Like it or not, LeBron James is the best player in the league today.
However the big three of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were not enough to keep the Miami Heat from falling to the Dallas Mavericks 4-2 in the 2011 Finals.
Learning from his miscues from the previous year, James led the Heat to a second Finals appearance against the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012.
With the Heat leading the series 3-1 and the chance to clinch the title in front of the home crowd, James paced the team with 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in a 121-106 victory—giving Miami its first title since 2006.
Per ESPN, James had this to say following his title-clinching performance:
I'm happy now that eight years later, nine years later since I've been drafted, that I can finally say that I'm a champion, and I did it the right way. I didn't shortcut anything. You know, I put a lot of hard work and dedication in it, and hard work pays off.
With two of the players on this list set to face off in this year's Finals, it will be interesting to see which of them will add another championship to their storied career.