The Los Angeles Lakers are emerging as one of the favorites to win the NBA title among fans. It’s never a good look to get swept in the conference finals, but it’s difficult to avoid ranking a team that has LeBron James and Anthony Davis among title contenders.
LeBron James already has four NBA championships in his pocket, and a fifth one could be just within his reach. If we look at the years in which King James has been crowned champion, we can observe a pattern. LeBron wins a title every four years, and 2024 is his year to win the NBA title. James has amassed a total of four NBA titles with four finals MVPs over the course of his remarkable career.
He displayed his enormous talent, leadership, and capacity to perform at his very best when it counts.
Every 4 years LeBron wins a championship
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These rings came in 2012, 2013, 2016, and 2020. It was posted on social media that James’ rings came at an interval of 4 years (2012–2016–2020), hinting at a possible championship in the upcoming NBA season of 2023–24. Fans had mixed reactions to the post that read “Next year has something great in store for us”.
While some fans were manifesting Laker wins in the coming season, others were busy pointing out LeBron’s failure in the years that he didn’t win a chip.
Can LeBron James win his 5th title next year?
Despite having two stars who are prone to injuries, the Lakers showed in 2023 that they are still capable of winning. Additionally, they were able to improve their team through free agency. The Lakers may make another strong postseason run this coming season if LeBron James and Anthony Davis are able to avoid significant injuries.
Competence is all that is required when you have James and Davis. The Lakers have finally cleared that admittedly low hurdle. Nonetheless, being swept by the Nuggets in the WC Finals exposed the gap between them and a championship-caliber squad.
More impressively, the Lakers were maybe the first team in franchise history to convert November boos into April roars unrivaled in the downtown arena’s history. During the trade deadline, the Lakers’ metamorphosis pushed them to prominence in the Western Conference.
Their loss to the Denver Nuggets may have overshadowed their overall performance. But a deeper look reveals that the Lakers’ point differential disadvantage against Denver was the lowest of any team they played. The Lakers are primed to fight for the NBA title with a revitalized roster and greater depth. Recognizing their progress and thinking of them as clear-cut Western Conference title candidates is critical.