Yes, this a bit premature but just follow me for a moment. Let’s just say the Nuggets have defeated the Mavs, the Lakers, and the Cavs to win the NBA championship. That would mean Carmelo Anthony has won a championship. It would also mean that 2 of the 3 stars from the 2003 NBA Draft now sport championship rings. The only one who wouldn’t? Lebron James.
At that point, does that diminish everything Lebron has accomplished? Accomplishments that neither D. Wade or Melo has been able to sniff. Just in case you’re oblivious to how much damage Lebron has been doing, I’ll list just a few of his accomplishments.
- Five straight All Star appearances
- Five straight All NBA selections
- Youngest player in NBA history to reach the 5,000-point plateau
- Just the second player in NBA history to post four consecutive seasons of at least 27 points, six rebounds and six assists (Oscar Robertson)
- One of just three players in the past 20 seasons to lead the league in scoring and average seven or more assists (Michael Jordan, 1988-89 and Allen Iverson, ’04-05)
- Named NBA MVP this season.
With a resume like this, it’s no wonder that some are starting to whisper G.O.A.T.. But it’s hard to argue against championships. And even if D. Wade got his with Shaq and Melo got his with Billups, it still counts the same. So where would you stand? At some point Lebron, if not now, will be expected to win championships. If his draft-mates each have one after this season, the pressure will really be on.