Rockets GM Daryl Morey: LeBron James is best player ever by ‘big margin’
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey believes that when it comes to the debate over who’s the best basketball player of all-time, it’s LeBron James without question … at least when it comes from the perspective of analytics, one of Morey’s favorite tools.
Morey joined “The Dan Patrick Show” on Wednesday and argued James is the NBA’s greatest ever by a “big margin” according to the aforementioned analytics.
"At this point, it's become a bit of a big margin that [LeBron James is the best player in NBA history.]" – Rockets GM Daryl Morey on how LeBron stacks up if you look at analytics on @dpshow
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Morey went on to cite James’ unparalleled ability “generate wins and championship probability,” adding, “You don’t need all the numbers. You can watch as well and see that.”
Determining the greatest ever in anything of course inspires debate and rarely is a consensus be reached by parties who see such matters from differing perspectives.
Still, even the most embittered James critic would find it difficult to formulate an argument against his inclusion within the pantheon of the best NBA players of all-time, from an analytics perspective or otherwise. Three NBA titles (in which he earned MVP), four-time league MVP … the list of accolades and awards are endless.
Amazingly, James has exhibited no evidence there will be any slowing down anytime soon, despite the considerable wear and tear eight consecutive trips to the NBA Finals undoubtedly has had on his sturdy, 33-year-old frame.
In other words, James is nowhere close to being done, which means The King can continue to reinforce his arguably rightful claim to the title of world’s greatest basketball player ever.
Unfortunately for Morey, however, is that his Rockets squad will now be seeing a lot more of James now that he’s set up shop in the Western Conference with the Los Angeles Lakers.