LeBron joined elite company with last night's championship
LeBron took home the season MVP and the Finals MVP, and obviously his team won the NBA Finals, making him only the third player in league history to win all three of those awards in consecutive seasons.
He has spent much of his career facing criticism from all sides. Sometimes, it's for valid reasons, like when he essentially disappeared in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics. Other times, he has been criticized for absurd reasons, like not winning a championship with the Cavaliers, despite one of the weakest supporting casts ever to reach the Finals.
Either way, the critics are starting to quiet down now, as they should. In the 7th game of this year's Finals, James put up video game numbers against the Spurs, dropping 37 points to go along with 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks.
It's worth noting that LeBron is only 28 years old. Although it seems like he has been around the league for a long time, he still has plenty of time left. Here's a quick comparison of him and Michael Jordan at the end of their age 28 seasons:
LeBron James: 2 championships, 1 scoring title, 4 MVPs, 2 Finals MVPs, 9 All-Star games, 7-time All-NBA first team, 5-time All-Defensive first team, career averages of 27.6 ppg, 6.9 apg, 7.3 rpg.
Michael Jordan: 2 championships, 6 scoring titles, 3 MVPs, 2 Finals MVPs, 7 All-Star games, 1 DPOY, 6-time All-NBA first team, 5-time All-Defensive first team, career averages of 32.3 ppg, 6.0 apg, 6.3 rpg.
Aside from Jordan's pure scoring ability, LeBron really doesn't lack anything. And what he lacks in scoring numbers, he makes up for in assists and rebounds.
Hate LeBron if you want, but at some point you're going to have to admit that he's ALREADY one of the all-time greats.