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LeBron James Isn’t Top 10 in CBS’ Best NBA Players Ranking

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 28: LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on January 28, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeat the Lakers 125-121. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

LeBron James isn’t in the top 10 in CBS Sports’ recent list of top 100 NBA players. Fans rally to let social media know that he deserves at least the top 10. The 38-year-old will be going up to his 21st season when the league starts again this October.

CBS Sports’ Top 20 NBA Players for the 2023-2024 Season

  1. Nikola Jokic
  2. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  3. Stephen Curry
  4. Luka Doncic
  5. Kevin Durant
  6. Joel Embiid
  7. Jayson Tatum
  8. Devin Booker
  9. Jimmy Butler
  10. Damian Lillard
  11. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  12. LeBron James
  13. Anthony Davis
  14. Ja Morant
  15. Kawhi Leonard
  16. Donovan Mitchell
  17. Paul George
  18. Jamal Murray
  19. De’Aaron Fox
  20. Bam Adebayo

LeBron James Isn’t Top 10 and that blows people’s minds

The 19-time All-Star has always been in the fans’ top 10 list. Users seeing James not achieve the top 10 seems unreal, as some would state.

The power forward’s journey started back in 2003, and it’s almost always been an upward journey. The first overall pick of 2003, some claim he has shown incredible prowess in balancing work and his public image. He had recently broken the league’s all-time scoring record.

Not only that, but the former MVP has won a total of four rings during his career, and that number might still go up. The first two were with his Heat team during the Big Three, consisting of James, Wade, and Bosh in 2012 and 2013. The third one would be when he went home to the Cavaliers in 2016. The fourth, of course, would be his current team: the Lakers in 2020.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 24: LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after making a basket during overtime of a game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Crypto.com Arena on April 24, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
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Boasting one of the highest career stats, being fourth on assists with 10,420 and sixth on points-per-game with 27.2. This is only three points below some fans’ GOAT: Michael Jordan.

Despite the numbers, some fans can’t agree that James can contest for the GOAT title. Furthermore, other fans are questioning why the Lakers’ forward isn’t at least in the top 10.

The top 10 list goes: Lillard, Butler, Booker, Tatum, Embiid, Durant, Doncic, Curry, Antetokounmpo and Jokic.

Fans think James deserves more

Twitter users congregated and talked about James’ 12th spot on the list.

“That’s crazy, he is top six.”


Meanwhile, others think he will only use this as motivation to go up the ranks once again.

Do you think that LeBron James deserves to be higher on the list, or does he deserve the 12th spot?