You can't stop LeBron James. You can only hope to contain him.
The All-Star swingman for the Miami Heat has been a one-man wrecking crew ever since he arrived in the NBA as the No. 1 pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2003 draft. Few (if any) in the history of the game have ever combined size, speed, strength, athleticism and sheer basketball brilliance to such devastating effect as James has.
Don't expect the three-time MVP to pull his foot off the accelerator anytime soon, either. At 27 years of age, with the proverbial monkey off his back and his role as Miami's central superstar solidified, James is poised for a transcendent season in 2012-13.
Not that he hasn't played spectacularly throughout his pro career or anything. Rather, the pieces are in place for LeBron to take his game into even more rarefied air and firmly establish himself among the league's all-time greats in the process.
You can see, then, why any full-hearted attempt to shut James down has, is and likely will be futile. Still, that doesn't mean that his peers won't or shouldn't try.
Most will fail, sometimes miserably so, though these five defensive standouts should fare better than most in attempting to dislodge the King from his throne this season.