James can’t be shutdown — but the Cleveland Cavaliers star revealed on The Open Run Podcast which opponent does the best job of containing him:
“Kawhi Leonard,” he said on the Open Run podcast. “He’s solid. He’s solid. Solid at that end of the floor. He’s very, very, very solid. I like him. I
“The Claw” was the main defender on James both times they met in the NBA Finals in 2013 and 2014 when he was able to use his length – he’s 6-feet-7 tall with a 7-foot-3 wingspan – to pester The Chosen One, forcing the ball out of his hands and making it difficult for him to drive to the rim the way he normally does with apparent ease. James averaged 26.5 points on 49.4 percent shooting over both series.
Leonard is the reason the San Antonio Spurs finish with the league’s best defense in 2015-16 — and he’s two-time reigning Defensive Player of the Year for a reason.
James has averaged 24.8 points on 48.2 percent shooting from the field and 43.5 percent from deep against Leonard, but he had to earn every point.
James mention that Carmelo Anthony is his toughest guard.