NBA players start declining at age 25

12/23/09 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

From the article:
"NBA players peak at 24 years old and basically stay at that level until they turn 25, at which point they start declining, according to a study by Dave Berri, a professor of economics at Southern Utah University. Mr. Berri's research, which examined every player from 1977-2008, says the statistical output of the average 24-year-old is equal in value to six wins per season for his team if he plays 35 minutes a night. From then on, the average player keeps getting worse each year until age 35, at which point he begins costing his team wins."

Apparently, LeBron James is already down a bit from last year. Does this really mean that LeBron is already on the decline, despite the fact that he'll be one of the league's elite players for the next 5-10 years?

It's a bit crazy to think that LeBron's best days could be behind him.
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