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Great Debate Over: LeBron James Is the Greatest Player on the Planet

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Sachin AroraCorrespondent IFebruary 16, 2010

Hitting big shots down the stretch to defeat the Eastern Conference champs is just another day for LeBron James. After taking down the Orlando Magic right before the All-Star break, there was little doubt in my mind that he's surpassed everybody in the league to become the best player.

The Cavaliers currently sit atop the league at 43 wins and 11 losses. Now imagine what their record would be without LeBron. A fair estimate would be 25 wins at the best. His next best player, Mo Williams is injured and yet the Cavs are still the hottest team in the league.

The next best option LeBron has is a washed up Shaquille O'Neal. Yet, LeBron somehow finds a way to dominate the game, get his team involved and set them up, while being the leagues top scorer. Many people have criticized LeBron for having a weak jump shot, but he's improving his jumper and it's looking better than ever. Imagine what he would do with another decent player.

Some people compare this guy to Dwayne Wade. I don't think its even a contest. Wade has about an equal supporting cast, and his team is fighting for a playoff spot. Kobe Bryant's Lakers are the top team in a competitive West, but where did they sit before the acquisition of Pau Gasol, or Lamar Odom?

Kobe has won championships, but this was with a prime Shaq, when he was the most dominant big man in the league. Kobe won another one with Pau Gasol, one of the best power forwards in the league. LeBron is still only 25, and this could be his year, even without any help.

LeBron has a chance to pass Michael Jordan for the greatest player to ever play the game. Jordan's first championship ring was at the age of 27. LeBron is only 25 and is poised to win a ring this year. With the 2010 free agency looming, LeBron could be paired with a teammate that could make an unstoppable team such as Chris Bosh, Carlos Boozer, or Amare Stoudamire.

The way LeBron controls the game is unreal, and is truly amazing to watch. Every time he steps on that court we are all witnessing history and remember, we are all witnesses .

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