In my mind there is no doubt that LeBron is a top five player all-time. I think that he is the second best player behind MJ.
LeBron makes his teammates better.
Currently, LeBron’s Lakers is first in the Eastern Conference with a record of 49-14 and many think that they are the favorites to win the NBA championship. LeBron is leading the league in assists (10.6) and second in triple doubles (13), only behind Luka Doncic.
Let's look at some of the players on Pierce's list that made it over LeBron. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant, and Magic Johnson.
I think that there is definitely a case that Kareem could be better than LeBron. However, there is no way Bill Russell is better than LeBron.
In another article I wrote I stated that Bill Russell's championships are overrated because he had 10 Hall of Famers on his team and there were only eight teams in the league.
And the only reason Russell would be over LeBron is because if the championships. So Russell is not better the LeBron.
And although Kobe Bryant is a great player, his accolades just don't match up with LeBron's. Kobe has only won one MVP. While LeBron has won four. I know that Kobe should have won another over Steve Nash, but nonetheless LeBron would have a lot more.
With LeBron's game evolving to passing he has shown that he can score and pass.
Pierce claims that LeBron "put together teams" instead of building with a franchise. But, I feel like putting together a team is more difficult because you are getting the players to come to you because of your skill.
Also, LeBron has been loyal. Even though he went to Miami, he went back to Cleveland to win a championship for them. He did the impossible.
He came back from a 3-1 lead and recorded the most famous block in NBA history on Andre Iguodala.
We can't forget that LeBron is 38 years old and competing for MVP.
The last player on the list that we did not talk about is Magic Johnson. Magic claims that LeBron is ”The best athlete in the world”,
So clearly the lesson learned from all of this, is that LeBron is the second best player ever and Paul Pierce is an idiot and should probably quit his job at ESPN.