LeBron James still has no signature move.
How is it possible to be the best basketball player in the world and not have a go to move? Well if a player has the size and strength of Karl Malone, the passing skills of Magic Johnson, the highlight dunking ability of Dominique Wilkins, and athleticism that surpasses the greatness of Michael Jordan, maybe signature moves are just too mainstream.
But most of the greatest players to ever touch a basketball all had an unstoppable move. Dirk Nowitzki ‘s one foot fade away, Jordan’s elbow fade away, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s sky hook all transformed great players to superstars and superstars to in the discussion of top 15 to 20 players of all time. James is still a three-time NBA MVP, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, and a reining NBA Finals MVP but he knows he can be better and needs a signature move.
He has apparently been auditioning moves to add to his game, but is still unsure of which one will fit.
“I’m still developing. Ten years in the league, I still have no idea what my signature move would be,” James said.
James has yet to earn the right to be called clutch and that is rooted from his lack of a signature move. James has often times taken the ball at the top of the key and taken what the defense gives him whether it be passing to an open teammate for a jump shot or settling for a low-percentage fall away shot.
James will be forced to avoid those type of situations by playing more in the post but still admits his “go to” strategy when a play is broken.
“If I had to make one move to get a basket, it would probably start with me out top, with a right-to-left crossover facing up,” James said. “Then, I’d just have to see where that takes me. I’m trying to work on a couple from the post, though. So we’ll see how that goes, too.”
It is mind boggling to know that the league’s best player still has no marquee move but the fact that he has accomplished so much without it, speaks to how good he and the Miami Heat will be once he develops one.