Finwë wrote:King of Clutch wrote:I will say this, lebron is the most athletic, freak of nature, to ever play in the nba. Great player.
Yup. I don't think the league has ever had a player with such a devastating combination of size, agility, speed, strength, health & jumping ability. The guy is a physical FREAK, a clear stand-out in that regard in a league filled with them.
Skills-wise he's not even close to a lot of players, but his athleticism, combined with some skills (passing is his best one) & with the proper system (no bigs clogging the lane, shooters spacing the floor, going back and forth from the post and out) he busts out machine-like production game in, game out.
I'll give him some credit for improving some of his fundamentals as his career went on, and I'll always acknowledge his superior athleticism. But to me athleticism isn't as praise worthy as fine-tuned skills, and among other intangibles that's what makes Kobe (and Durant to name another one) a player I prefer over him.
Actually two names come to mind that might have been more athletic and more impressive physically: Shaquille O'Neal and Wilt Chamberlain. Those two were 7 foot plus and moved incredibly well. They did things physically that honestly should never be allowed.
I'd say that they're at least on the same level as LeBron, Wilt would rank higher to me.