Former NBA Champion Picks his 2017 Cavaliers as LeBron James’ Best Team

Published 02/15/2021, 1:13 AM EST
Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) and Richard Jefferson (24) stand on the courts after James was fouled by Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) in the second quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)


LeBron James has been part of some historic teams in the NBA. Whether it be his stint in Miami with the big three, or his current run with the Los Angeles Lakers, James has been blessed with some great teammates.

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However, many fans have always wondered – which team led by LeBron James was the greatest? One former teammate has given his take on the question.

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Former NBA champion Richard Jefferson said on ESPN’s The Jump that the 2016-17 Cavaliers was LeBron James’ best team. He believes the title win the season prior instilled confidence in them that wasn’t there before, which made them better.

“Our 2017 Cavs team was the best LeBron team because we had that confidence and knew we could do it. Better than our 2016 team.”

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Jefferson’s comments can be interpreted as slightly biased but not unreasonable. The 2017 Cavaliers squad is considered one of the best  NBA teams ever.

They reached the NBA Finals but were stopped by the Golden State Warriors, who added former MVP and superstar Kevin Durant after their 2016 finals loss. They lost the game in five, as the star-power of the Warriors was just too much to stop.

LeBron James has been part of many great teams

Many may choose LeBron’s Miami Heat team as his best. In four years, the Heat went to four NBA Finals and won two NBA championships.

James led the Heat to back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013. For his efforts, James won the Finals MVP for both those years. Moreover, James became the last player to win MVP and Finals MVP in the same season those years.

MIAMI, FL – JUNE 25: Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James participate in the Miami Heat 2012 NBA Championship Celebration at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 25, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/WireImage)
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There are also fans who would pick the current Los Angeles Lakers as his best team. When the Lakers won the NBA championship last year, they had a significantly aging roster, consisting mostly of role players.

This year, the Lakers have added significant depth to their roster, adding size, potential, and experience to James and Anthony Davis’ supporting crew.

James has found success wherever he has played, being the only player to win NBA championships and NBA Finals MVP with three different franchises.

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Which is the best team that LeBron James has played for? Let us know in the comments section.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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