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I know, I know, we all hate LeBron. But to be honest, he's the best basketball player in the world, and it's not even close. Is he the best crunch-time player in the league? No. Did he perform well in the fourth quarter in the Finals? Absolutely not, but that's beside the point.
LeBron James is the most complete player in the game today. He averaged almost 27 points per game, good enough for second in the league. He also averaged seven assists and 7.5 rebounds per game.
LeBron is also a lockdown defender. He harassed Derrick Rose in the Eastern Conference finals as the Heat held him to 35 percent shooting for the series. LeBron can play four positions on the floor and is one of the most versatile players ever.
The combination of power and finesse allows LeBron to dominate opponents and control the game.
Many people thought LeBron would be the No. 2 option on the Heat after he signed with them this offseason, but they were wrong. This is undoubtedly LeBron's team, and he is the best player in the league.
In my mind, the only thing keeping LeBron from being a top-five all-time player is his lack of an offensive post game. If he could play the power forward well, with an excellent array of low-post moves, he could be one of the greatest players ever. No one would ever be able to match up with him. Well, they already can't do that, but then it would be even worse.
I know there will always be people that say LeBron isn't the best player in the league because he hasn't been clutch, but when it comes down to which player is the best at basketball, I think the answer has to be LeBron.
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