I do not agree with this at all. LeBron is definitely not one-dimensional. He has a complete game, the problem is that he's not mentally locked in all the time. He can do anything on the floor, he has no limitations other than his aggressiveness. When he's focused and taking advantage of his mismatches (which he hasn't done for much of this series), there is no way to stop him. There's a reason why he's the best player in the world, it's because he's unstoppable when he's locked in. He doesn't have the same limitations he did in Cleveland because he's vastly improved in both his perimeter and post game. Though he may zone in and out of games from time to time, there's no denying how great of a player he is.
Blake can't shoot and has terrible shot mechanics, has no perimeter game at all, can't orchestrate an offense from the top of the key, can't consistently push a fastbreak or break down defenses off the dribble, isn't anywhere near LeBron in the playmaking department, and he's nowhere near as serious a mismatch for the opposition. You stick length on Blake Griffin, body him up a bit and play physical, and he'll be taken out of the game. Completely ineffective because if he can't get going offensively or in transition then he's got zero impact on the rest of the game.
LeBron isn't ineffective when he's not getting to the paint, he still finds ways to impact the game even if he isn't scoring. That's the appeal of LeBron; he doesn't need to be scoring 25+ nightly to have an impact. He's an elite help defender (Blake has no idea what defense is), a very solid man defender, a great playmaker, great at moving without the ball, and he's a threat all over the floor. You can't just leave LeBron alone wide open, he'll burn you if he's shooting in rhythm. His biggest issue in this series, and in the 2011 Finals, was his tentativeness on the perimeter. We've seen what he's capable of when he's locked in and focused, his performance last night in the 4th quarter and OT is testament to that.
And LeBron HAS gotten a post-game. It's the most effective post-game in the league, and that's not even debatable. He hasn't taken advantage of it in this series, nor has he taken advantage of the spacing San Antonio has granted him, but that's a mental issue. It has nothing to do with his skills and ability. Blake has a minimal post-game, length bothers him considerably, and he doesn't have the coordination or speed and quickness of LeBron in the interior. He can't compare to him.
That's some naive thinking believing that the Clippers will never be relevant just because of their franchise history. That's the same faulty logic I've been hearing from certain Lakers fans the last two years who are, for some strange reason, content with mediocrity. Why is there this thinking that just because we're the Lakers and they're the Clippers that things will remain the status quo? If we continue to make bad decisions as a franchise and shoot ourselves in the foot over and over, the Clippers can easily become better than us. Gifting them Dwight Howard would not be shooting ourselves in the foot, but more like a missile to the face. It would be devastating.
When you combine the best playmaker in the league alongside the best center in the league you create a monstrous duo that will be unbelievably difficult to contain. Just surround them with capable shooters and you have the blueprint for a WCF caliber team. They'll obviously have to address coaching and other departments, but with a duo of Dwight and CP3, they'll have no trouble attracting people for the job. There are many coaches who would LOVE to be the head of that team. I would be very scared of a team featuring Dwight, CP3, a cast of roleplayers who buy into their role, and an effective head coach. I don't care what the name of that team is, that's irrelevant here. Talent wins in the NBA, be it in Los Angeles or some nowhere team like Milwaukee.
As for your last point, assists per game isn't the best indicator of a player's passing ability. Blake has a higher career apg than Shaq, Hakeem, and even Tim Duncan, but you can't run an offense through him like you could with those all-timers. Raw assist numbers just demonstrate the fact that the player can find open teammates who can then finish. There is far more to being a good passer than assist numbers. They need to know when to make a pass, when to be aggressive, how to initiate the offense that leads to a good shot for someone else on the team, how to collapse defenses and find the open man on the perimeter, etc. Just because a player isn't credited with the assist doesn't mean that they weren't responsible for the success on a given offensive possession.
