How Many Championships Can LeBron James Win?
LeBron James has been the best player in the league since he stepped into his prime. He has the type of talent that comes around once in a generation. If you disagree with that, just take a second and think about this: what NBA player have you seen possess James’s unusual physical and athletic abilities? Remember that James is 6’8, weighs 260, can jump out of the gym, and can come at you full speed like a brick wall because of how big and strong he is. Right now, James is 31 years old and fresh off his third NBA Championship. However, he has four NBA finals losses on his résumé.
So, the question remains–how many championships will James finish with when his career is all done and over with?
The type of talent that James has on his roster gives him the ability to compete for a title for years and years to come. That’s assuming that Cleveland continues to give James the type of talent he needs to continue his streak of consecutive trips to the NBA finals. James is 31 years old and has shown no signs of slowing down; he is a top MVP every single season. If there was a big weakness, it would be his declining jump shot. That’s about all you could say about him negatively right now. Along with James’s greatness, Cleveland’s roster is loaded with talent. Point guard Kyrie Irving is only 24 years old and is considered a rising superstar. Cleveland has shooters in J.R smith, Mike Dunleavy Jr, James Jones, and Channing Frye. The most-watched piece is Kevin Love because he struggles to find his groove at times, but he is capable of giving you 20 points and ten rebounds a night. So yes, Love is still an All-Star in this league.
Cleveland remains the favorite in the East and will remain the favorite in the Eastern Conference for years to come. Assuming James remains with the Cavs for the rest of his career, he could potentially make a trip to the finals for the next four to five seasons. That’s assuming that Cleveland continues to keep paying their important pieces, and and that the team stays healthy when playoff season arrives. Don’t get me wrong, Cleveland will have some challenges in the Eastern Conference like the Celtics, Raptors, Knicks, and Pacers. All of those teams continue to make moves in free agency or trades just to beat Cleveland. Yet, the fact remains none of these teams have James and a sidekick like Irving playing alongside him.
LeBron James vs. Golden State Warriors
The one team that James should be worried about is the Golden State Warriors. James has a finals history with this team. During his first year back in Cleveland, James reached the finals against the Warriors, but had no Irving or Love due to injuries. So, Cleveland lost that series 4-2 giving James his fourth NBA finals lost. Last season, James reached the finals once again, going up against the Warriors. This time James had his teammates, and they ended up defeating the Warriors in seven games. But remember, it still took James seven games to finally beat them. Now going into the new season, James and his team remained together, but the Warriors added a big piece in superstar Kevin Durant.
Golden State will have the greatest offense maybe the game has ever seen. Also, The Warriors will now have four All-Star NBA players in their starting lineup. They have youth on their side, so they won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. James has never faced a team like this before, and he’s going to have to learn how to beat them in order to capture another championship or multiple championships.
The Warriors are the key to James’s championship quest. If he can figure out how to defeat Golden State, he could win another three or four championships, and maybe even eclipse Jordan’s six championships. However, if he can’t figure out the Warriors, then he could be finished, due to the fact that with their new constructed roster, they are going to win multiple championships for the next couple of years, unless James figures out how to beat them. Golden State might be unbeatable – there’s just too many options offensively for them to choose from (remember that the team has all three point shooters).
James could finish his career as the greatest player next to Michael Jordan–he’s that great. His team is also great, but if James can’t be successful against the Warriors for years to come, he might only win another championship (at the most) when it’s all said and done.