LeBron: The New Face Of The NBA

Sloan HunterContributor IMay 24, 2009

CLEVELAND - MAY 22:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the hoop against Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 22, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Ever since arriving in the league in the amazing draft class of 2003 LeBron James has done nothing but continue to amaze die-hard and casual basketball fans alike.

His talent is amazing, and his court vision seems to be uncanny.

Nowadays whenever you mention LeBron James the name Kobe Bryant isn't mentioned too far behind. Both of these basketball powerhouses have astounded fans all around the world with their amazing talents.

If the game was on the line and I needed to put the basketball in someones hands I would give the ball to LeBron however.

Now don't get me wrong, Kobe Bryant is an amazing basketball player, and he has hit more clutch shots than the best of them, but LeBron just never ceases to amaze me.

LeBron possesses the quality that it seems all the greats of the game have possessed from Magic to Jordan: he makes his teammates better.

While Kobe might come out some nights just shooting and trying to find his rhythm, LeBron will spend the first six minutes of a quarter finding open teammates in their spots.

LeBron knows that it's a 48-minute game and that one guy can't keep playing at such a high level of intensity for all 48 minutes. LeBron spends those valuable six minutes of the beginning of every quarter getting his teammates involved so that when it comes down to the final critical seven minutes of the 4th quarter, those early shots that James found his teammates have given them confidence.

I am in no way downplaying the talents of Kobe because that it’s simply impossible, he is one of the most dangerous scorers of our generation. At the end of the day a championship can’t be won by one individual though, it's a team effort.

LeBron's ability to find his teammates in their favorite places on the floor is just another attribute that separates the "good" players from the all-time greats of the game.