When it comes to basketball IQ, LeBron James is up there with the best of them in all of NBA history. The way James can dissect an opposing defense with his passing is unbelievable, and coupled with his size and athleticism, has made him one of the best passers in the game today.
Much has been said about LeBron's ability to be a floor general and 'on-court coach' for Cleveland and Miami over his career, including the fact that James has a photographic memory, which is true according to Lebron's high school coach Keith Dambrot:
"He remembers everything," Dambrot said. "What you have is a mix of unbelievable instincts and an ability to learn at a very fast rate, and so he can go back in his mind and analyze what they're doing. I've been around a lot of players over the years, and there are a lot of guys who understand the game. I've never seen one who understands it better than him."
Well, former Cavaliers GM David Griffin has also praised James for his high basketball IQ, calling back to a moment during the Cavs' series against the Raptors in 2017 where LeBron literally called out an opposing player for being in the wrong spot for one of Toronto's own plays.
"There’s literally nothing you can show him that he can’t do. There’s no play you’ll run against him he can’t name, and then go out there and teach your players how to do it better than anyone else [can teach them]...I was in the gym when I watched him on the floor against Toronto [in 2017] tell Patrick Paterson where he was supposed to go on the play they had called out of a timeout late in the fourth quarter! He was like ‘no Pat, you’re supposed to stand over there and set a pin down [pick] for Demar over here.’"
If that example doesn't prove that James has one of the greatest basketball minds in NBA history, I don't know what will. The fact he can remember an opposing team's playbook, as well as instantly realize when a play from that playbook is being used, as well as realize when a player is in the wrong position for that said play is unbelievable, and I have a feeling we're going to get a lot more of those examples whenever LeBron finally decides to hang them up.