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LeBron James will go down as the best small forward in the history of the NBA, it's only a matter of time.
Sure, he hasn't won an NBA championship, but he's 26. At 26, he has scored more than 17,000 points. At 26, he has averaged 27.7 points per game, 7.0 assists per game and 7.1 rebounds per game over seven seasons.
So what makes 'Bron revolutionary?
He is, in essence, a point forward. He controls the tempo of the game and distributes the ball with unmatched court vision and dead-eye accuracy.
The only forward who compares to James in that arena is Larry Bird. Bird's career 6.3 assists per game are close, but he didn't average more than seven dimes per contest until he was 30.
James is also a great rebounder. Though he spends a great amount of time along the perimeter, he still grabs plenty of boards.
Finally, James is an outstanding defender. Anytime LeBron is trailing a fast break, I cringe. I just know he's going to pin it on the glass.
James is forcing the next generation of small forwards to do it all. There hasn't been an all-around type of talent like LeBron since Oscar Robertson.