LeBron James can be regarded as the best NBA player of this current generation but several times, there have been questions asked if indeed, he is the greatest of all time.
He has been a lucky player to have played in the best of teams in his career and among the best set of players. Here are some of the great NBA players who are arguably better than LeBron James.
1. Michael Jordan
There are claims that LeBron James have overtaken Michael Jordan in the position of the all-time NBA Player, despite the fact that LeBron James have fewer Championships, also Lesser MVP’s. Seeing that LeBron James is still active, it could be possible for the Los Angeles Lakers man to still achieve more.
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul- Jabbar is another player who have the single best shot in basketball history, the sky-hook. It was the most unstoppable, unblockable shot the game has ever seen. Kareem is the NBA’s all time leading scorer, but more than that, he won. He was lucky to also be part of great teams and he was usually the best player on the team. Kareem made the all NBA team 15 times which is incredible, 11-time all defensive team, 19 time all star, a six time MVP and has six championships.
3. Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlin was also known as “the Big Dipper”. Chamberlain had scored 100 points in one game, but it is interesting to know that he averaged 50 points and 25 rebounds in one season of his career. He could easily stand out as one of the best players should he be playing now.
4. Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson can be regarded as one of the best playmakers ever in the NBA. He was a yardstick for Lebron James in giving assists. Johnson had won the MVP three times, finals MVP three times, was a five time champion, and is in the Hall of Fame. Although LeBron James has a similar playing style to Johnson, Johnson still stands out taller.
5. Shaquille O’Neal
Shaq, who you would regard as the NBA giant, was a dominant player of the modern era. He won championships with the Heat and the Lakers, the two places where many considered him the face of the franchise despite playing with Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade. He was a shot blocker back then.
6. Hakeem Olajuwon
He is regarded as one of the greatest post players who ever graced the NBA Court. He was good and displaying every possible move you could think of. LeBron James even takes some lessons from Hakeem and he is a two time NBA player in the post.
7. Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan is the greatest power forward of all time. which is something that LeBron can’t claim, as in being the best ever at his position. Duncan is the perfect example of a class act.Tim Duncan is a 3-time finals MVP and a 5-time NBA champion. He has been on the all defensive team 15 times and been an all star 15 times as well.
8. Kobe Bryant
The late Kobe Bryant who had the privillege of retiring before he died in an Helicopter accident, was another heavily debated player with LeBron James. Kobe scored 81 points in a single game. That’s the closest anyone has ever gotten to Wilt Chamberlain’s record. He was one championship behind Michael Jordan, 4 MVPs back and in the minds of many, no matter what he did he just couldn’t pass Jordan.
9. Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry who currently resides with Golden State Warriors, could also pass as one of the current basketballers who is better than LeBron James in some specifics such as shooting. James has a 34 percent shooting in the NBA, while Curry is miles ahead with 43.5 percent.
10. Bill Russell
Bill Russell has a total of 11 NBA championships. That is considered incredible no matter what era you are playing in, as it’s nearly impossible to accomplish that feat in today’s game. He won the MVP award five times and was an all star 12 times. Russell played on one of the greatest teams of all time.