Weeks ago, I hoopserved that LeBron’s supporting cast is quite good, and, not long before that, hoopserved that LeBron, for whatever reason, is often not judged by the same standards that people use to judge other superstars.
Well, now LeBron’s supporting cast also includes Antawn Jamison, and I hope that anyone who had doubts about LeBron’s supporting cast before is now ready to acknowledge that his supporting cast is more than adequate enough for a superstar to win a championship with.
Check some numbers:
Here is a list of last year’s top-40 PPG leaders. The list includes 3 guys (Jamison, Shaq, and Mo Williams) ASIDE FROM LEBRON who are currently on the Cavs. It doesn’t include 3 guys aside from Kobe who are currently on the Lakers. Or 3 guys aside from D-Wade who are currently on the Heat. Or 3 guys aside from Carmelo who are currently on the Nuggets. So we know that LeBron’s supporting cast is right up there with anyone else’s when it comes to scoring.
Of course, the game involves more than scoring. True. So, check out a list of last year’s top-40 RPG leaders. It, like the scoring list, includes 3 guys currently on the Cavs who are not named LeBron (Jamison, Varejeo, and Shaq).
It’s also worth noting that, when the teams in the league are ranked by opponent’s points per game, the Cavs are second in the league. LeBron certainly ain’t guarding all 5 guys on the opposing team every night, so his teammates have to get some credit for playing good D, too.
Sounds like a pretty good squad to me. A once-in-a-generation player would certainly be able to win a championship with that squad.