LeBron James keeps demonstrating he's one of the premier talents in the NBA, even at age 37 after playing for 19 years in the association. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar has a difficult job this season, carrying a struggling team to the 6th seed in the Western Conference.
Even with Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook on the roster, the Lakers still rely too much on LeBron and what he can do on the court. The King's longevity is unmatched and he can do incredible things at 37, but the team is overusing him, which could eventually fire back.
Individually, LeBron keeps reminding people he belongs to the elite of the league and some even consider him the best player in the world despite his age. One of those is Nick Wright, who is famous for being a LeBron defender. This season, the debate of the best player in the world has circled around Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, and Stephen Curry.
However, Wright believes that Bron's recent performances prove he's still atop of any list. Talking on FS1's First Thing First, the analyst explained:
"This was a reminder, and it was a reminder of this. So, there was a point early in the year when LeBron got hurt, and I was like 'oh boy! Am I going to have to retool the player pyramid? Where Giannis is 1, and then there's LeBron and KD right beneath him. Is LeBron going to have to drop?' And the answer is, no I'm not."
"It's a reminder that LeBron still has an argument that if you were to pick any player in the league for a series or a game, that somehow it's still him."
"It's a reminder, Wildes, that in year 19, where the most points ever scored for a game in year 19 was Kareem at 14 a game, and LeBron is currently second in the league in scoring, at nearly 29 a game, that the King somehow stays the King."
Unfortunately for Bron, the Lakers have struggled to win games, boasting a 20-19 record, enough to avoid the play-in tournament today. While Durant, Curry and Antetokounmpo fight for the top spots in their respective conferences, James is still struggling to put the Lakers among the four best teams in the West.
LeBron keeps playing at a high level with the Lakers, and once the team figures things out, they can be more dangerous than they are right now. James already took them to the promised land and they looked like title favorites before the start of the season. If they can get past this rough time, things will look a lot better. Bron currently averages 28.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks.