4. LeBron James
LeBron James is a 6’8, 270 lb. locomotive and a Frankenstein’s monster of a basketball phenomenon — combining strata of Magic Johnson, Karl Malone, and Scottie Pippen to craft the most unique amalgamation of dexterity in NBA history.
His moniker, King James, couldn’t be any more apt, because he truly does exist apart from his contemporaries. Unlike Bill Russell or Magic Johnson, James has been bereft of a Wilt Chamberlain or Larry Bird — never having such an antithesis. Instead, he’s been locked in an endless battle with expectation, constantly being measured against the great specters of yesteryear.
And to his credit, LeBron James has manufactured one of the greatest resumes ever accumulated, and it’s still being assembled.