I'm just trying to make the comparison that both Lebron and Blake are rough around the edges in terms of offensive game. In no way am I saying that blake has greatness potential, but Im pointing out that lebrons game at times is just one dimensional. You say mental lapses, either way if you cant do anything other than one thing regardless for the reason that is causing it you are in fact on dimensional. Look at it this way if Durant needs a bucket what can he do to get it? He can pull up, take it to the hole, take someone off the dribble, or even just shot it with a defender in his shirt. Kobe can back you down in the post and kill you with footwork, hit that turn around dagger, or much even just shot it with a defender in his shirt. When lebron needs a basket what can he do? Just run at the hoop. We saw this last night. He was trying to live off jumpers and was what 3 for 12 because his jimmy is broke. However, once he just went stright to the hoop and attacked he actually became efficient. Im not saying there is a problem with that, all players have a bread and butter and Lebron's bread and butter is just ungurardable. However, if you force him to do anything else he becomes a 20 ppg inefficent scorer and thats if he is getting to the line. Seen in this finals when he is stopped from driving and two finals ago when he was passive. Its been seen before, people know its possible to do that even if you need lebrons help to do it. This guy gets sagged off about 5 feet from mid range. What?!? And he still cant hit a jumper with some damn consistency. He shoots what like 22% outside of the paint for his finals career, sounds pretty one dimensional to me.
Blakes bread and butter is dunking, and hes pretty good at that. Im not someone that is amazed by great acts of athleticism, if I was I would love lebron, but I do know that if a player only has one go to move and they are still dropping 20/10 they can become much better all around if they add stuff to their game. Blake has all the intangibles, just lacking the skill that comes with the game. You talk about a post game lebron has, yea if I suppose beating up on smaller defenders down low as a post game he does have that. He doesnt have the real footwork, or even post moves to say his post game is there. When a defender is his size and length down low his post game is him just trying a turn around little floater that isnt consistent at all. He needs to take advantage of mismatches, which is great and does point to his bball iq, but that doesnt mean he has a post game. When boris diaw is on him or Leonard is why doesnt he take them down low? Becuase he knows he doesnt have the skill set to get a good look against those guys in the post. Im sure blake wouldnt have a problem backing tony parker down either.
If anything you are just proving my point, when he is locked in and attacking the basket, yea thats what needs and has to do because that is what his whole game is. He is a wing player that his only offensive weapon that is consistent is his drive. I can name some players where you can stop them from doing one thing all game and I bet they would still get theirs, you take away lebrons drive and well you really dont have to worry about him beating you on the offensive end. Blake is much like that right now, but that doesnt mean he cant improve. Again I point that when Lebron was Blake's age and had even a worst jumper then he does now and no semblance of a post game they all said those things will come with time, but if that idea is thought about for blake its blasphemous and never gonna be true. You cant give lebron the benefit of doubt when he was young that his game was gonna grow, and not give it to blake where is the fairness in that?
I just feel like Blake gets a bad rep around here. He is a 24 year old KID, who only played three seasons in the league. As a rookie without chris paul when he was the focal point of the offense he dropped 23 and 12 on 51%. Like really? Those numbers are great, sure he did it just by dunking on fools, but lebron gets his 27 and 8 just by driving and kicking out. Again there is nothing wrong with this, that is lebrons game, but lets not act like he has an array of consistent offense moves that rival those of the most skilled players in the league. Offensively skill wise lebron is probably number three in Small Forwards . You can disagree all you want, but all of lebrons offense and his production is generated off one thing; his drive. Saying he has a consistent jumper when he gets hot doesnt mean anything, when forced to settle for jumpers he is not the best player in the league. If you tell any coach Lebron will just shoot jumpers for the game they will think they already won. I know he is a playmaker but that goes back to his drive yet again.
I know we are never gonna reach an agreement or hell maybe even an understatement at this point lol, but I just feel that Blake can become more than what he is now. I'm not even a fan of blake, but I know that he has so much room to improve and that its all things he can learn to do. For the sake of argument lets say lebron does have all those moves and his offensive skill set is money, it took him 9 years to get those, why is blake a failure if he doesnt have them after 3?
Edited by PhillyLaker24, June 19, 2013 - 08:37 PM.