1. Play on the court
When you watch LeBron play, his athletic ability is undeniable. New statistics like +\-, efficiency ratings and other relatively recent developments in statistical analysis are greatly influenced by other players in the game and an individual player can't control these numbers. Just to be clear, these statistics didn't exist when Magic, Jordan, West, Chamberlain and all of the other greats played. So I'm not talking about advanced statistics here. Statistics are used as tools to advance a persons argument and I'm not focusing on them for that reason. For example, just because Emmit Smith had more Super Bowl rings and total rushing yards doesn't mean that he was a better running back than Barry Sanders or Walter Payton. I'll keep it really simple. Within the history of the NBA, LeBron James' style of play isn't as revolutionary as Kevin Garnett. A 7' power forward that has a jump shot, killer competitiveness and a well developed post game is how KG revolutionized the NBA. LeBron is a 6'-8" 2/3 wing man that is stronger and quicker than most people his size. An amazing athlete, yes. Revolutionary, no.
To expand on the false statistical legacy generated by the adoring sports media; just because LeBron gets assists, doesn't mean he's a point guard. He is generally classified as a player that can play any position and it's not true. He is not a point guard just because he dribbles the ball up the court, just like Pippen (a point forward). Running an offense and orchestrating a team takes a lot of skills that LBJ doesn't have that true point guards have. LeBron James also has no post game even though he physically is freak of nature. That lack of versatility on offense means he's restricted to the perimeter or getting to the basket. Even with this limited position, LeBron is not set up for a long career because of his body type and his style of play. He's heavy and he has a monster's shoulders. His speed and strength are by far his greatest attributes and I predict that when his speed fades with age, so will his career because he won't be able to keep up and he won't be able to get to the hoop. With no post game and not being able to fall into a half court offense (not just the screen and roll or a motion offense) his days are numbered and his career will fade as fast as his hairline. He is dependent on his ability to take advantage of his physical gifts and not exploit the circumstances of individual scenarios, like Kobe, Michael, Chris Paul, Paul Pierce, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Dominique Wilkins could.
LeBron's game has mainly been dominant in the open court. When he's caught in a half court offense, I've seen him resort to long range, step back jump shot far too often. This is how he made the buzzer beater against Chicago the other night, but I think there is a reason his coach didn't draw up that play. The coaches job is to put players in the best position to win the game. Anyone that knows basketball knows step back, fade away jumpers are low percentage shots so regardless if he made it, I would be curious to see LeBron James field goal percentage for long range, step back three pointers. In order for LBJ to become the GOAT, he would have to master the methodical destruction of a team with his skill, not just his physical gifts. Until then, his style of play seems immature and unfocused in the sense that he's out there having fun and trying too hard to be the popular guy in the league, but doesn't have that killer instinct that the greats have. I put LeBron James and Dwight Howard in the same category of over hyped, physically gifted athletes that don't have the mental discipline to dominate their opponents and the NBA in general.