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Lakers news: Sports Illustrated names LeBron James No.1 in NBA

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In the latest annual rankings conducted by Sports Illustrated, James has earned the top overall spot in the league ahead of next season.

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Heading into his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers, All-Star forward LeBron James is coming off yet another highly productive year. 

All of this has led to Sports Illustrated’s annual ranking list put James at the top overall spot in the league going into his 16th campaign.

“As James (27.5 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 9.1 APG) has waded into political and social justice issues, expanded his philanthropic endeavors, launched a budding entertainment empire, and positioned himself as one of the country’s most visible fathers, he’s taken to wearing and sharing a new motto: ‘More than an athlete.’”

James has proven to be an ageless wonder as he career progresses further along. He is coming off yet another highly productive campaign that put firmly in the MVP conversation 27.5 points on 54.2 percent shooting from the field along with a career-best 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds per contest. This saw him finish third in the league in scoring and second in assists.

What has been most remarkable is that James had no drop off in his game as he has moved He was quite remarkable in the playoffs pushing the Cleveland Cavaliers to a fourth straight NBA Finals. James had pushed his game to the next level in the postseason stepping up as an even more potent scorer as he 40 or more points eight times during the playoffs that tied Hall of Famer Jerry West for the all-time mark in a single playoff run. This included dropping 51 points in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

James clearly has plenty left in the tank to play at an elite level that the Lakers hoping that he can bring over to the franchise and lead them to a tremendous amount of success. With the 33-year-old still playing some of the best basketball of his career, this could be the beginning of some exciting times back in Los Angeles.

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.
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