LeBron James’ Former Arch Rival Ranks Him as the Best Point Guard in NBA

Published 12/20/2020, 1:00 AM EST
Dec 13, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) and forward LeBron James (23) watch game action against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA, unlike soccer, is a lot more about numbers, stats, records, surveys, and popular opinions. Every now and then, a ranking comes out and sparks a debate among faithful fans. ESPN’s recent list of Top 100 players created quite a controversy among fans. Likewise, the NBA GMs survey too, garnered significant headlines, as the poll touted that LeBron James and his Lakers team are the ones to watch out for in 2021.

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The list placed huge faith in the Los Angeles Lakers and their chances of lifting a second successive title. As many as 81% of the executives believe the Lakers will win in 2021. What next? They added Bron’s name in the contention for the top point guard of the season, but LBJ was only ranked as the fifth-best. 

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts against the Phoenix Suns during a preseason game at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

As per the survey, Stephen Curry (30%), Damian Lillard (22%), Luka Doncic (19%), Chris Paul (15%), and LeBron James (11%), are the top PGs currently. This was a huge downfall in the popularity percentage for GSW’s Curry, but it was equally surprising to see LeBron falling behind in the rankings.

Former NBA Champion Paul Pierce recently stopped for a short ESPN interview where he placed his bet on old foe, LeBron James. Here’s how Celtics great backed LBJ:

“Usually I would say Luka Doncic, but if LeBron’s the player and he plays point guard, I see that the best point guard in the league. He led the league in assists. I forgot LeBron just want to point guard by the way, and he is clearly the best point guard in the league,” Paul expressed.

The Akron Hammer, in the 17th season of his illustrious career, averaged a career-high 10.2 assists during the 2019-20 regular-season. He did that while also scoring 25+ points per game. Then during the playoffs, LeBron bettered his defense and charted crazy numbers to guide the Lakers to championship glory.

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Paul Pierce further added to his statements pledging his support for LeBron as the best PG in the league. “This is like the year when Bill Russell won MVP and wasn’t even on the first team of All-NBA,” he joked.

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“This is just like boxing, when you don’t fight for years, you get stripped of your title. You got to go back and fight for it again. This is the same difference. Now we know how amazing Steph Curry is, Dame Lillard, but you got to reclaim that. Dame Lillard has phenomenal games but if LeBron is a point guard, he has to be the best,” concluded Paul Pierce

Though the GM survey recorded 57% of the votes that crowned LeBron as the best small forward, he also makes a strong case as a PG. 

The qualities that a world-class PG must possess are great ball-handling skills, high efficiency per possession, top-class shooting percentage, ability to penetrate quickly, and making others around better.

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Although every player on the above-mentioned list has these qualities, Bron at his age is totally nailing it from both ends of the floor and is still capable of bettering himself. Leaving it on your opinion, who do you think deserves to be ranked ahead of LeBron? Help us know in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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