LeBron James is an NBA beast in more ways than one.

There's no wonder he has been labelled King James, because he really is the king of a range of different facets of basketball.

There was once a time that James was simply known as just a powerful offensive weapon that could amass points at will, whilst also providing his team-mates with ample opportunities to get to the basket.

In recent years this hasn't been the case for the reigning MVP of the league.

Since his Cleveland days, James has transformed himself into a potent defender that is almost unrecognisable from his time with the Cavaliers.

The Miami Heat star prides himself on being the best, and last year he was devastated to lose out on the defensive MVP vote.

"It definitely sucks," he said last season after he missed out on the top defender award.

"Finishing second? Who wants to finish second? Probably [my best defensive season last year]. I mean, I guard everybody on the floor.

"I don't know if there's one player in NBA history who's guarded one through five (positions). It's over with now, but that's cool."

Sure James still has some weaknesses when he is taken on one and one, but when you consider that he arguably does more covering than any player in NBA history, it's easy see how he could win it this year.

It's often thought that you can't win defensive MVP and offensive MVP in the same year, and that might be the case.

Kevin Durant is leading the league and offensive MVP race, and this could actually strengthen LeBron's case for gaining the crowd of top defender.

Whatever ever happens, one things for sure, King James will eventually get his crown of defensive MVP at some point if he keeps improving off the ball at this current rate.

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