Magic Johnson Says LeBron James Is Top Player In The World, Not Patrick Mahomes

Magic Johnson is well aware of the impact LeBron had on the Los Angeles Lakers. If you ask him, the former Lakers president of basketball operations would say that LeBron is the top player in the world.

Johnson appeared on ESPN’s First Take. He said King James is “the No. 1 sports player in the world” and put him ahead of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

“When we got to January, and LeBron kept dominating. Then on the [March 6 game], he defended Giannis Antetokounmpo and did an amazing job. LeBron did and dominated in scoring, rebounds, and assists. Then he turned around [on March 8], they beat the Clippers…he dominated on both ends of the court. I said ‘that’s your MVP.’ So LeBron James, to me, right now if the season ended today, is the MVP of the league. … I like Patrick Mahomes, but he’s no LeBron James. And LeBron James is the No. 1 sports player in the world.”

LeBron is the top player on the planet

LeBron averaged 30.2 points, 9.9 assists, 8.6 rebounds and was shooting 54.6 percent from the field in the last 10 games he saw action in. His team went 8-2 in those 10 games. Let’s not forget that LeBron and his teammates won the games against the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers. That’s not something you underestimate.

This started on Feb. 12. That’s 10 days after Mahomes led his Kansas City Chiefs to their first Super Bowl win in 50 years. His postseason performance was brilliant, and Mahomes had 901 yards passing, 135 yards rushing and 12 total touchdowns in three games.

Mahomes and his team won all three of their playoff contests by at least 11 points after trailing by at least 10 points. 

Of course, the Lakers superstar has a nice advantage over Mahomes. This includes every aspect of his game and preparation. LeBron is 11 years older than Mahomes and has 16 All-Star appearances. He has won four MVP awards and three championships. The kid from Akron put the Lakers on top of the Western Conference with a 49-14 record.