What would a super team of all of LeBron James’ best co-stars from his first run with the Cleveland Cavaliers look like?
LeBron James had a lot of help in his first seven years as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, just not all at the same time and just not all when they were healthy and in their prime. It’s no lie that James had a hard time keeping a team together and keeping certain guys healthy. It’s also no lie to say that people just didn’t want to play with James. So what would a James lead super-team look like of all of his best side-kicks? Well, let’s take a look.
To understand why these are the names we’re pulling from you have to understand the state of the Cavaliers in the mid-2000s. They weren’t a free agent hotspot and the free agency period worked a lot different than it does now. Arguably the biggest free agent at the time that may have put the Cavs over the top was Michael Redd. Redd, one of the league’s best three-point shooters, opted to stay in Milwaukee rather than go elsewhere. A move that would cost him numerous title opportunities and eventually his career.
The team was left cobbling new parts together each and every year it seemed. The team couldn’t seem to find anyone that wasn’t an over-the-hill veteran or an over-achieving bench player to pair James with. Not even in 2009, when the team brought in Shaquille O’Neal and Antwan Jamison to pair with the young MVP. That eventually lead to the most infamous playoff series of the decade. The one that saw James quit against the Boston Celtics.
What would’ve happened if the Cavs had all of the best players on one team? What would that team even look like? Let’s take a look. A few rules to start. Firstly, they’re going to be as they were when acquired. Bad knees, too young, too old, or too obnoxious. Their age, maturity, talent, and weaknesses will all be looked at.
Secondly, this is going to be a team. Which means redundant parts or pieces won’t be needed. If you have two players who can do the same thing, then one will more than likely be replaced for a player with a different primary skillset. Thirdly, for simplicity’s sake, players will be listed by position.
So with all that out of way, let’s see who makes the cut.