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LeBron having greatest season ever?

Will LeBron surpass MJ's record PER mark this season? (PER Diem: March 1, 2012)

Updated: March 1, 2012, 5:32 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
LeBron James Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesEnjoying his best season yet, LeBron James is taking aim at Michael Jordan's record PER mark again.

31.89.

That number may not mean much to many of you, but for those of us who track player efficiency rating it represents the hallowed mark of one Michael Jeffrey Jordan in 1987-88, the best mark in the game's modern history. (PER only tracks back to 1977-78, when the league began tracking individual turnovers. While we can estimate that it would have been really, really good, we don't know what Wilt Chamberlain's or Oscar Robertson's PER would have been without individual steals or blocks or offensive/defensive rebound splits.)

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