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10 reasons LeBron James could be the best ever if he wins his third straight NBA championship

  • Jason Whitney

If LeBron James wins his third straight championship, will he be the best all-time?

LeBron James made the biggest decision of his career before the 2010-2011 season began. He left his hometown team of the Cleveland Cavaliers to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. He told fans that they were ready to work hard and bring multiple championships to South Beach. Well, they have already done that. In the three years they’ve been together, they have been to three consecutive NBA Finals and have won two straight titles. Now, they are within reach of their third straight championship and the question is arising more than it ever was: Is LeBron James the best basketball player ever?
Below, I have put together the top ten reasons to why he COULD be the best player ever. I am not saying he is or will be, just simply that he could be given these reasons:

1.) – After the 2013 NBA Finals, which the Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs, LeBron James won the Finals MVP Award. LeBron became only the third player in NBA history to win the MVP award for the regular season and the MVP award for the NBA Finals in multiple years. The only other two players to reach that achievement were Michael Jordan and Larry Bird.

2.) – LeBron James is only the third player to have four regular-season MVP awards, win two NBA titles and win two NBA Finals MVP Awards. He won the regular season MVP award in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. His two championships came in 2012 and 2013 with the Miami Heat, in which he also brought home his two NBA Finals MVP Awards. The only other two players to reach this achievement were Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

3.) – This next reason is actually really impressive and he is the only player to reach the achievement. LeBron James is the only player ever to win the NBA regular season MVP award, win the NBA Championship, win the NBA Finals MVP award and win an Olympic gold medal all in the same season. He did this in 2012 when he was with the Miami Heat and when Team USA won the gold medal in Beijing for the Olympics.

4.) – People mostly talk about LeBron James’ offensive game and how dominant it is. The thing that parts him from anyone else in the league is that he is the most versatile player in the league, a two-way player. In 2013, James was selected to the first team NBA All-Defensive team for the fifth straight year. It’s truly amazing how he can not only play any position on the floor, but defend any position on the floor. In last year’s Finals against the Spurs, he ended up guarding 6-foot-1 point guard Tony Parker, who is one of the quickest players in the league. In the Finals the year before against the Thunder, he guarded 6-foot-10 scoring machine Kevin Durant who has a 7 foot wingspan. His most memorable play of the 2013 Finals was his huge block against Tiago Splitter in Game 2 and then he also blocked Tim Duncan’s shot in Game 4.

5.) – His shot selection and shooting all together is truly amazing. In 2013, he shot a career best 56.5% from the field and then topped that statistic this season at 56.7%. He’s very consistent and knows what shots he needs to take to give his team the best chance to win. In 2012, he averaged 10.0 field goals per game. In 2013, he averaged 10.1 field goals per game and then this season, he averaged 10.0 field goals per game. His field goal percentage has increasingly gotten better every year since his 2006-2007 campaign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, when he shot 47.6%.
6.) – He fills the stat sheet. Most players are known for one or two things. He excels at every statistic and brings that with him every night. This season, he averaged 6.9 rebounds per game, 6.4 assists per game, 1.6 steals per game, 27.1 points per game and shot 57 percent from the field, 38 percent from long range and 75 percent from the free throw line. Last year, he averaged 8.0 rebounds per game, 7.3 assists per game, 0.9 blocks per game, 1.7 steals per game, 26.8 points per game and shot 57 percent from the field, 41 percent from long range and 75 percent from the free throw line.

7.) – He is one of the most clutch players in the league and is definitely the guy the Miami Heat want taking the last shot of the game. In Game 7 of the Finals last year, he hit two clutch mid-range jumpers in the fourth quarter of the game that helped seal the championship for the Heat. He constantly makes huge plays when the Miami Heat need it most, whether it’s a shot, dunk, block, steal, etc.

8.) – James is truly one of a kind. No other player is built like he is. He stands 6-foot-8 tall and weighs 260 pounds. He has the strength of a power forward and the speed of a point guard. For argument sake, he is Karl Malone with the skills of Magic Johnson. His career averages in rebounds and assists are better than Michael Jordan, his career scoring average is higher than Kobe Bryant. He truly brings every aspect of the NBA into one player. If you wanted to build the best player in the world, you would build LeBron James.

9.) – His durability is amazing. Most players go through times, or years, of their career unable to play due to injury. The stats I am about to use don’t include this season’s stats because I wanted to embark on his first ten seasons. In his 10-year career, he has played in 95% of his team’s regular-season games and has never missed a playoff game. He averaged 76.5 regular season games per season. Also in his first ten years, he has scored more than 21,000 points. Had he retired last year, he would’ve ranked tenth on the all-time playoff scoring list. If he keeps on his pace, which he should, he should crack the top ten all-time NBA scorers list in three years.

10.) – Lastly, let’s talk about his main competition. The talk is always between Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Before he moved to Miami, the main thing that put Michael Jordan above James is the ring factor. Everybody said if James had rings, there’s a good chance he would dethrone Jordan. Well, the tables have turned. James has two and is very close to three. Not to mention he still has plenty more years to play and he will most likely only play for winning teams. Safe to say that every year he plays will be a good chance to win a championship. James has rings and now that can’t be used as an excuse. It’s time to face it. LeBron James very well could be the best player ever now.
This is a guest post from Ron of FantasyBasketballMoneyLeagues.com. For more NBA news and updates, visit Fantasy Basketball Money Leagues today

 

This is a guest post from Ron of FantasyBasketballMoneyLeagues.com. For more NBA news and updates, visit Fantasy Basketball Money Leagues today

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