LeBron James: Is this his best season yet?
LeBron James has already put together one of the finest NBA careers in the history of the league. In his 15th season, he has been balling out of his mind.
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It seems absurd to ask if this could become LeBron James’ best season ever. James’ resume includes four NBA titles, 13 All-Star appearances, 13 All-NBA nods, four MVP awards, and a scoring title – it would seem impossible to top that record.
However, LeBron has been on an absolute tear across the first quarter of the 2017/18 NBA campaign. He has dragged his Cavaliers squad out of a disastrous start and is playing some of the best basketball of his career.
Here are three reasons this could be his best season to date.
1. Roster issues
Before the season started, I wrote about the issues facing the Cavs this year. The composition of the roster made little sense and there was a reliance on aging players. Losing Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics and watching him make an incredible start to the season rubbed salt into open Cleveland wounds as the Cavs stumbled to a 5-7 start.
All the worst fears about the Cavs’ roster were playing out in front of our eyes as the team looked old, uninterested in playing any defense and totally lacking any outside shooting. As the Boston Celtics soared to a 13-2 start there were mutterings that the Cavs might not make it back to the NBA Finals.
Then LeBron reminded us all of his greatness.
Since a loss in Houston early in November, the Cavaliers have gone on a 13-game winning run to catapult themselves back up the standings. James has been at the center of this rejuvenation, averaging 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the month of November.
He is making what is a very average Cleveland roster look like contenders, and that has always been LeBron’s greatest skill. If he can coax this aging Cleveland squad back to another Finals, it will be one of his finest achievements.