However, it didn't feel fair. LeBron's career was incomplete up until the end of the 2011-'12 season. Not just because nobody would take him seriously if he didn't win a title, which is asinine enough, but also because he wasn't playing as well as he could be playing.
Once he lost the 2011 NBA Finals and expanded the broad reaches of his game, then he became the unstoppable force we've been waiting to see.
Sure, James was just as good in his days with Cleveland. He somehow made that team look good enough into fooling the NBA that it was a team worthy of the finals one year. But even with the regression in his numbers, James is a much better player today than he ever was in a season with Cleveland. LeBron was never as mature and well-rounded as he finds himself today.
Being in Miami broke that out of him. Who knows where James' career would be had he not taken the team with the best chance to win a championship?
With the title, we can now rightfully begin to compare the careers of LeBron and the legends he emulated, and even played with for one season.
Picking out a few statistical categories and a few of his traits, we've compared James to five NBA legends similar to those categories and traits and see how well he compares to that player at that facet of the game.