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LeBron James names 'the No. 1 smartest' teammate he's ever had: 'He knows everything'

According to the four-time MVP, the smartest of them all was neither a celebrated NBA star nor a one-time All-Star.
LeBron James and Shane Battier

LeBron James and Shane Battier

There are a handful of things to commend about LeBron James, and one of them is having been able to become the face of every franchise he signed with. Some are not happy about it, but one thing we can't deny is that "King James" was able to bring a championship to every team he played for.

In the process, he also played along with an array of All-Stars and the so-called "underrated" players, and for sure, James could identify the unique traits of most of them.

The King appoints the smartest teammate he's ever played with

Often blamed for the emergence of super teams in the league, James evidently likes the idea of stacking his team with talented players. And according to the four-time MVP, the smartest of them all was neither a celebrated NBA star nor a one-time All-Star. Instead, it was former Miami Heat role player Shane Battier.

"If Miami Heat players need a question answered, they turn to Battier, their versatile forward — versatile, that is, with his knowledge," James said via Slam Online. "He's probably the No. 1 smartest basketball player and person I've been around. He knows everything."

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Indeed, it's one thing to have a great basketball IQ, and it's another to have a high IQ off the court. Apparently, Battier has had both throughout his playing years in the NBA. It speaks a lot of his ability to step up and rise during crunch time, whether on the offensive or the defensive end.

In terms of defense, Battier has earned a reputation for locking up the opposing team's go-to guys, most notably, the late Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. As for the offense, Battier was not really a scorer, but he could nail a couple of buckets whenever necessary. And he proved it in the most crucial game of the 2013 NBA Finals.

Shane also earned D-Wade's respect

In the thrilling Game 7 of the NBA Finals in 2013, all of the San Antonio Spurs' eyes were on the usual suspects such as James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. No one expected Battier to step up and become the biggest threat in Miami.

As the game went on, Battier got hot and drilled six treys to lift the Heat to an NBA title.

"He's just a big-time player," Wade said of Battier after the game. "He's going to go down as one of my favorite teammates of all time just because of the guy that he is."

Indeed, Battier doesn't have the most impressive individual honors to his name. However, the fact that he got legendary players like LeBron and D-Wade raving about him is something we should all acknowledge.

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