LeBron James is no longer that best player in the NBA. There, I said it. But the Los Angeles Lakers star certainly thinks he still is, or should at least be in the running.

ESPN recently released results from a poll of anonymous NBA executives and scouts, asking them a handful of questions about the upcoming season. One question in particular struck a chord with LeBron James himself – Who is the best player in the NBA heading into the 2021-22 season?

The poll resulted in a tie between Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant and Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo. The result isn’t necessarily surprising, nor is it definitive with just 10 total voters surveyed. But it was significant enough to draw a reaction from King James.

Added bulletin board material certainly won’t hurt LeBron or the Lakers’ chances this upcoming season, so that’s all well and good. But if we’re being honest, to even suggest that LeBron James has any claim as the best player in the NBA at this very moment is indefensible. We can try to pinpoint a handful of different stats, but let’s keep things simple.