LeBron is the certifiable greatest of all time in the National Basketball Association. I know, blasphemy, since apparently nobody can top Michael Jordan. But the thing is, LeBron already has.
LeBron was drafted in 2003 to his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers with the first overall pick. He was drafted above players like Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, among others. He was drafted straight out of high school as well, which shows just how naturally gifted the NBA thought he was in order to take him first overall in the draft with that loaded of a class.
He didn’t disappoint, either, he set the league on fire as he started all 79 games he played and averaged over 20 points a game for the season while just missing the playoffs by being at the 9th seed. For his efforts, he was rewarded with Rookie of the Year.
From there, LeBron has captured 3 NBA titles, 4 MVP’s (should be 5 but James Harden won), 15 all-star selections (including the 1st all-star game captain), and is a 15-time member of the all-NBA rosters. Let’s also not forget that he is a 6-time all-defensive member as well.
He is currently 4th all time in scoring behind only Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He is actually on pace to pass Kobe this season as well, as he is only 1,030 points behind him at the time of writing this. He is also going to be the only player with over 10,000 points, rebounds, and assists if he keeps this pace up for a couple more years.
Yes Jordan has the stats and the flash, but LeBron has been in the conversation for top 10 players in the league since just his second season, and has been the consensus best player since roughly 2009 up until just this season.
He has carried absolutely awful teams to the finals by putting them on his back and leading the charge. Like, he really took a team that had a starting 5 of George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, himself, Kevin Love, and Tristan Thompson to the finals in 2018, at 33 years old. The bench on that team consisted of Cedi Osman and Larry Nance Jr. among others. Just the next season, that team went 19-63 all because LeBron left.
There are many people who have different opinions on the subjects, and they think it’s all about the rings and the awards, but it’s not. Being the GOAT of the NBA is about being the player that affects your team and the league the most. Somebody who is able to adapt with the times and still continue to be great. That has been the story of LeBron’s career, as he has adapted to the needs of the NBA by adding a 3-point shot. He also started the movement of super-athletic point-forwards in the NBA, ushering in a new era for players like Ben Simmons, Luka Doncic, Justice Winslow, and even Nikola Jokic to an extent. He went to the Finals 9 years in a row, winning 3 of them by beating teams like the young Thunder, the San Antonio Spurs with Kawhi, and the 73-9 Golden State Warriors. He consistently leads his teams in points and assists and is by far one of the best facilitators in the NBA today, and is a top 10 facilitator in NBA history. Also, let’s not forget that LeBron learned how to shoot with his right hand because he’s naturally a lefty and he thought that would give him a disadvantage.
Whatever your opinion on the matter is, you have to acknowledge that LeBron has had one of the best careers in NBA history. He is somehow seeming to not age, and is often called an alien or a basketball robot by many NBA analysts and YouTubers. Jordan was legendary, but LeBron is the GOAT.