastern Conference-best 25.3 points (fifth in NBA) on .520 shooting from the field (14th in NBA), 7.4 rebounds, 6.8 assists (ninth in NBA) and 1.4 steals in 35.6 minutes per game. He has earned at least three Player of the Month awards in five different seasons (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2015-16). James and the Cavaliers had the best record in the East for the third time in franchise history at 57-25, which includes a 33-8 mark at Quicken Loans Arena.
Houston's James Harden won Player of the Month accolades for the Western Conference.
(Cleveland Cavaliers press release)