“LeBron James is the smartest NBA player ever”: When Jerry West lauded the Lakers superstar right after he won his 4th ever title

Advait Jajodia
|Published September 05, 2021

Right after LeBron James won his 4th NBA title at the Orlando Bubble, former Lakers legend Jerry West called “The King” the “smartest basketball player” he had ever seen.

LeBron James is arguably one of the greatest players to lace up on the basketball court. For over 18 years now, King James has been putting on a show every single night he set foot on the floor. His unique gameplay, versatility and durability are unparalleled, due to which is compared to Michael Jordan for the GOAT debate.

LBJ has a very celebrated and highly-decorated basketball career. In his 18-year professional career, Bron has put together a rather surreal resume with 17 All-Star appearances, 17 All-NBA selections, 4 NBA Championships, 4 Finals MVPs, 4 MVPs and will surely be a first-ballot Hall-Of-Famer once he decides to hang his boots.

Apart from having such a dominant all-around game, Bron is even one of the smartest players the league has ever seen. Having such a high Basketball IQ has helped the Lakers forward throughout the course of his illustrious career. Teammates, opponents, coaches and many more have been left in awe of James’ intelligence on the court. Jerry West is just one of many to recognise this natural trait LeBron has.

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“LeBron James is someone who’d be fun to play with because he plays the ultimate team game”: Jerry West

A week after the Lakers lifted their 17th NBA Championship, and LeBron won his 4th Finals MVP award, Jerry West made an appearance on the “SiriusXM NBA Radio” and spoke about LeBron. “The Logo”, who has been a LeBron James fan ever since the King entered the league, gave out some huge compliments to the Lakers megastar.

“Well LeBron James is just an amazing player,” said West. “When you watch him play, he leaves nothing on the table in terms of his personal investment in the game, his work ethic. He’s maybe the smartest player I have ever seen play basketball.”

“Along with his enormous size, skill level, I’m a huge fan of his,” West continued. “And he’s someone who it’d be fun to play with because he plays the ultimate team game.”

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Well, “Mr Clutch” isn’t wrong at all. Apart from being one of the most brutal forces and athletics scorers, LeBron James can read the defense better than anyone, has a detailed knowledge of all the players in the league, has carefully analysed his teammates’ advantages and disadvantages in order to make them better players, and is even dedicated enough to study the game pretty often.

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On numerous instances in his career, LeBron James has made it pretty evident that having overlooked intangible assets like intelligence and a high basketball IQ will surely pay off.

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Advait Jajodia

Advait Jajodia

A 20-year-old with a BBA degree specializing in marketing, Advait Jajodia is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush and a passionate basketball enthusiast. Advait has been immersed in the world of basketball since picking up a basketball at the age of 9. Excelling as a two-time national-level player, specifically as a point guard during the Golden State Warriors' dominant era, he draws inspiration from the electrifying style of Stephen Curry. Beyond the NBA, Advait finds joy in playing various sports, exploring intriguing conspiracy theories, and boosting his 2K rating to 99. He also holds admiration for athletes like Rafael Nadal, Virat Kohli, and Phil Foden, recognizing their exceptional skills.

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