LeBron has always drawn a lot of heat because of the fact that he seems unable of leading a team to the NBA Championship unless he’s surrounded by top-notch players of the likes of Dwyane Wade, Kyrie Irving, Chris Bosh or Kevin Love.
Truth or not, James is the greatest small forward in the history of the game and a proven winner, even though he’s really struggled to replicate that success at the ultimate stage of basketball, at least when he’s on his own.
Winning at basketball is a team effort, and dethroning a team of the likes of the Golden State Warriors is no easy task. So, what we’re going to do today, is that we’re going to create a perfect lineup to play next to the King, but first, we need to let you know about some rules:
Fadeaway World' Four Rules For The Perfect Team
1. He can select only 1 superstar from the top 10 players in the world: Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, DeMarcus Cousins, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kyrie Irving
2. He can play with max 2 All-Star players
3. He can't select 2 players from the same team
4. He needs to select a rookie or sophomore
PG: Stephen Curry
The other top-10 player in LeBron’s team has to be Stephen Curry for sure. He’s the best shooter in the history of the game, an outstanding off-ball scorer that would thrive off James’ drives by having dozens of wide open looks on a nightly basis.
With James on board, Curry wouldn’t have to run the point as often, with James running the offense as a point forward, as we all know he’s one of the best passers in the history of the game.
SG: CJ McCollum
CJ McCollum would be a perfect fit next to the King. He’s got the Kyrie Irving - kind of skill set, is a great ball handler, a versatile and crafty scorer and lights out shooter from three-point territory.
McCollum and Curry would be a much better version of the Portland Trail Blazers’ backcourt and a 1-2 punch no defense in the world would be able to lock down, especially with James handling the playmaking duties.
SF: Jayson Tatum
If you want young talent, just go on and pick Jayson Tatum. Tatum made great strides during his rookie season and drew a lot of praise from peers and veterans, even getting some advice from Kobe Bryant himself.
Tatum looks like a stud in the making and he’d learn a lot from playing next to LeBron for sure. He’s worked his entire life to be an NBA All-Star and his skill set, work ethic, and basketball IQ are set to grant him success for sure.
PF: LeBron James
No team can play without its captain, and that’s where LeBron James steps up here. James has already proven that he can thrive at the power forward spot as he did throughout his entire Miami Heat tenure.
James is big and strong enough to matchup against power forwards, is a great low post scorer and a consistent shooter from the elbows, not to mention his playmaking skills make him deadly playing next to great cutters as Curry and McCollum.
C: Joel Embiid
You can’t win if you don't play defense, so James will have that in mind when picking another All-Star. Embiid is the obvious choice here, being a great rim protector and overall defender that can guard all the way to the perimeter.
Embiid has the offensive skills of a young Hakeem Olajuwon and the defensive grit and IQ of Kevin Garnett, and he’s yet another MVP kind of talent that could help the King win another Championship.