There is no doubt that Lebron James is one of the greatest players of all time. He is one of the best athletes in all sports, a time when he has proven to dominate the NBA since joining the competition 17 years ago.
James was the sole owner of the East Conference for more than ten years, and by working with him you easily made it to the NBA finals. However, his record of defeats in the final round of basketball will always be a stain on his otherwise perfect CV.
But, as we’ve said before, basketball is a team sport and although it has its share of the all-star team, it simply can’t win alone, even if it was close enough. That’s why today we’re going to try to create some context by telling you about his play-off results against the best players in the league:
Lebron James versus Al Horford 19-4
Al Horford spent most of his career with the Hawks of Atlanta, which meant he was more likely to face James and his Riders of Heath in the first round of the playoffs. As you may already know, James has never lost the first round in his entire career.
Horford is one of the most versatile stoppers in the competition. He had to face Bron in colour or chase him to the edge, but he was not very successful because the king had an average of 28.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 7.7 cents per match against him.
Lebron James versus DeMar DeRozan 12-2
Before James left the Eastern Conference and the Toronto Raptors got Kavi Leonard, it seemed that the story with their team was still the same. No matter how well they played, no matter how dominant they were in the regular season, and even if James’ teammates were offside: Lebron has always beaten raptors.
James drove the last nail in the coffin from the time of DeMar De Rozan in the north. He forced Masai Ujiri to fire Dwana Casey, even though he won the COY, because they simply had no answer for LeBron. In addition, James has an average of between 29.3 and 21.0 points for DeRosan.
Lebron James v. Paul George 16-7
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Indiana Paceerson was the only team we thought had a chance to beat Miami Heath at the time of the Big 3, but they could never beat them. They caused a lot of trouble for the king and went all the way to the play-offs, but the result was always the same.
One of the reasons why everyone had high expectations of Paysers was to protect Paul George firmly from the King. Still, we’re talking about LeBron, so even the best defense in the world couldn’t stop him. So far James has averaged 28.1 points against PG.
Lebron James vs. Derrick Rose 12-4
Derrick Rose was the biggest threat to LeBron James at the Eastern Conference in the early years. He was the rising star of the competition, the youngest MVP and was ready to lead the competition in the attack. Unfortunately, the wounds destroyed all hope in the Windy City.
It’s like James still has the cop’s number. Despite the overwhelming defense of Tom Thibodeaux, the king has always found a way to reach the top. But there is always the feeling that a healthy Derrick Rose could end his kingdom.
Lebron James v. Paul Pierce 17-13
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Let’s not fool ourselves. The Celts of Boston hated Lebron James. It’s as simple as that. They were incredibly physical and hard on him and couldn’t stand to lose, especially Paul Pierce who had a lead in this rivalry at the beginning of his career.
James’s three greats eventually helped him beat the Celtics by the end of the last decade, and he clearly played Pierce out in most of their games. The truth averaged only 18.8 points per game, compared to 29.2 points for James against the Celtics.
Lebron James v. Carmelo Anthony 4-1
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Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony have always been incredibly close, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a fight to the death when they played each other, especially in the playoffs. Unfortunately for Melo, the heat in Miami was too great for his Knicks.
Melo was at the height of his career in the Big Apple, but his support act really let him down until the 2012 playoffs. Anthony’s average is 27.8/8.2/2.2 with 1.2 stealing, but apart from 15.3 points from Amar’e Stoudemire and 12.2 points from J.R. Smith for the game, no other Nick has tipped in this series.
Lebron James v. Cavi Leonard 5-7
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LeBron James’ kryptonite is missing, but if it wasn’t, he’d be close enough to Kavi Leonard. In fact, he is the man who defended Lebron best in NBA history, as he proved earlier in his career at the 2014 NBA finals.
In mid-2010 there was fierce head-to-head competition between the Spurs and the Heat in the NBA finals. Unfortunately for James, he played 5-7 in those games and eventually set a record against Klau, who averaged 14.6 and 17.8 points per game.
Lebron James vs Kevin Durant 5-9
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It took a long time for Kevin Durant and Lebron James to prove who is the best player in the world. However, it was only after the last game that Durant had a lead over the man who beat him in 2012.
Durant and Thunder won the last 4-1, but KD took revenge on him by joining the State Golden Warriors, as he got the best of James in support and also won some MVP’s in the finals. He also did a little better than James in their matches with an average of 29,8/7,3/4,3 with 1,3 full and 1,4 block.
Lebron James v. Tim Duncan 5-11
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Lebron James made history by bringing the Cleveland Cavaliers to the finals in 2007. But the game didn’t end well for the king, as the Spurs beat Tim Duncan by 18.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.3 blocks per match.
James will take his revenge on the Big Foundation in 2013 with a 4-3 victory in the finals, just to see how Gregg Popovich will work his magic next year and beat them in just 5 games. In total James had a 15-21 record against Duncan and Spur.
Lebron James v. Stephen Curry 7-15
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And of course, that list wouldn’t have been complete without Stephen Curry, the most powerful player of the decade and the man who laughed three times out of four when they met in the NBA finals. Ironically, Curry hasn’t won the last MVP yet.
James scored a point against Curry and the Warriors with an average of 31.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game. Debs has beaten them in 6, 5 and 4 games in 4 years, but James was most surprised in the history of the 2016 final when he won 7 games after falling 3-1 behind.
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