Over the last decade, LeBron James has been the unanimous best player in the world. He dominates the game on both sides of the ball and has four MVPs to his name. James has won 2 NBA championships while winning Finals MVP honors both times. He’s been selected as an all-star 11 times, has been on the 1st Team All NBA 9 times and an All-NBA Defensive Team selection 5 times. There is no doubting that James is the best player in the world right now and has already left his mark on the league. The question is, what would a 4th loss in the Finals do to LeBron's legacy?
As soon as James retires, he will be a first ballot hall of famer and have his name near the top of the list of the NBA’s greatest players. He will no doubt be in the conversation with legends like Jordan, Chamberlain, Bryant, and Magic. As great as LeBron is, the biggest knock against his career is his shortcomings in the NBA Finals. If LeBron loses the finals this year to the Warriors and falls to 2 for 6 on the NBA’s biggest stage, LeBron should still be considered one of the greatest of all time. Here's why:
James has dominated the league for the past decade, wreaking havoc on opponents with his wide array of skills. LeBron James is a truly amazing talent. As soon as he joins a team's roster, that team is an immediate contender for the title. He took an abysmal Cavaliers squad to the Finals in 2007, only to fall to the Spurs. Reaching the Finals with that team was an awesome feat by LeBron, because the next year, without LeBron, the Cavaliers were the WORST team in the NBA. That's right, LeBron James was able to take the worst team in the NBA to the Finals.
This year, which marks LeBron's 6th trip to the Finals since 2007, James is without Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving and is almost single handedly keeping the Cavaliers alive. He is having a series for the record books, averaging nearly a triple double with 36.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game. Playing like he is, LeBron has many wondering whether he could be the second player to ever win Finals MVP despite not winning the Championship. No matter what happens on Tuesday night, at the end of his career, LeBron James should be considered one of the top 5 best to ever play the game.