Heading into the NBA Finals for the fifth consecutive season, LeBron James says he has never played or felt better in his storied 12-year career.

James’ stats certainly reflect this belief—his scoring and assist numbers have gone up with each successive postseason round.

LeBron’s teammates say the mental aspect of his game is what sets him apart from everyone else.

Per ESPN:

“I think if you put it all together, yeah,” James said. “If you put everything together as far as my mind, my body, my game. If you put everything in one bottle, this is probably the best I’ve been.”

 

James will play in his fifth straight NBA Finals when the Cleveland Cavaliers open up Game 1 on the road against the Golden State Warriors (Thursday, 9 p.m. ET, ABC) after leading the Cavs through the first three rounds of the playoffs averaging 27.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 8.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. He was even better in the conference finals, putting up 30.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 9.0 assists in a four-game sweep of Atlanta.

 

Cavs teammate Kevin Love was asked to put James’ current level of play in perspective at practice Sunday. […] “I think it’s tough. Was he bouncier at one point? Physically, it’s tough to say,” Love said. “But as far as up here [mentally], I think he’s ahead of where he was. Being able to make everybody around him better, it’s a great quality. He doesn’t lack that at all. I think he’s truly done a phenomenal job with guys going down and helping others to play better.”