10 NBA Teams That Couldn’t Win A Championship Even With LeBron James

By Jerry Landry
10 NBA Teams That Couldn’t Win A Championship Even With LeBron James
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10 NBA Teams That Couldn’t Win A Championship Even With LeBron James

10 NBA Teams That Couldn’t Win A Championship Even With LeBron James Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
If you haven’t dispelled the notion that one man cannot win a championship, then get to exorcising that irrational demon. Take the halo from Michael Jordan's head and clear the fog that's clouding your memory. Jordan needed every effort of Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Steve Kerr, a bevy of role players and the NBA's best foreign player - Tony Kukoc. Not to mention the Chicago Bulls won 55 games the season after Jordan retired. To win a title, it takes a village with a vast pool of talent. Unfortunately for some teams, they just can't make it happen. Even with the services of LeBron James, these 10 teams would still be left lusting for a title.

10 NBA Teams That Couldn’t Win A Championship Even With LeBron James

If you haven’t dispelled the notion that one man cannot win a championship, then get to exorcising that irrational demon. Take the halo from Michael Jordan's head and clear the fog that's clouding your memory. Jordan needed every effort of Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Steve Kerr, a bevy of role players and the NBA's best foreign player - Tony Kukoc. Not to mention the Chicago Bulls won 55 games the season after Jordan retired. To win a title, it takes a village with a vast pool of talent. Unfortunately for some teams, they just can't make it happen. Even with the services of LeBron James, these 10 teams would still be left lusting for a title.

10. New York Knicks

10. New York Knicks Credit: Twitter
James would feed both Carmelo Anthony’s ego and spray chart, but to win a title all five must play defense at all times. Although former defensive defector James Harden showed more effort on the other side of the floor in the 2015 playoffs, it just doesn’t seem that Anthony could consistently turn in a two-sided game with an aging body.

10. New York Knicks

James would feed both Carmelo Anthony’s ego and spray chart, but to win a title all five must play defense at all times. Although former defensive defector James Harden showed more effort on the other side of the floor in the 2015 playoffs, it just doesn’t seem that Anthony could consistently turn in a two-sided game with an aging body.

9. Sacramento Kings

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With the talk of DeMarcus Cousins unceremoniously departing, James would hypothetically arrive to an absence of riches. Becoming a team even LeBron couldn't turn around to a title.

9. Sacramento Kings

With the talk of DeMarcus Cousins unceremoniously departing, James would hypothetically arrive to an absence of riches. Becoming a team even LeBron couldn't turn around to a title.

8. Miami Heat

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The Heat basically proved this point in 2014, albeit losing to an ungodly cohesive San Antonio Spurs team. The East is easy, but putting together a new big three would be very hard.

8. Miami Heat

The Heat basically proved this point in 2014, albeit losing to an ungodly cohesive San Antonio Spurs team. The East is easy, but putting together a new big three would be very hard.

7. Brooklyn Nets

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The Nets changed scenery, changed uniforms, but have yet to leave the middle of the road in the NBA standings. James can make an average team spectacular in spurts, but it’s being elite over the long haul that brings home the hardware. Deron Williams plus James plus Brook Lopez just doesn’t equal excellence.

7. Brooklyn Nets

The Nets changed scenery, changed uniforms, but have yet to leave the middle of the road in the NBA standings. James can make an average team spectacular in spurts, but it’s being elite over the long haul that brings home the hardware. Deron Williams plus James plus Brook Lopez just doesn’t equal excellence.

6. Charlotte Hornets

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Talk about an interesting scenario. Jordan being James’ boss. I’d love to see this, but I’d be crazy to think it’d actually work out. Jordan is surrounded by “yes men” who have a hard time giving the Jumpman brutally honest feedback. Signing James would be a talented move, but that’s about the extent of greatness Jordan could muster off the floor.

6. Charlotte Hornets

Talk about an interesting scenario. Jordan being James’ boss. I’d love to see this, but I’d be crazy to think it’d actually work out. Jordan is surrounded by “yes men” who have a hard time giving the Jumpman brutally honest feedback. Signing James would be a talented move, but that’s about the extent of greatness Jordan could muster off the floor.

5. Philadelphia 76ers

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Even if we concede the 76ers will eventually “get there,” we’ll have to admit that the team is still much too young. James would be beyond prime and no longer an asset by the time Philadelphia finally matures.

5. Philadelphia 76ers

Even if we concede the 76ers will eventually “get there,” we’ll have to admit that the team is still much too young. James would be beyond prime and no longer an asset by the time Philadelphia finally matures.

4. Denver Nuggets

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The Nuggets have characteristically done more with less, but it’s no indictment that adding James wouldn’t help. It’s just that LeBron’s window is closing and the Nuggets likely couldn’t make the moves to complete the championship cast.

4. Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets have characteristically done more with less, but it’s no indictment that adding James wouldn’t help. It’s just that LeBron’s window is closing and the Nuggets likely couldn’t make the moves to complete the championship cast.

3. Dallas Mavericks

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The Mavericks’ average age is nearly 30 (29.4) and that’s a prima facie case of deterring James from joining. But if LeBron were to dive into Big D for argument’s sake, it’d still be an impractical championship venture.

3. Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks’ average age is nearly 30 (29.4) and that’s a prima facie case of deterring James from joining. But if LeBron were to dive into Big D for argument’s sake, it’d still be an impractical championship venture.

2. Phoenix Suns

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The Suns have some talented pieces, but these ingredients would amount nowhere near creating a championship roster. Eric Bledsoe is a second-tier guard and Brandon Knight is a work in progress. James could take this team to the finals (LeBron could take your local 4-H sponsored team there as well) -- if they were in the East. But out West, it's just too tough a task.

2. Phoenix Suns

The Suns have some talented pieces, but these ingredients would amount nowhere near creating a championship roster. Eric Bledsoe is a second-tier guard and Brandon Knight is a work in progress. James could take this team to the finals (LeBron could take your local 4-H sponsored team there as well) -- if they were in the East. But out West, it's just too tough a task.

1. Chicago Bulls

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It’s not a talent issue, it’s a money and loyalty issue. The Bulls have their ties to Derrick Rose and Rose has his knees tied to infinitely massive cinder blocks that are dragging the Bulls to the bottom of Lake Michigan. A bleak reality even King James couldn’t brighten.

1. Chicago Bulls

It’s not a talent issue, it’s a money and loyalty issue. The Bulls have their ties to Derrick Rose and Rose has his knees tied to infinitely massive cinder blocks that are dragging the Bulls to the bottom of Lake Michigan. A bleak reality even King James couldn’t brighten.

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