The Health Institute is thrilled to announce the winner to our Summer 2017 Essay Competition on the subject of “Why is LeBron James the G.O.A.T (Greatest of all Time)”. We had 12 student entries from Canada, Barbados and the UK and were impressed with all of them, but one stood out. We would like to present Josh Lowe of Barbados with one pair of size 12 LeBron XIII LMTD shoes, thanks to the Nike Family via Crown League for the donation. Read his winning entry below.

LeBron James, a familiar name anywhere you go. A name associated with pure dominance and increasing success. He is without a doubt the greatest basketball player of all time, and I’m about to explain why.

Standing at 6’ 8” and weighing in at 250 pounds LeBron already has the body of a monster. His imposing structure strikes fear in any opponent and gives him an early advantage on all his competition. He’s no traditional NBA big man however, his insane athleticism allows him to move up and down the court, with or without the ball, at speeds comparable to some of the fastest NBA guards. His jumping ability is not to be taken lightly either, as those 250 pounds don’t hold him back from flying through the air to perform countless spectacular plays. Simply put, King James is too big and strong for guards to handle, and too quick for forwards and centers to hold down.

Now that I’ve covered LeBron’s physical attributes, we move on to his impressive skill set. James is an extremely versatile small forward who truly can do it all. He is one of the most efficient scorers the league has seen, while being one of the most gifted passers of all time. He holds a career points per game average of 27.1, while in his best scoring season he held a 31.4 average. Amazingly, James puts up these numbers shooting 50% from the field on average! During his most efficient year he held a 57% field goal percentage, ranking fourth that season, only bested by Centers Dwight Howard, Andre Drummond and DeAndre Jordan! Despite his scoring prowess, LeBron’s passing ability is what separates him from other greats. Kobe hit fade away jumpers his entire career while Jordan majestically flew through the sky, but James shares the basketball in a manner reminiscent of the great Magic Johnson. A combination of no-look passes, alley-oops, and full court passes of pure power, led LeBron to a career average of 7.0 assists per game. James ranks 11th in All-Time Assists, as he continues to pass great point guards on his way into the Top-10. Additionally, LeBron holds a 7.3 rebound per game average for his career, continuing to show that he indeed can do it all.

On the defensive side of the floor James is no slouch either. He has the quickness to stay in front of most guards and the athleticism to recover for his signature chase-down block if they blow by him. The strength to handle most Power Forwards and Centers and quick hands to strip the ball without fouling. James rarely bites on pump-fakes and is hardly caught out of position, scarcely ever fouls and plays the passing lanes extremely well without gambling too much. All in all, he is more than capable of guarding any position on the basketball court.

King James has had an illustrious career so far, collecting 4 MVP Awards, 3 Finals MVP Awards for each of his 3 championships, along with 13 All-Star selections. He has been Rookie of the Year, a Scoring Champion, a part of the All-Defensive team and an Olympic Gold Medalist. You name it, LeBron James has achieved it. LeBron ranks 9th in All-Time Points and 12th in all time Assists, and even at 33 years old he shows no signs of slowing down. If he continues on this path of greatness he surely will climb near the top of those lists, passing numerous legends on his way, and ultimately cementing his spot as The Greatest Player Of All Time.

– Joshua Lowe

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