It’s been said a few times on this website that comparing LeBron James’ run of dominance seems something more to compare to a franchise than another player. And now thanks to the researchers at NBA TV, we have a screenshot that says everything about how the career of LeBron James compares to what many see as the model franchise in the league over the past two decades: the San Antonio Spurs.
With the Spurs facing off against LeBron twice in the past week, NBA TV compiled how LeBron’s teams have compared to the Spurs dynasty since LeBron entered the league in 2003. The Spurs won their second NBA championship just before LeBron was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers. But even though the Spurs beat the King twice in the Finals, both in 2007 and in 2014, James still has more championships than the Spurs have since 2003. When a friend sent James the graphic, he could only share how stunning the comparison looks.
I’ve often said that LeBron James is the Spurs of players, with the biggest difference being that his greatness was portable to three different franchises.