5 Stars Who Can Challenge LeBron James' Throne as the NBA's Best Player

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5 Stars Who Can Challenge LeBron James' Throne as the NBA's Best Player
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LeBron James is not going to be the best player in the NBA forever. 

In fact, some might think he's already vacated the throne, surpassed by a certain forward in 2013-14, but we'll get to that later. Operating under the assumption that he's the No. 1 player in the Association, or at least quite close to it, there are still a number of players who should challenge him for that seat in the future. 

Now, it's extremely important to note that these five players are not all making the challenge right now. In fact, three of them won't be particularly close to him in 2014-15, though they have the potential to get there within the next five years. 

That's the key—the potential. 

Even these five aren't guaranteed to put on the crown at any point in their careers, though there's evidence pointing toward their ability to do so. They could easily fail to get close or experience a Chris Paul-esque narrative, sitting pretty in the top five year after year without getting to the top of the heap. 

So again, don't make the mistake of thinking these players will surpass James during the upcoming NBA season. In most every case, they won't. 

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