Miami Heat's LeBron James: 2013 NBA Finals Brightest Star

By Zach Slotter
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From his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers, many in the NBA knew LeBron James would eventually become the best player on the planet.

The question always remained — would he ever become a champion?

After one finals appearance in seven seasons with the Cavs, James joined forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to form a team that was supposed to win championship after championship for years to come. After winning Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals last night against the San Antonio Spurs, two championships in three years is a pretty good start.

For all of those critics who say James couldn’t win a championship on his own, make no mistake that when the question is asked of what LeBron James meant to the Miami Heat repeat: the answer is simply everything.

Throughout the duration of the NBA Finals, James averaged 25.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.3 steals. If you look at the last two games specifically, James had a triple-double and scored 18 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and overtime in a comeback win in Game 7. In Game 7, he scored 37 points, including five 3-pointers to wrap up his second straight title.

For those who say James is not clutch: he hit the jumper to put them up four with 27 seconds left and hit two free throws four seconds later to ice the game.

For those who say James couldn’t win on his own: one-third of the Big Three, Chris Bosh, had zero points in Game 7. Wade and Bosh combined for 24 points in games six while LeBron dropped 32 of his own. He also shut down one of the league’s best players in Tony Parker as he shot 9-for-35 in the last two games.

LeBron will have his critics for leaving Cleveland to come over to Miami, but he has been the main reason the Heat have won two straight championship rings. As he’s by ar and beyond the best player on the planet, as James so eloquently put it in his postgame press conference, “he ain’t got no worries.”

Zach Slotter is a writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @zslot6, Like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google

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