Since he first played with USA Basketball in 2001, LeBron James has played on 11 USA Basketball teams, has appeared in 68 games and has compiled 979 points (14.4 ppg.) and 281 (4.1 rpg.) rebounds. All told, USA teams with LeBron James on the roster have compiled a 63-6 win-loss record for a 91.3 winning percentage.
LeBron James first played with USA Basketball at the 2001 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival following his sophomore season at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (Akron, Ohio). Against participants who mostly had completed their junior year of high school, James averaged 24.0 points per game, which tied with Carmelo Anthony for a Festival high, and he ranked second in steals (2.0 spg.) and 3-point percentage (.478, 11-23 3pt FGs) and fifth in rebounding (7.2 rpg.).
At the 2001 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival, LeBron James finished with game-highs of 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the North team to an 83-82 win over the East in the festival’s gold medal game. James is in the first row, third from the left.
As a member of the 2004 USA Basketball Men's National Team, LeBron James helped the USA to a 5-1 record in its pre-Olympic training. He played in five games and averaged 5.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game and shot 47.6% from the field.
LeBron James was 19 years, seven months and 13 days old when the 2004 Olympics opened on Aug. 13, making him the youngest USA male basketball player to participate in the Olympics since Spencer Haywood in 1968. (Haywood was 19 years, five months and 26 days old.)
As a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team, which won the bronze medal, LeBron James played in all eight games and averaged 5.4 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game and shot 59.4% from the field.
In 2006, LeBron James (right) helped lead the USA National Team to a 5-0 record during its pre-World Cup tour, and he averaged 15.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.
As a tri-captain of the 2006 USA World Cup Team, LeBron James helped the USA to an 8-1 record and bronze medal in Japan.
LeBron James (right) was the only U.S. player to play and start in all nine games at the 2006 FIBA World Cup, and he finished as the USA's third-leading scorer with 13.9 points per game in a team-high 24.2 minutes per game. He is pictured here with Carmelo Anthony.
In the USA men’s World Cup single-competition records, LeBron James is tied for No. 4 in assists (37 in 2006) and tied for No. 9 field goals made (53 in 2006). And, in the USA men’s World Cup career record book, he is tied for sixth in assists (37 in 2006).
In the 2007 State Farm USA Basketball Challenge, LeBron James recorded 18 points, five assists, two rebounds and two blocked shots in 23 minutes for the USA White, which fell 105-104.
As a member of the 2007 USA FIBA Americas Championship Team that finished 10-0, LeBron James won gold and qualified the United States men for the 2008 Olympics. He started in all 10 games and averaged a team second-best 18.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, a team-leading 4.7 assists and a team second-best 1.5 steals while playing a team-leading 22.2 minutes per game.
At the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, LeBron James scored in double digits in nine of the 10 games, including 31 points in gold medal victory over Argentina and 27 points in a second-round win over Argentina.
LeBron James was a member of the 2008 USA National Team that finished its pre-Olympic tour with a 5-0 record.
LeBron James appeared in his second Olympic Games as a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team that finished 8-0 and won the gold medal in Beijing.
At the 2008 Olympics, LeBron James (left) started in all eight wins and averaged 15.5 points. 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. He is pictured here with Chris Paul.
LeBron James played with the 2012 USA National Team, which finished its pre-Olympic tour with a 5-0 record. He started in all five games and averaged a team-best 18.6 points per game to go with 4.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game.
As a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team that finished 8-0 and won the gold medal, LeBron James started in all eight contests and averaged a team third-best 13.3 points per game to go with 5.6 rebounds, a team-high 5.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He shot 60.3% (44-73 FGs) from the field.
Among all competitors at the 2012 Olympic Games, LeBron James ranked No. 2 in assists (45), No. 7 in assists averaged (1.4) and No. 9 in points (106) and field goal percentage (.603).
In the quarterfinal game against Australia on Aug. 8, LeBron James finished with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists for the first triple-double in U.S. Olympic history and just the second triple-double in the Olympics overall (since assists were kept as an official statistic in 1976).
With the USA trailing Lithuania 82-80 in the fourth quarter of preliminary round play at the 2012 Olympics, LeBron scored nine of his 20 points in the last four minutes to help the U.S. to a 99-94 win.
LeBron James was named the 2012 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.
LeBron James is one of just three U.S. male players to play on three Olympic teams, representing the red, white and blue in 2004, 2008 and 2012. (The others are Carmelo Anthony – 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016; and David Robinson – 1988, 1992 and 1996.)
In the U.S. Olympic men’s career record book, LeBron James is No. 1 for assists (88); tied for No. 2 with David Robinson for most games played (24); is No. 3 in points (273) and rebounds (95); is tied for No. 3 in steals (36); No. 4 in field goals attempted (188) and 3-point field goals attempted (58); tied for No. 4 in 3-point field goals made (22); No. 5 in field goals made (78); and tied for No. 5 in blocked shots (10).
In the U.S. Olympic men’s single-game record book, LeBron James is tied for No. 1 in assists (12 vs. Australia on Aug. 8, 2012).
In the U.S. Olympic men’s single-competition record book, LeBron James is No. 4 for assists (45 in 2012) and is tied for No. 5 for steals (19 in 2008).
LeBron James was named on Feb. 10, 2020, as a finalist for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team, and after the Olympics were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, James remains in contention for next summer’s Olympic roster.
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