LeBron James cemented his reputation as the greatest basketball player on the planet when he led the Miami Heat to a championship in 2012. "King James" has settled into his throne with a brilliant 2012-13 campaign, but a young crop of NBA superstars are anxious to bring his reign to an end.
At 28 years old, James is at the height of his powers and, barring injury, will remain so for several years. Players like Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard (when healthy) are among the elite players in the game, but they were all born within one year of the king and will not be able to knock him off while he is still in his prime.
It will be a younger player, most likely somebody under the age of 25, who will one day ascend to the throne when LeBron begins to fade.The greatest challengers must possess immense talent, a superior understanding of the game and a relentless drive to improve.