Like Lebron: Other NBA Superstars Who Returned to Original Team
Like Lebron: Other NBA Superstars Who Returned to Original Team
(AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

(AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 23: Former Philadelphia 76ers player Allen Iverson walks onto the court to deliver the game ball before the game against the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on May 23, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 23: Former Philadelphia 76ers player Allen Iverson walks onto the court to deliver the game ball before the game against the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on May 23, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

MILWAUKEE - 1970:  Elvin Hayes #11 of the San Diego Clippers watches against the Milwaukee Bucks during the 1970 season at the MECCA Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1970 NBAE (Photo by Vernon Biever/NBAE via Getty Images)

MILWAUKEE - 1970: Elvin Hayes #11 of the San Diego Clippers watches against the Milwaukee Bucks during the 1970 season at the MECCA Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1970 NBAE (Photo by Vernon Biever/NBAE via Getty Images)

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 25:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at US Airways Center on April 25, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Spurs defeated the Suns 110-106.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 25: Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at US Airways Center on April 25, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Spurs defeated the Suns 110-106. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

OAKLAND, CA - 1994:  Chris Webber #4 of the Golden State Warriors goes for a dunk against the Dallas Mavericks during the NBA game in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1994 NBAE  (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

OAKLAND, CA - 1994: Chris Webber #4 of the Golden State Warriors goes for a dunk against the Dallas Mavericks during the NBA game in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1994 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lebron is making a big hoopla for returning to Cleveland, but he’s not the only high profile player to return to his original team.

Below are other superstars who left their original team for whatever reason, only to return later.

Below we analyze two points:

  1. Why and at what point in their careers these players left and returned.
  2. Their effectiveness as players before they left and after they returned.

Allen Iverson

Why and when he left: Trade, 11th season

Why and when he returned: Free agency, 14 season

Stats the season before leaving: 31.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 7.3apg, 2.2spg

Stats the season following return: 13.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.1apg, .7spg

Elvin Hayes

Why and when he left: Trade, following 4th season

Why and when he returned: Trade, 14th season

Stats the season before leaving: 25.2 ppg, 14.6rpg, 3.3apg

Stats the season following return: 16.1ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.8apg

Chris Webber

Why and when he left: Trade, following 1st season

Why and when he returned: Free Agency, 15th season

Stats the season before leaving: 17.5ppg, 9.1rpg, 3.6apg, 2.2bpg

Stats the season following return: 3.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.0apg, .7bpg

Steve Nash

Why and when he left: Trade, following 2nd season

Why and when he returned: Free agency, 9th season

Stats the season before leaving: 9.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.4apg, .8spg

Stats the season following return: 15.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 11.5apg, 1.0spg

Lebron James

Why and when he left: Free agency, following 7th season

Why and when he returned: Free agency, 12 season

Stats the season before leaving: 29.7ppg, 7.3rpg, 8.6apg, 1.6spg, 1.0bpg

Stats the season following return: ????

 

 

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