LeBron James' Reign as King of the NBA Has Begun: Long Live the King

Bryant T. JordanAnalyst IJanuary 23, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - JUNE 12:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat posts up Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second quarter in Game One of the 2012 NBA Finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena on June 12, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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LeBron James is truly 'King James" now.

The very second Game 5 of the NBA Finals ended, LeBron James reign as King of the NBA began.

LeBron's dominance of not only the Thunder team but of MVP runner-up Kevin Durant was not only masterful, it was historical. Not since the 1995 Finals when Shaquille O'Neal and Hakeem Olajuwon squared off has there been a matchup of the top two players at one position, let alone the top two MVP vote-getters.

Most casual basketball fans were looking forward to a seven-game series filled with James and Durant trading dominating performances in a series of evenly matched teams. What they got was James dominating not only the series but Durant himself.

Below are cumulative average NBA Finals numbers for LeBron James and Kevin Durant:

 

Player Points Rebounds Assists Ast-2-TO Ratio Steals Total +/-
LeBron  28.6  10.2

 7.4

 1.95-to-1  1.6  +31
Durant  30.4  6.0  2.2  .58-to-1  1.4  -20

 

As anyone can see from even a cursory glance at the above stats, LeBron James dominated the matchup between he and Kevin Durant.

The Bible states in Proverbs 30: 28 that the spider resides "in King's palaces" but in these NBA Finals, King James stomped on the Durantula.

LeBron James is now truly the King of the NBA and there doesn't seem to be any reason to believe the Heat won't dominate the Eastern Conference and return to the NBA Finals in 2013, and for the foreseeable future.

King James reign has only just begun—don't be surprised if it lasts a long, long time.