Apparently, It’s Official: LeBron James is Not the Best Player in the NBA—Yet

December 6th, 2009 by Tom Delamater Leave a reply »
MVP or no, LeBron James is not the NBA’s best player.

That’s the verdict of an “expert” panel convened by The Sporting News to select the Top 50 players in the NBA today. The panel’s nod went to Kobe Bryant of the Lakers, by a wide margin.

Bryant received 62 first-place votes to James’ 34. Miami’s Dwayne Wade, third on the list, earned 11 votes for the top spot.

No surprises, there. James is more the crown prince than the king at this point, regardless of nicknames. And while the throne should be his within two or three years—maybe sooner—Bryant is the most accomplished player on the planet right now.

TSN’s collection of 107 former and current players, coaches and executives lends credibility to the process, although some of the panelists are oddly random choices: Mark Eaton? Tracy Murray? Steve Stipanovich ?

As with any list, there are plenty of selections to argue about, but let’s focus on the Kobe-LeBron debate. I enter such choppy waters more for fun than fact, since these arguments are subjective and based mostly on opinion.

It’s hard to go wrong either way, but Kobe has the hardwar ...

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