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We're halfway through the 2010-2011 NBA season and the annual Lebron James MVP talk is in full swing. Lebron James is enjoying another great (statistical) season. While I will never bash the man's playing ability, I will bash his clutch ability. And, for that I deem him the most overrated player in the NBA today and the most overrated NBA star in history.

Because, if Lebron was that great he would have won a title by now. Don't give me the garbage argument about how he didn't play with anybody. In today's weak NBA, he could have won it himself if he was truly that "great."

This year he's racking up great numbers - 26 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds a game. If we're talking about fantasy basketball, he's certainly an MVP candidate. But, this isn't fantasy basketball. And, because he was too chicken s*** to try and do it on his own in Cleveland, he took his game to Miami where he can leech off Dwyane Wade, a real winner. Added to that, Chris Bosh (possibly the best power forward in the league) is down there as well. There is just no bleeping way you can argue Lebron James is the MVP of the league, not when he's playing with two elite players.

Here are some of the other most overrated players in NBA history, and it could be argued that Lebron James tops that list.

Karl Malone: By far #1 on my list. 19 seasons with 25 ppg, 10 rpg, and zero championships. He was nicknamed the "Mailman" but when it came to championships, he might as well have been the lazy postal worker who hides in the back rather than waits on you at the counter when there's a line leading out into the street.

Carmelo Anthony: Do I even have to discuss this? I will. "Melo" is a joke. Why so many people want him traded to their team is beyond me. His teams have been an atrocity in the postseason. Another good athlete who puts up great numbers, but never has and never will win. Not unless he goes to a team with two other superstars. Sounds like somebody else...

Kevin McHale: Played with Larry Bird, Robert Parish, and Danny Ainge. On any other team he was Christian Laetner with a bad haircut.

Bill Laimbeer: Dirtiest player in NBA history and played with Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, and Dennis Rodman. Oh yeah, Chuck Daly was the coach too, who may have been among the top 5 greatest coaches ever.

Robert Horry: While he came up big in the big games, he was always on the perfect teams. He wasn't the reason for his teams' successes. He played with the likes of Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, and Tim Duncan. He won six titles, but only because he played with some of the greatest players in NBA history.

Patrick Ewing: He was another player who was great in the regular season, but came up emptier than an empty pack of cigs in the playoffs.

When you consider how statistically "great" the so-called King James is, he is the most overrated player in NBA history. He might win a title or two in Miami, but it won't be his doing.

All in all, Lebron James is a great athlete, great statistical player, and in love with himself. He's to the NBA what Bobby Abreu was to the Philadelphia Phillies before they became winners. Great numbers when they don't count are just hollow statistics.

Finally, pumping one's chest and throwing a rosin bag up in the air doesn't make them a great player or a leader. It just makes them the epitome of this joke of a league.

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