Written By: Austin Philippi

 

 

This is UniqueSports list of the 5 players most likely to find their way into the upper echelon of NBA History, and become a top 10 All-Time player and unset Bill Russel who ranks 10th in our All Time Players List. The players are judged based off their overall skill and current ability, and then the affect Lebron could possibly have on their career legacy if he chooses their team or they are traded to a Lebron James team.

 

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  1. Joel Embiid

Current Outlook: He plays on one of the brightest young teams in the league with another player on this list who if they both continue to develop have a great chance of cracking the all time top 10 and sliding ahead of Bill Russel. He was absolutely dominate in all the games he’s been able to suite up for in the NBA. His health could play a major factor and is why he is this low on the list. He also hasn’t gotten to play a ton of minutes from game to game and as expectations rose in the playoffs he and Ben Simmons were bottled up by the Celtics tenacious defense and coaching schemes. He is also one of the best interior and pick and roll defenders in the entire NBA.

Reasoning: Embiid however could have major parts in his game complemented and have chances at a lot of hardware over the next decade if they can convince the king to come to Philadelphia. With how good this warriors team is getting the chance to play them in the finals multiple times over the net few years and possibly win rings or multiple along the way will go a long way in his possibility of winning championships and being a mount Rushmore type player.

Projection: *If LeBron goes there he finishes career with minimum 4 NBA Titles.

 

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  1. Giannis Antentounmpo

Current Outlook: He is 6’11 and has a great overall game that reminds of you of a young KD/Lebron hybrid. He doesn’t have the overall shooting ability of a KD or even a LeBron at this point in his career, but I believe he will continue to develop that and his overall game. He plays on a team who is young enough to continue to grow with him, and the franchise seems determined to win with the star that they possess.

Reasoning: If LeBron decided he wanted to play in Milwaukee (which he won’t) Giannis could get huge praise for guarding and playing good defense against KD in a potential finals matchup. With Lebron not having to do everything on the team he can focus on what he does best while Giannis takes and gets credit for all the hard work and effort he’d be putting in to help making LeBron a 4-time NBA Champion. Regardless of his decision though Giannis has the potential to be an all time great if he leaves Milwaukee for a super team as well like the trend is in the NBA.

Projection: *If LeBron goes there he finishes his career with minimum 2-3 NBA Titles and an MVP or 2.

 

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  1. Jayson Tatum

Current Outlook: He put LeBron James on a poster in such a way while playing at such a high level for a 20-year-old that it has convinced me is already a top 25 NBA player at the age of 20. I also believe he is on one of the best teams in the NBA with the most youth, talent, and quality management. He is going to go into this off-season working even harder now realizing he is a future face of the NBA and an all time great franchise. He has incredible length and size for his age and has the chance to continue to grow much like we saw a young KD do during his career. He will be an NBA all star next season as well after the name he made for himself in his rookie season.

Reasoning: This is where I believe LeBron is most likely to go as it would be a great area to raise his kids, it’s a great franchise that hasn’t had an all time great on the team in years, allowing him to team up with a young Tatum and help Jayson go to the next 5+ NBA Championships. They could easily win 3 titles over the next 5 years and more so if Jayson takes the experience and lessons he could learn from LeBron to become one of the best players in the world at some point. As Lebron ages and reaches age 40 and starts to think or retiring Tatum will only be 27 years old and just entering his absolute prime. As LeBron doesn’t want to keep switching teams as his oldest son Lebron James JR is entering high school and will be playing basketball he will be trying to finish out his career in a location and what better than the place where the players will only get better as you get worse with age. Giving Tatum a great shot at going to 7 straight NBA finals with LeBron and then continuing it on his own possibly.

Projection: Would go to next 7 straight NBA Finals with LeBron and possibly more as LeBron retires. Would finish career with minimum 5 NBA titles and possibly and MVP or Finals MVP at some point.

 

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  1. Ben Simmons

Current Outlook: He had one of the best rookie seasons in recent memory, putting up a stat line of 15-8-8 while not being able to shoot outside of the paint. He has a lot to continue to work on with his game, but it is already at an all-star level and his potential to be an all time great is very high regardless of what happens this summer. He is a LeBron James type NBA player that if he has the same motor and drive the King has shown throughout his career than he will excel year after year and continue to improve his game. He also plays with another 7’0 monster in Joel Embiid that takes attention off him at times. Combine that with a lot of other young talent surrounding him he has a chance to succeed regardless of LeBron.

Reasoning: If LeBron joins the 76ers, Simmons will get a day in and day out example of how he needs to prepare, workout, dissect the game, and get better constantly from the best player in the world. LeBron would give him a huge chance especially If joined by Paul George for the 76ers to immediately be the best team in the NBA and win 3+ straight titles barring a major injury or other significant free agent moves. If he gets a 3-Peat and multiple appearances before the age of 30 years old once he gets into his LeBron years it’d be hard to keep him out if he continues to win and get to NBA finals.

Projection: *IF Lebron and even PG13 go to 76ers they will be immediate favorites and will win next 3 titles, barring significant injuries. They also have potential to continue to go to and win finals if Simmons and Embiid develop around LeBron and again stay healthy.

 

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  1. Anthony Davis

Current Outlook: He is the least likely place for LeBron to go currently but he is a stud and the best player on this list by far. He is already a top 5 player in the NBA on pretty much every single person’s list in the world. He has had some of the best PER seasons of anyone in NBA history alongside LeBron and Wilt Chamberlain. He has been one of the best defenders in the NBA for years and his overall game has continued to get better and expand as he leads the pelicans to the second round of the playoffs until losing to the eventual NBA champions.

Reasoning: If somehow LeBron ends up in NOLA or Boston trades Kyrie and Hayward or some variation of that for Anthony Davis, then Davis like Giannis would get to draw a lot of matchups on Durant and would be able to guard him better than anyone else in the league most likely. Especially if LeBron was carrying the offensive load and allowing Davis to impact the game in all sorts of other ways. If Davis found himself in Boston with Lebron and Tatum it would be impossible to leave him or Tatum outside of your top 10 players all time as they will dominate the east with LeBron for 7+ years.

Projection: 1 NBA title and 2 MVPS if he never plays with Lebron. *if he plays with LeBron he could be right up there next to Kobe and Durant in NBA history. He’d Finish with 5+ Rings, An MVS and Finals MVPS if he got to play with the KING.

This is UniqueSports list of the 5 players most likely to find their way into the upper echelon of NBA History, and become a top 10 All-Time player and unset Bill Russel who ranks 10th in our All Time Players List. The players are judged based off their overall skill and current ability, and then the affect Lebron could possibly have on their career legacy if he chooses their team or they are traded to a Lebron James team.

 

 

 

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