LeBron James might not be the unanimous best player in the NBA anymore, but most people around the league still think he’s really, really good, and this year’s general manager survey is evidence of that.
James wasn’t voted the NBA’s best small forward for the first time since NBA.com started doing the GM surveys in 2006, but he was among the top-three vote-getters in the best point guard, best small forward and best power forward categories. James also received votes for Most Valuable Player after receiving 30 percent of the votes last year. However, the votes were so mixed this year that James Harden didn’t even crack the top-five for MVP voting.
Surprisingly, James didn’t receive any votes for most athletic. He might not be Zion Williamson — who received the majority of votes for most athletic — but even at 34 years old, there are few players that are better all-around athletes than James.
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James did come out on top in the best passer category for the second consecutive year, though. And rightfully so — I mean, look at this sorcery:
It’s probably for that same reason that James received the most votes for “best basketball IQ.” Here’s that pass from last night’s win again:
But James wasn’t just recognized for his on-court skills. He received the third-most votes for the best leader category — a category he received the most votes for last season. Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard beat James out this year.
James also received votes for toughest player and most versatile player. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the only player more versatile than James, according to the GM survey.
Again, James might not be uncontested best player in the league, but to say he’s underrated would be inaccurate, too.