LeBron James is one of the most polarizing players in NBA history, a label he probably earned in the summer of 2010 with the airing of the now-infamous Decision. James made a big production out of his free agency decision, announcing live on ESPN that he’d be leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to form a super team in Miami with the Heat. James won a couple of titles in Miami, returned to the Cavaliers, slayed the almighty Golden State Warriors, and finally delivered a major championship to the city of Cleveland.
But he’s not done yet.
I think that’s a big reason why we’re so fascinated with LeBron James. He’s likely a Top 5 player of all-time with his current slate of accomplishments, but he’s still building. He’s the only active NBA player who can make that claim. How far up the all-time rankings can he climb? How close to Michael Jordan will he get? We don’t know, but the fact that it’s a conversation we can have is telling. He’s within striking distance.
We’ve had some fun with NBA 2K17 simulations this season. Our simulation of the 2016-17 season is a personal favorite of mine because of how chaotic the results were. We even looked at what kind of careers NBA 2K17 is predicting for the 2016 NBA Draft class in a sim that took us to 2030.
This time, it’s all about LeBron James. How close to Jordan does he get? What will his resume look like when he finally retires? When does he retire? Does he leave Cleveland again? Does he ever team up with the Banana Boat crew?
These are questions I can’t answer, but NBA 2K17 can try. As always, don’t shoot the messenger.