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LeBron James has had great teammates. Ranking Lakers star’s top ones

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LeBron James’ quest for his fourth NBA title began Wednesday night as the Los Angeles Lakers rolled the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Finals. Over the course of his 17-year career, which has featured 10 Finals appearances, James has had a number of great sidekicks, several who were key in helping him hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy. 

Here’s a ranking of his most complimentary teammates, excluding those he played with just in All-Star Games and with Team USA. 

1. Anthony Davis. While James has been on teams with dominant backcourt players in his career, Davis is his first dominant, MVP-caliber big man. Davis’ numbers for 2019-20 were 26.1 points and 9.3 rebounds a game, and his game-winner in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals is evidence of James not needing to be the end-of-game hero he’s been on other teams.  

Lakers forwards LeBron James and Anthony Davis celebrate after a play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. (Photo: Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports)

2. Dwyane Wade. When James first signed with the Heat in 2010 following “The Decision,” among the criticisms of his move from the Cavaliers was that the Heat would be Wade’s team. That was quickly put to rest as James used his four-year tenure in Miami to solidify himself as the best player in the league. He won two titles and was MVP two times with the Heat largely thanks to his chemistry with Wade in the open court and Wade’s complementary style as a combo guard/scorer. 

3. Kyrie Irving. When James returned to Cleveland a