Los Angles Lakers forward LeBron James dribbles the ball in NBA action.
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When it comes to modern basketball, it’s tough to get any bigger than LeBron James.

After bursting onto the scene in high school, LeBron entered the 2003 NBA Draft. In a move that seemed straight out of a fairy tale, he joined his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, as the first overall pick. He quickly lived up to the hype and emerged as a legitimate star.

In July 2010, though, everything changed. During an ESPN special dubbed The Decision, King James infamously announced that he was taking his talents to South Beach. He would win two NBA championships with the Miami Heat before returning to Cleveland. He’d add another ring in 2016, finally bringing a title to Ohio, and secured a fourth in 2020 as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

While LeBron can be a divisive player, there’s no arguing with his raw talent and overall resume. He’s won four championships, four NBA Finals MVPs, and four regular-season MVP crowns across 19 professional campaigns and has deservedly become one of the faces of the Association.

  • Current team: Los Angeles Lakers
  • Former teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat
  • Position: Forward
  • Drafted: No. 1 overall in 2003 by the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Shooting hand: Right
  • Nicknames: King James, LBJ

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