A 17x All-Star, 4x MVP, and 4x NBA Champion, LeBron James has had a career unlike anything we've ever seen before. For nearly 20 years now, he has consistently been among the league elites, proving himself as a true generational leader of the sport.
At 36-years-old, LeBron isn't yet showing signs of stopping, but it's a fact that he cannot play forever. As the years rage on, we grow ever closer to LeBron's retirement, and ever closer to the end of a truly magnificent era.
This fact has a lot of folks thinking about what might come next for the NBA. Which young star today will fill LeBron's shoes? Who will take up the mantle to become the next generation's icon?
On Twitter, one fan brought up this very topic, expressing concern over what he feels is a lack of suitable candidates to carry the torch...
While it's impossible to argue that the league doesn't have an influx of young talent, are any of them even close to the level we saw from guys like Jordan, Kobe, and Bron?
IN the comments, fans debated several names, with the most widely accepted heir to King James' throne being Dallas star Luka Doncic, who is already averaging over 25 points per game for his career.
Folks also made the case for Suns guard Devin Booker, who is widely recognized as one of the best scorers in the game.
Considering the hype surrounding his NBA debut, it's no surprise to see Zion Williamson's name emerge in this debate, even if his run this year has been largely overlooked.
Jayson Tatum is apparently seen as a potential "Kobe-Esque" figure as well.
Several other names were mentioned in the comments, including Zach LaVine, Ja Morant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Donovan Mitchell, and even LaMelo Ball.
Honestly, there's no way to tell who will take over the next basketball age. It could be any of the fan-mentioned names, or it could be none of them. Heck, we might not get a "generational" great again for a while.
Stars like that are rare, and there is no guarantee the league will always have one at any given moment. No doubt, that's unfortunate for us, who never want a gap between generational greats.
At the very least, however, it makes us appreciate them when they finally do come along.