“I get jealous sometimes when I look over at KD and he’s like 16-for-32 (from the field) and then 14-for-34. … Man,” James told ESPN.com’s Tom Haberstroh.
James is averaging 26 points per game, his lowest average since his rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers when he averaged 20.9 points off 16.1 shot attempts per game – tied for 18th in the league. Durant is third with 19.4 attempts.
“First of all, you have to have an unbelievable mindset to get up 30 shots,” James said (via ESPN.com). “I always think about it, though. If I get up high-20s, 30 shots a game, what could I do today, with the way I’m playing?”
James is shooting a career high 59.1 percent from the field and explained that he’s “not much of a forced-shot guy” but still wonders why there are games where he doesn’t attempt more shots.
“There are games where I have it going, and then at the end of the game, I’m like, damn, I shot just 12-for-16? Why don’t I get up at least six or seven more? I definitely notice it,” he said (via ESPN.com).
James last led the league in shots per game in 2008, when he won the NBA scoring title.