King James Wins First Title

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LeBron James’ transition from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat was one of the ugliest breakups sports have seen. During that year in free agency, LeBron dug himself into a hole that he will have trouble getting out of. The young and immature LeBron was more interested in media attention than actually winning championships. LeBron humiliated his hometown of Cleveland by creating the show, The Decision. At the conclusion of the decision, LeBron decides to “take (his) talents to South Beach, and play for the Miami Heat.” LeBron joined Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh to create the “Dream Team” and the big three. The big three had press conferences, introductions, and interviews. In one interview, LeBron predicted that the Heat will win 8 or more championships together. Regardless if he capable of repeating a championship 8 times, he dug himself a huge hole with those words.

The next season, LeBron James and the Dream Team fell apart in the championship game against the Dallas Mavericks. The media only criticized “ringless” LeBron even more. Going into 2012 season, the big three already had a year of experience with each other and showed with a great consistent regular season. When the playoffs arrived, all three players exploded. LeBron led the team in almost every statistic across the board, and the big three averaged just over 67 points, 10.5 assists, and 22.5 rebounds per game. The effort was enough because LeBron went on to win his first championship of his young career. The superior performance from the hole team raises the question, can LeBron follow through with his prediction? LeBron is on the right track. His statistics compare very well to the greatest NBA player ever, Michael Jordan.

 

Michael Jordan

LeBron James

Years in NBA

15

9

NBA Championships

6

1

Career PPG Avg

30.1 ppg

27.6 ppg

Total Career Points

32,292 (3rd)

19,045 (47th)

Career RPG Avg

6.2 rpg

7.2 rpg

Total Career Rebounds

6,672

4,943

Career APG Avg

5.3 apg

6.9 apg

Total Career Assists

5,633

4,751

NBA Scoring Champion

10x

1x

NBA MVP

5x

3x

NBA Finals MVP

6x

1x

NBA Draft

Round 1, 3rd Pick

Round 1, 1st Pick

Rookie of the Year

1985

2004

All-Star Appearances

14x

8x

All-NBA First Team

10x

6x

NBA All-Defensive First Team

9x

4x

NBA All-Star Game MVP

3x

2x

 

James got his first ring at an age one year earlier than the age Jordan was when he got his first. Even if LeBron isn’t the best player to ever step on the court, he definitely has more weapons around him to win his predicted 8 championships. Most of LeBron’s numbers in the comparison are from his one-man show in Cleveland. Using this comparison with Michael Jordan, James looks as though he can win 7 more championships with Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, and growing stars. Only time will tell, but as complete a player as LeBron James is, Michael Jordan will have competition defending his title of “the best player to ever play the game.”

Drew Porter

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