So who does the Miami Heat superstar put in his own top three?
In an interview with Fox Sports, James was asked to list the top three NBA players in history. The first choice was simple for James -- Michael Jordan -- but the remaining two caused him some consternation.
After a lengthy pause, he answered.
Seconds later, James asked for an exception.
"Can I get four? Magic (Johnson)."
James stayed on the perimeter for his choices, neglecting accomplished big men Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. However, it's hard to argue with James' selections, as Jordan, Erving and Bird all established themselves as premier all-around talents.
LeBron's career statistics stack up comparably when put next to his top three players. But championships are always an important factor when determining the top players of all time. Jordan won six titles with the Bulls, Bird picked up three with the Celtics and Erving captured three when taking into account the two he won with the Nets in the ABA.
At 28 years old, James has time.