Star forward LeBron James has put forth an illustrious NBA career that will make him a first-ballot Hall of Famer. James has achieved it all during this stretch that he continues to add impressive feats. As he heads into the 2020 NBA Finals with the LA Lakers, it raises the question regarding how many NBA titles he’s won.
LeBron James’ illustrious NBA career
In his 17th season, LeBron James has continued to add to his impressive NBA resume that has seen him reach great heights.
James has blown past the high-level of expectations laid before him as arguably the most-hyped high school basketball player. He has put together a career that has earned recognition as one of the greatest NBA players. That has reached the extent of many placing him in the GOAT conversation with Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, and Bill Russell.
The 35-year-old has maintained his elite level of play through the latter stages of his career that have kept him in NBA title contention. With that in mind, it brings up James’ resume when it comes to winning championships.
LeBron James has won three NBA titles
Through the last decade, LeBron James has achieved a tremendous amount of success as the NBA Finals has gone through him.
The Lakers’ berth to the 2020 NBA Finals has secured him his 10th career appearance in his 17 years in the league. That includes being on that stage in nine out of the previous 10 seasons, with last year being his only absence. However, that hasn’t equated to tremendous success in bringing home the Larry O’Brien trophy as he has secured it three times in his career.
James won a pair of championships in his second and third year respective of his four-year stint with the Heat that included an NBA Finals appearance in each season. His third title came in his second tenure with the Cavaliers as he helped his team become the first franchise to come back from a 3-1 series deficit in the NBA Finals in 2016.
The third championship’s significance comes with it being the organization’s first and snapped a five-decade title drought for professional sports in the city of Cleveland. James is on his quest to square his fourth NBA title and first with the Lakers.
His quest for his fourth NBA title
It has been nothing short of a strong run through the playoffs for LeBron James as he helped guide the Lakers to the 2020 NBA Finals.
LA moved past each of the first three rounds of the playoffs in five games. James sealed the Lakers’ berth to the NBA Finals after his historic triple-double performance in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals against the Denver Nuggets. He joined Hall of Famer James Worthy as the only players to register a playoff triple-double with at least 35 points and 15 rebounds.
The challenge is quite stiff in the NBA Finals against a well-balanced Miami Heat team. Miami has cruised through the playoffs behind their deep roster headlined by star forward Jimmy Butler and big man Bam Adebayo. The Heat possess a surplus of talent across the board that should present many unique challenges for the Lakers.
LA may be labeled as the betting favorites in the series, but it won’t be an easy task any means. All that sets up what should be a highly entertaining NBA Finals matchup.