Like Lebron: Other NBA Superstars Who Returned to Original Team

By Jim Liao, Epoch Times
July 11, 2014 5:56 pm Last Updated: July 11, 2014 5:56 pm

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: ????