The National Basketball Association finals have finished this year with the Lakers defeating the Miami Heat 4-2 in Game 6 of the Finals. Lebron James was able to achieve another NBA Finals championship and NBA Most Valuable Player award. Does this solidify Lebron James being one of the best players of all time in NBA Basketball history? I think so.
Lebron James is a Small Forward that began his NBA career in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio for the Cleveland Cavaliers. According to bleacherreport.com, he began his first game against the Sacramento Kings on October 29, 2003. He did not begin his career being dominant and aggressive on the court as he is now.
Most people were not sure of how James would be in the NBA, bleacherreport.com continued to discuss. He was able to change the perspective of these people in the coming years.
He began to develop as a player and would become more powerful on the court. He worked more on his jump shot to keep himself active on all aspects of the game, as well.
James received his first ever Most Valuable Player in 2009 with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James split from his hometown team after 2010. James won his first two NBA Finals MVP awards in 2012 and 2013 when he was signed to the Miami Heat in which he worked with Chris Bosh and Dewayne Wade.
He later joined the Cleveland Cavaliers again from 2014-2018 and won an NBA Championship in 2016. Then, he signed with the Lakers from 2018 to the present in which he won the NBA championship in 2020.
He has won 4 NBA championships after winning this year’s NBA Finals with the Lakers and won Finals MVP each time.
This means that he has won championships with each team he has been a part of. This fact helps to solidify the belief that he is one of the best players in NBA history. I do not think he is the best player ever, but I do believe he has proven to all of us that he is a fantastic player and will do what he can to achieve greatness.
Of course, he has many other accolades as well such as rookie of the year (ROTY) awards, All-star awards, and more.
With this said, he was also given good teammates in order to win championships. For example, in Miami, he had Bosh and Wade helping him climb to the top. In 2020, he has Anthony Davis who helped with rebounds and defense. These players, in the prime of their careers, have proven they can help Lebron secure his legacy as well. Lebron has never done this on his own.
A lot of individuals want to compare him to Michael Jordan, the greatest player of all time in my opinion. However, I do not see fit that those two be compared to one another just yet. Michael Jordan accomplished a lot more in a smaller amount of time with only one team. At the same time, both individuals have left a powerful legacy in the NBA. They are great performers for their time period.
Lebron still has many years to come in his career. He is only 35 years old. He could win more championships, awards, and be involved in new team changes.
Lebron James is one of the greatest players to play basketball in the NBA because of his accomplishments and dedicated to his craft. The wild thing is, he still has more left in him to continue his legacy in the history books of the NBA.