Ranking Every NBA Team's Best Option to Guard LeBron James Next Season

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Ranking Every NBA Team's Best Option to Guard LeBron James Next Season
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There isn't an individual capable of stopping LeBron James.

When doing research for this article, I found that no defender has done better than limiting James to 24 points on 44 percent shooting. Those are fantastic numbers when it comes to defending LeBron. If your defender holds LeBron to only 24 points, and holding him well-below his usual shooting percentage, then you've given your team a good chance to win.

While that's no longer the case with James being on a stacked Miami Heat team, it's a testament to James' all-around aura as one of the best players to ever walk onto the court. With each team's best defender taking responsibility for defending LeBron and investing all of their energy into limiting him, James is still taking home nearly 25 points on a bad night.

There are too many dimensions to James' game, and it's only going to be more difficult for defenders to limit him now that he has a more well-rounded post game. Defenders with the length to limit him from the perimeter now find themselves befuddled as they attempt to use that same length to deter James in the post, something that has become near impossible.

And the bigger players? James could blow past them from the perimeter. God help us all if he's hitting his jumper or even hitting from beyond the arc.

We take a look at each team's top defender when it comes to defending LeBron and rank them from the worst to best chance of limiting the three-time MVP and reigning NBA champion.

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