Not only did James appear in the NBA Finals every season between 2011 and 2018 but he also was arguably the best player in every one of those series.
In addition, the dude racked up more than 1,500 more buckets than Stephen Curry and James Harden and 500 more than Kevin Durant.
Don’t get me wrong — Durant and Curry are marvelous, game-changing megastars, but neither of them controlled this decade nearly as much as James.
So while Curry might deserve all the credit in the world for changing how we look at long-range shooting this decade, James deserves some for changing the way we look at long-range shot creation.
Durant is a better pure scorer than James, and Curry is a better pure shooter, but James is a more complete superstar.
Kevin Pelton: When the 2010s began, LeBron James was an easy choice as the decade’s best player.
Back when the calendar turned from 2009 to 2010, Curry was a rookie who was averaging 11.8 points per game through the first two months of his NBA career while taking a back seat to backcourt-mate Monta Ellis.