Editor's note: This is Insider's weekly series that identifies and analyzes tendencies or trends exhibited by five players.
Was 2012 a bigger year for anyone in the NBA other than LeBron James? OK, maybe Jeremy Lin, but other than that one possible exception, it's difficult to overlook the significance of last year for James.
He overcame the struggles and disappointment of the 2011 postseason and the resentment that came from "The Decision" to lead Miami to a world championship, shedding the monkey from his back and solidifying his legacy in the process.
In this week's TrendWatch, we go back and take a closer look at some of the improvements James has made to his game in recent years and why they could be so important for the Heat's title chances this season.
LeBron James | PF | Miami Heat
Trend: shooting better than ever