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The 25 greatest teen phenoms in all sports

Yardbarker Logo By Chris Mueller of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 25: His transcendence in the basketball world is widely acknowledged, and James delivered the goods from moment one in the NBA, rendering insufficient even the insane hype he had been receiving since his junior year of high school. Only two teenage rookies in NBA history managed to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game — James, and a player who might be making an appearance here shortly. Taking into account expectations and the degree to which he met them, there’s a case to be made that James is the greatest teenage phenom in sports history. Others have accomplished more within their respective sports, but one year of James was enough to know that something truly special was in the offing. James also gets bonus points for handling 24/7 media attention that no one else mentioned here had to deal with.

LeBron James

His transcendence in the basketball world is widely acknowledged, and James delivered the goods from moment one in the NBA, rendering insufficient even the insane hype he had been receiving since his junior year of high school. Only two teenage rookies in NBA history managed to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game — James, and a player who might be making an appearance here shortly. Taking into account expectations and the degree to which he met them, there’s a case to be made that James is the greatest teenage phenom in sports history. Others have accomplished more within their respective sports, but one year of James was enough to know that something truly special was in the offing. James also gets bonus points for handling 24/7 media attention that no one else mentioned here had to deal with.

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