Its incredible that after all these years people like to talk about Lebron making the 2007 NBA Finals as being such an incredible feat. It isnt. Pure and simple. If people care to look at facts. Lets look at FACTS. 1. First Round. Washington Wizards. This was an absolute cake walk. The Wizards were 41-41. But that is not all. The Wizards best player (Gilbert Arenas) was out for the entire series. The Wizards without Arenas were a 25 win team. They were literally one of the worst teams in the entire NBA. No surprise the Cavs sweep. 2. Second Round. New Jersey Nets. Is this a joke? The Nets were 41-41. Another team without a winning record. Cavs win in 6. Lebron didnt even play that well. He averaged 25 points on 41.9% FG. So the Cavs made the ECF without playing a single team with a winning record. 3. Eastern Conference Finals. Detroit Pistons. Many people think this was a great Piston team. They absolutely were not. This was not the 2004 Champion Pistons who had an amazing defense. 4x Defensive player of the Year Ben Wallace was gone. Coach Brown was gone. Not a single player on this team averaged 20 points. Pistons were 53-29. Look at the West. Mavs won 67. Suns 61. Spurs 58. But it gets worse. The Pistons record versus the West was 17-13. If the Pistons played a Western Conference schedule they would have won 50 games that year. The Jazz and Rockets won 51 and 52 games. So if the Pistons were in the West they would be the 6th seed. The Pistons would be the 6th seed in the West. Yes, Lebron had a legendary Game 5 putting up 48 points. Amazing. But lets not act like he was amazing the entire series: Game 1 - 5/15 with 10 points in a loss Game 2 - 7/19 with 19 points in a loss Game 6 - 3/11 with 20 points. It was actually Daniel Gibson with 31 points on 9 shots that won that game. Overall - 25.7 points on 41.9% FG. So who did Lebron beat to make the Finals? 1. 25 win team (when you take into account Arenas injury) 2. 41-41 Team 3. Detroit Piston team that would have been the 6th seed in the West So it that REALLY a great accomplishment? Nah. Not really. And this was emphasized in the Finals where he meet a real team. 22 points on 35% FG, 20% 3FG, 69% FT A horrible 42.8% TS 7 assists and 6 turnovers a game So beating 2 teams that would not even make the West playoffs and a 6th seed. Not impressive.
It’s his age at the time and what he did so early in the league that’s impressive. Coming back from 3-1, is and will always be, his greatest feat as a baller
Ilgauskas was their second best player.
So what. He beat a 25 win Wizard team. A 41-41 Nets team. And the Pistons who would have been a 6th seed in the West.
The pistons who demolished Shaq and kobe. Actually kobe demolished the lakers in that series.
Is anyone gonna read this?
> Its incredible that after all these years people like to talk about Lebron making the 2007 NBA Finals as being such an incredible feat. Translation: I saw one comment say something like this and Im going to assume thats how everybody else thinks
Regardless if you think it’s overrated or not, replace him with him with anyone else in the league at that time & I doubt they would’ve made it that far
Are you serious? You dont think prime Kobe beats a 25 win Wizard team, a 41 win Net team, and a 6th seed Piston team? Come on.
I doubt he would beat the pistons & his team wasn’t that much worse than Lebrons and they were barely cracking 40 wins theirselves so no
To an extent I agree, though I think youre diminishing his accomplishment a bit too much (he was only 22 remember). I believe his performance in 2008 when he took an all time great Celtics team to a game 7 and 2009 where he put up probably the best postse
No that belongs to AI in the 2001 playoffs, the teams he faced were way worse than those teams
He straight took a team to the finals that jordan wouldnt make the playoffs with while beating the world champ pistons with one of the best performances in playoff history. Get real Report this troll and move on. He cant stop thinking about Lebron.
Bull. Pistons were a full 3 years removed from World Champion. The Pistons would be a 6th seed in the West. KD at 23 was more impressive. Beat defending champion Mavericks with Dirk. Beat late prime Kobe, Gasol, and Bynum. Beat Spurs who won 20 in a
Kd more impressive? LeGOAT straight swept 3 mvps Kd, harden, and westbrook on the same team. Hurt kd so bad that he had to join the best team of all time just to stop an old Lebron. God I wish i could have seen your face when Lebron went down as the GOAT
> Report this troll and move on. He cant stop thinking about Lebron. hes a kd stan on his like 15th account. his last account was /u/deathstarlineup but he deleted it cause people would just downvote him as soon as they saw his name. hes on r/nba wi
Mods need to do their fucking job and IP ban this fool
How can you think someone that choked a 3-1 lead then joined that team just to have a chance against an old Lebron is 1/10 the player Lebron is? Mind boggling
Lets ignore the fact he was 22 YEARS OLD leading that terrible team to the Finals.
Who cares. KD was 23 years old when he beat: Defending champion Mavericks with Dirk. Kobe, Gasol, and Bynum with Kobe still in his late prime. 60+ win Spur team that won 20 games in a row. That is impressive. Beating 2 teams without a winning record
Yeah lets forget that KD had Russ Harden & Serge next to him while Lebron had.. Illgauskas Drew Gooden & Damon Jones
Imagine comparing that Thunder team to the 2007 Cavs lmao
Fantastic post, but probably better for r/nbadiscussion