The 2017 NBA Finals mark the eighth time LeBron James has been to the NBA Finals. Here’s how each of his team rank against each other.
A lot of fans want to compare LeBron James and Michael Jordan these days, and really there is no wrong answer.
But for those who want to knock James for not having six titles–yet–know LeBron has two more Finals appearances than Michael and at the age of 32, he doesn’t appear to be slowing down.
Here’s LeBron’s eight Finals teams, and how they rank against each other.
1. 2017 Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs 57-21 regular season doesn’t show it, but his current team offer LeBron James his best supporting cast throughout his 12-year NBA career.
He plays alongside Kyrie Irving, who might be the NBA’s best finisher around the basket. Irving can also light it up from downtown.
Kevin Love, the third head of Cleveland’s Big 3, is a premier defensive rebounder who’s also one of the game’s best players when it comes to playing inside-out. Center-forward Tristan Thompson is arguably the best offensive rebounder in the game.
The Cavs have also surrounded James with stud shooters in Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith. Quality backups such as Channing Frye, Richard Jefferson and Deron Williams also add fire power and can provide a spark when the offense is in a pinch.
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This Cavs team became the third squad in NBA history to knock down 1,000 3-pointers during the regular season, joining last season’s Warriors squad, as well as this year’s Houston team.
During James’ Miami days, it looked like the Chosen One was preparing for a career in his 30s where he would smoke opponents off the block. That just hasn’t been the case in Cleveland. He’s getting to the hoop better than ever and the array of sharp shooters surrounding him makes him that much more dangerous.
This team strikes the perfect balance between superstars and players who excel at the role they’re asked to fulfill.