LeBron James is one of the best players in the NBA today. While his offensive numbers are always excellent, his defensive efforts always go under the radar. James has made the All-NBA Defensive first team five times in his career and once made the second team. And tonight, James showed how hard he works on both ends of the court when he went up against the Wizards.
LeBron James works hard on defense
In the game against the Wizards, LeBron won the ball for the Lakers. But it caught a few awkward bounces, and the ball was almost about to go out of bounds. However, LeBron caught the ball and threw it all the way across the court, where Kyle Kuzma was waiting. Kuzma laid it off to KCP for an open three to take the lead.
James has been fantastic this season for the Lakers. With Anthony Davis facing significant struggles this season, James stepped up in a big way for them. Early in the season, Davis did not perform as well as many expected him to. A player of AD’s quality rarely has those kinds of struggles. The problems only got worse when Davis ended up having to sit out injured for a significant period of time.
Currently, LeBron James is the main offensive option for the Lakers during their games. But his defensive work goes unnoticed. His effort on defense has helped the Lakers win several games across the season, including their overtime win against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
LBJ is responsible for the Lakers
With Anthony Davis gone, James will be expected to do even more. Davis was the defensive stopper for the Lakers, and without him, the Lakers will be vulnerable going into the closing stretch of the season. But James is one of the most physically gifted players of his generation and can step up in the big moments when he is asked to.
But can James be the defensive stalwart as well? At age 36, the Lakers run the risk of asking too much of LeBron. However, he has shown that he is still capable of playing at a high level, and he continues to be the best player for the Lakers. But even he has a lot on his plate with the Lakers’ current state.
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