With the redefinition of positions in full swing, categorizing players has never been so difficult. Body frames are no longer enough to put someone into a 1-5 box, hence why most people go by players' skillset.
That's exactly what ESPN's Max Kellerman did when deciding on his Top 5 point guards in the NBA today. His list sent co-host David Jacoby into a frenzy, so much so that he walked out of the studio.
LeBron James -- the greatest PG ever
The "Top 5 PGs in today's NBA" discussion quickly turned into "who's the best point guard we've ever seen." According to Kellerman, the answer to both of those questions is the same.
Jacoby was shocked after Max declared James the best point guard in the league today; however, ESPN's NBA analyst lost it once Kellerman put the Lakers superstar at the top of the all-time discussion.
"That's the greatest point guard who ever lived," Kellerman continued. "He's the primary ball-handler on every team he's ever been on. He is as good a passer as anyone who has ever lived and he runs your offense. How is that not a point guard?"
LeBron vs. Magic
LeBron's playstyle has always been point guard-like. However, it wasn't until a couple of seasons ago that he was "officially" classified as one.
Up until that point, James was the epitome of point forward -- a category Larry Bird popularized. But no matter where he played, he was always the team's go-to facilitator and, more often than not, in charge of bringing the ball up the court.
According to Jacoby, bouncing between positions should eliminate LeBron from any of the aforementioned point guard lists. But as Kellerman pointed out, the precedent for it exists.
"Who jumped at center in the 1980 Finals and gave Darryl Dawkins 40/15/7? Magic Johnson. Was he not the point guard because he was the Lakers' center that night? 'Cause he also played power forward sometimes."
Max Kellerman, ESPN
Going into the 2020/21 NBA season, LeBron said, “I’m not a point guard, not a shooting guard, a small forward, a power forward or center... I’m a ball player. Whatever it is, I just want to win, and that’s all it’s about for me.”
Looking at the entirety of his NBA run, that might be the best way to describe the Lakers superstar. James is whatever you ask him to be, and no matter the position, he is a lock to thrive.
Kellerman would put him as the greatest PG ever; most would say he's the greatest small forward ever. But no matter how you categorize him on the court, LeBron's greatness is undeniable.