About two weeks ago, when the Golden State Warriors led the Cleveland Cavaliers by a 3-1 margin in the NBA Finals, so many around the country — the casual NBA fan, the passionate bloggers, the media talking heads, and even fellow NBA players and alumni — began to question the overall legacy of LeBron James. Where would he stand among the legends of the game if he lost his third straight appearance in the NBA Finals? Where would he be ranked within the pantheon of NBA greats? Two weeks later, after the Cleveland Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to come back from the 3-1 deficit, and did so against the (supposed) best team in NBA regular season history, those questions are now obsolete. LeBron James’ deliverance of a title to the Cleveland Cavaliers not only cements his legacy as one of the greatest to ever play the game, but it cements him as one of the five greatest players to ever do so. How many of James accolades must we discuss before even the most ardent critic must acknowledge this? Let’s look at what he done in just the finals alone. Facing a 3-1 deficit to the Warriors, James averaged 36.3 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 9.7 assists per game over the next three games. In Games 5 & 6 he recorded back to back 40 plus points (last time that was done in the finals was in 2000 by Shaq). In Game 7, he had 27 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds, becoming the first player to record a triple-double in Game 7 of the NBA Finals since James Worthy did it for the Showtime Lakers in 1988. He also became the first player in Finals history to lead both teams in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. Lebron along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only two players in history to win Finals MVP with 2 different teams. LeBron James is now tied the legendary Larry Bird with three NBA titles, perhaps cementing his legacy as the greatest small forward of all time. He’s tied Magic Johnson and Duncan with three Bill Russell awards: given to the MVP of the NBA Finals. Lebron as a small forward has the most Finals MVPs, he’s 2nd in Finals points, 3rd in Finals rebounds, 1st in Finals assists, 1st in Finals steals, 3rd in Finals blocks. James is 1st place with 30 point triple doubles in the Finals, 1st place in three pointers made in the Finals and 1st place with at least 30 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. In 11 career postseasons, he’s top 5 in points, assists, steals and top 10 in rebounds. As blasphemous as the comparison may be, we can even begin discussing LeBron James in the same conversation as Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest player in NBA history. But, the comparisons of what they’ve both accomplished by the age of 31 is eye-opening. At the age of 31, James and Jordan both have three championship rings. They were both two-time All Star game MVP. But at 31 (James’ present age), LeBron James is a four-time NBA MVP and a 12-time All Star; Jordan, at that same age, was only named MVP three times, and only to seven All Star games. James has been named to the All-NBA First Team 10 times already; Jordan only had seven recognitions at the same age. James has two Olympic gold medals; Jordan only had one. But by age 31 Lebron have played 4 more seasons. This isn’t to say that LeBron James is better than Michael Jordan. He has a whole lot more accolades he needs to collect before we can really start having that argument. But the argument as to whether LeBron James deserves to be mentioned among the top five players of all time is over. LeBron James ended it with his most recent NBA Finals win. Written by Shawn Gadsden