With the mystery regarding LeBron's elbow and lackluster play in game two vs. the Celtics, I ponder, what would LeBron's game look like if he had his choice of the greatest Cavaliers ever, at all the other positions.
With this team it wouldn't matter who the coach was, they would win the title.
The Cavaliers have had some of the greater players in history on their team, just not at the same time or in their primes.
But if we took these respective players from their eras at the Cavalier peak they would easily mow over today's league.
Some legends who once called Cleveland home are Shawn Kemp, Terrell Brandon, Ron Harper, Larry Nance, Mark Price, Antawn Jamison, Shaquille O'Neal, Lenny Wilkens, Nate Thurmond, and LeBron.
So we begin with a player just as big as LeBron but more focused on his natural position. 6'10" 250 pound Larry Nance at power forward.
If LeBron had Larry Nance as his power forward he wouldn't have to spend so much energy on defense.
Also, Nance's toughness would be a big help over Jamison, and he could score. He'd (Nance) probably average 16 points and 10 boards and 2 blocks.
With Mark Price at PG, LeBron would have a true point man to set him up.
Deadly with the three and you never want to foul him. He'd probably average around 13 points and 8 assists.
With Ron Harper at shooting guard, LeBron would not have to try to score 30 every night. Harper would lead the team in steals. He would average around 2.5 steals and almost a block, not to mention 4 assists, 3 rebounds, and 16 points.
With Brad at center for the Cavs, LeBron would be able to calm down on t$he rebounding and passing. He would have the ball less anyway because Price would handle the ball.
Daugherty was a good passer and a lane clogger. He would probably score 18 a game, grab 8 boards, and dish 3 assists.
With Nate Thurmond at back-up center (6th man), LeBron would have one of the best defenders ever. And he didn't need to score, but could. He was that great.
He would probably average 10 points and 11 boards a night with 2.5 blocks too.
Finally, LeBron could relax and play small forward, utilizing his unique skills as part of a total unit. He would have to play less minutes too, which would help his suspect elbow.
His stats would be more like 20.0 pts, 4.5 rebs, 5.5 ast, 1.5 stl and 0.8 blks, but his shooting would go up to like 55% and he wouldn't have to take so many threes.
Oh, yeah, if this were his team he would win a title for absolutely sure. Right, now, I'm not so sure anymore.