espnFor the sixth time in as many games, LeBron James scored at least 30 points and shot better than 60 percent from the field as the Heat beat the Portland Trail Blazers for their 1,000th win in franchise history. James went 11 of 15 from the floor (73.3 percent) and scored 30 points. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that James is the first player in NBA history to score 30 points and shoot better than 60 percent from field in six straight games. Before this season, the only players who accomplished that in five straight games were Moses Malone and Adrian Dantley. In his last six games, James is 66 of 92 from the floor (71.7 percent). On shots taken in the paint in the last six games, James is 46 of 54 — including 9 of 10 on Tuesday. James also finished with six rebounds and nine assists, the 16th time this season he’s had at least 30 points, five rebounds and five assists in a game.

At this point — for most of us living outside of New England — it’s not a matter of “if” but more a matter of “when”. The last six games have given all of us a rare glimpse of undeniable sports greatness; a clear view of dominance that can’t be written off as luck or the benefit of a good matchup. LeBron James is killing the NBA. And while the majority of folks want to shoot him straight to the top with a one-on-one comparison to Jordan, it makes more sense to judge his career one step at a time. So the question is when, if they haven’t already, will the nation accept LeBron James as the greatest to ever play his position?

Larry Legend to most of us is the person who currently occupies that spot. His career 24 pts/10 boards/6 assists averages, 3 MVPs, and 3 titles remain as proof of his excellence over a long and successful career. But all things end, as will Larry Bird’s reign as the greatest SF in NBA history. King James being two titles and a Finals MVP behind Larry Bird will be the deciding factor for some, while others will claim his current physical talents already give him the edge over Mr. Indiana. So I bring it to you, Barstool. How long do you think it’ll be before you view LeBron James as the greatest Small Forward to ever play basketball?

Vote 1 for he’s already there, 2 for two years, 3 for 3 years, and so on. A vote for 10 is basically saying “He’ll Never Get There”.

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