I’m sure there are a slew of Boston Celtic fans who would without a doubt unanimously agree that Larry Bird is in fact the greatest small forward of All-time. Is it too soon to add LeBron James to that list of greats or has he proven himself already? Lets face it, LeBron is constantly considered by most as one of the best players of All-time. If you were to compare both players side by side, Larry Bird currently has a slight edge in NBA championships with a total of four while LeBron James has two NBA Championship titles along with four consecutive NBA Finals appearances. So, which player is the best small forward of All-time? Sports Unbiased writers Arnold Glass and I weigh in with our analysis.
Is LeBron James the best small forward in the history of the NBA?
Arnold Glass: I consider LeBron as a one of the elite small forwards in the game today and in doing so I have to say that he is the best small forward in history, just above “Larry Legend”.
Jr. Williams: I think LeBron James is the best power forward of this era, his talent is unmatched and his power and size is what really gives him the advantage. I think Larry Bird was a more superior shooter, but the all-around best player is LeBron. Its hard to argue against a player you has traveled to the NBA finals on four consecutive instances.
If you had to pick one player as a teammate who would it be, LeBron James or Larry Bird?
Arnold Glass: If I need a shooter who’s clutch as the clock is ticking at the end of the game and I need that “dagger” shot, I am going with Larry Bird all day. To start the game and lead my team to a victory, I’m going with LeBron.
Jr. Williams: That’s a tough question because both players have the ability to involve other players in the offense. LeBron seems to be a player who thrives off the success of his teammates, and for that reason I would rather take my talents to south beach.
Which player will rank the highest among the best players of All-time?
Arnold Glass: Hands down I will have to say LeBron. *Nothing against Bird because he is definitely sitting at the table, but LeBron is the total package. He can defend any position and has an extraordinary skillset that makes him an unbelievable talent.
Jr. Williams: LeBron James is far from calling it a retirement, yet he has four NBA MVP awards, two NBA Championships, and a total of five NBA Finals appearances. He has plenty left in the tank, if healthy he will arguably be the best player in the history of the league next to Michael Jordan.