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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

The Versatile Forwards

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 The forwards will dominate this year. They will dominate in statistics, highlights, and hardware. What makes these forwards so dangerous is their ability to shoot from anywhere on the court. Also they are able to dominate down low. Although the small fowards and power forwards are different players, they will be using there unique versatility to dominate the smaller, weaker, and slower defenders.

 The top three small forwards are Kevin Durant, LeBron James, and Carmelo Anthony. All three players can take over the game better then anyone else in the league. These select forwards can be a major threat from the three and also driving to the basket. The place where James is most dangerous is in transition. He runs the floor better then anyone I have ever seen. Kevin Durant makes his opponents take away one aspect of his game and kills him with the other. Melo is most dangerous posting his opponent up. With his post-up he can drive or shoot over the defender. All three players have a chance to win the MVP but I give the early edge to LeBron James. Durant closely follows, and he will lead the league is scoring. These super stars are always a high light real waiting to explode.

The power forward position is a much longer list without the complete stand outs. For the highlight real player Blake Griffin is on top of everyone lists. With the addition of Chris Paul the top 10 plays will be half of the Clippers for the first time. It may be the only air time the Clippers get. Furthermore, Griffin will be along players such as Kevin Love, Amare Stoudemire, Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, and Al Jefferson. The power forward position is extremely different from the small forward because these players like to dominate in the post. Players like Kevin Love and Al Jefferson love to grab every shot that is put up. I expect Stoudemire and Love to dominate the statistics.

The hardware for the year will be dominated by the forwards. I believe Derrick Williams will win Rookie of the Year. James will snag the MVP barely. Lastly, I predict that the Champions will be James and the Heat over Durant and the Thunder.

For the record, I predict that the addition of Rip Hamilton to the Chicago Bulls will end up being huge because it makes defenders respect the the outside shot which allows Derrick Rose to attack the paint. In addition, the Mavericks will be a major disappointment. The loss of Tyson Chandler and Caron Butler will destroy the team. They do not have enough pieces to be able to compete. Also, the age factor of Nowitzki and Jason Kidd will be huge with less rest between games because of the shortened season.

The rankings come from ESPN

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