According to almost every analyst and many of his peers, LeBron James is the greatest basketball player on Earth. The NBA champion is a force to be reckoned with every time he steps foot on the court. It takes a team full of All-Stars to take him down. Are there players who can take him on, in a game of one-on-one? Yes, there are players that can challenge James straight up. See if you agree with this list of exclusive players capable of beating the King.
Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
If LeBron James is 1A, then Kevin Durant is 1B. James has four years on Durant and about 15 lbs, but that won’t stop Durant. Before Durant arrived in Golden State, James was able to defeat the Warriors. Since he’s joined, James is 0-2 against the Warriors in the Finals.
Not only can James not get past Durant during a five-on-five game, but he would also have a hard time beating him in a game of one-on-one. Durant is the better shooter and has a longer wingspan, which allows him to defend James better than others. It would be a close game, but Durant takes the edge with his pure ability to score.