One of 8 players in NBA history to ever win 3 MVP’s, one of 8 players in NBA history to score at least 2,000 points in seven straight seasons, one of 4 players in NBA history to average 20 points 5 rebounds and 5 assists in their rookie season. One of two players in NBA history to average 21 points 6 assists and 6 rebounds for six consecutive season, only behind Oscar Robertson, and finally the youngest player in NBA history to score 30 points in a game at 18 years and 334 days, and this list isn’t even exhaustive! Love him or hate him LeBron James at the age of 27 has already cemented his legacy as one of the all time greats. After finally capturing his much deserved NBA title LeBron has left no room for his critics to say that he can’t be mentioned in the same breath as Micheal Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, or Kobe Bryant. Granted its only one ring, but LeBron put the Miami Heat on his back, with a injured Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh during the season and postseason, and inconsistent bench, many thought that even if LeBron won a ring it wouldn’t be as significant because he’d be playing along two other great players. That argument was completely debunked by LeBron’s play this season, it was clear that it was LeBron’s team and it was even more clear that if it wasn’t for LeBron Miami wouldn’t have won the title this year. James made up for Dwyane inconsistent play at times and Bosh’s absence during the season. He covered many of Miami’s flaws. At 6-8 250 plus, the NBA has never seen a player like LeBron. Is he Jordan? No. Is heMagic? No. In my opinion he’s a mixture of both! He’s one of the best, if not the best passer the game has ever seen (with the exception of Magic), especially for a man his size. His chase down blocks, defensive prowess, rebounding, and ability to finish at the rim, is a combination of skills the league has never seen in one player before. James is only going to get better, his play in the paint has greatly improved, his jump shot is much better, and he even developed a nice push shot/ teardrop to his game. With these added dynamics to his game LeBron James will be more unstoppable next season. James is a unique player, the player of the decade and a player that more than deserves to be considered one of the top ten players to ever play. His ring only validates what we already knew, there will never be another player like James and to me that’s worthy enough to put him in the 10 to ever play.
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