LeBron James: Is He the Best Player to Ever Play in the NBA?

Alex PetermanCorrespondent IIIFebruary 11, 2013

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 10: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers guards LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat during a game  at American Airlines Arena on February 10, 2013 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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LeBron James is a very good player.

That last sentence might be the largest understatement ever written in any sports article.

The Miami star is considered by many to be the best player in the NBA currently—as well as in the history of the league.

That’s because at the age of 28, James is arguably playing the best basketball of his career.

Following his recent hot streak on the court—He has shot 71.3 percent from the field over his last five games—the question comes to mind: Can the man be stopped?

Unless you triple cover him, I think the answer is probably no.

The only problem is that when you triple-cover him, the guy is also an exceptional passer, one of the most underrated of his skills.

James’ career year features him averaging 27.0 points per game, with just over eight rebounds and almost seven assists to match. That statistic puts him at third in the league.

There could be arguments made for Kobe Bryant on the Lakers, or other famous basketball players in history, such as Michael Jordan. However, LeBron James has shown that he is (again statistically-speaking) hitting his prime as a player. James has improved steadily in nearly all of the major stats in the NBA, including accuracy and PPG.

In fact, his FG accuracy has increased every year except for one, since he started playing at the age of 19.

His field-goal percentage has also hit an all-time high for him, as he is hitting 56.2 percent of his shots in the 2012-2013 season.

Does this prove that one of the best players in the league is only getting better? It certainly appears so.

And his numbers alone in each category out him at or neat the top in player rankings across the NBA.

Yet stats can only say so much.

It’s watching the game that gives fans a whole different opinion. For when the game enters the fourth quarter and LeBron James catches fire on the court, it’s a spectacle to watch.

You get the feeling in those instances that if James gets the ball, no shot is impossible to make.

In fact, James broke a Miami Heat record in their win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. He was the first player in the history of the franchise to score at least 30 points in five straight games.

He had 32 in the Heat’s 107-97 win.

The fact of the matter is that he makes it look easy. And basketball fans watch in wonder as the streak continues.