LeBron James says Lakers’ all-time starting 5 is the best in NBA history
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers made waves when he signed the team last offseason. After playing his entire career with the Cleveland Cavaliers (on two separate occasions) and the Miami Heat for four memorable seasons, James opted to trek over to the Western Conference after utterly dominating the East for his entire career.
The West is a far more competitive conference, and that truth came to the fore last season when James missed the playoffs for the first time since his sophomore season of 2004-05.
However, this offseason the Lakers have completely remade their roster and now look to be one of the powerhouses of the entire league with Anthony Davis, Danny Green, DeMarcus Cousins and more in tow for the 2019-20 season.
On Saturday afternoon, it was clear that James was pondering about the Lakers’ storied history – rather than the bright future ahead of the team as he posted this graphic on his Instagram about the Lakers’ all-time starting five (which featured himself of course):
As you can see, James believes a starting unit of himself, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal could be the best starting five of any other team in NBA history.
Indeed, that unit features four of the top 10 highest-scoring players in NBA history: Kareem at #1 with 38,387 career points, Kobe at #3 with 33,643 points, LeBron at #4 with 32,543 and Shaq at #10 with 28,596. Magic is 82nd with 17,707 career points, but he is 5th all-time in assists with 10,141. James is 10th with 8,662.
Though James is prone to self-aggrandizing statements, he might be right on the money with this one.