LeBron James Is Overrated

David ArreolaSenior Analyst IMay 24, 2009

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Yes, you read that right. I think LeBron James is overrated.

I still think he is one of the top five players in the NBA, but to say he is as good as Kobe Bryant or Chris Paul is stretching it.

Why do I think he is overrated?

Well, for starters, his basketball skills only derive from his unnatural size. Like Dwight Howard, he has one of the most athletic frames I have ever seen, therefore it is very easy for him to take advantage of it and score.

Kobe Bryant is not a huge player and cannot take advantage of the same athletic ability of LeBron James. Yet, he still is able to win MVPs and carry a team just like LeBron James.

When I watch LeBron James, I am usually not impressed. I will admit he has a pretty good jump shot, but that only accounts for half of his "other worldly game."

We all know LeBron's bread and butter: driving the lane. It is from here that I draw my argument.

When James goes to the hole, he simply runs at defenders full speed and hopes to get fouls called.

This is done after taking 15 seconds off the shot clock deciding what he wants to do.

In the series against the Magic, in the fourth quarter, I noticed that the Cleveland Cavaliers stopped being a team, and just turned it over to James. He takes up the entire shot clock to drive and try to get a foul.

If LeBron James did not take 20 to 30 shots a game, he would not be considered anywhere near as good as he is now.

NBA players are so talented, that if anybody took 20 shots a game, he would have around 28 points.

A player is only as productive as his team lets him. The Cavs turn their team to him and that is how he gets his numbers.

Of course, the same could be said about the best player on all other teams, but none of those players are as unnaturally big and fast as LeBron James.

The media have also helped to "campaign" for LeBron as a top player. For example, his game two-winning three-point shot was amazing, but because it was "King James" who scored it, it is him just being LeBron. I wonder if Mo Williams had hit that shot if it would have been considered half as great.

To sum it up, LeBron James is a superb athlete in which the NBA has never seen, but it is because of that that his stats are ridiculous.

Whether it is holding the ball the entire shot clock, taking 30 shots a game, or running right at the gut of Dwight Howard trying to get fouls called, LeBron James' basketball talent is overrated.

He has been created by the media as "King James," a title which he probably deserves, taking only the Cavs' roster into consideration. But James will never be better than Michael Jordan, or Magic Johnson, or Kobe Bryant—simply because his body gives him an advantage none of those players ever had.