The toughest part for any player moving to a new team is creating chemistry with your teammates on the court, and if that chemistry doesn't appear quickly enough, any move can feel like a bust.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were one of several teams in the league that acquired new players around the trade deadline in order to keep themselves at the top of the Eastern Conference. It's fair to say that it is working for them.
But it doesn't just happen naturally. A team doesn't just progress from phase one to phase two easily. It takes hard work and effort, something which LeBron James knows all about. In fact, he wants to be one step ahead of the game at all times.
The King engulfs himself into studying his teammate's characteristics on the court, essentially becoming the team's quarterback. He knows how everyone likes the ball given to them in order to create the best chemistry possible amongst his team.
James told Chris Herring during All-Star Weekend in New Orleans earlier this year: “Not just [adjusting to passes from] me, but everyone. I try to study my teammates and how they like the ball. Some guys like it with the seam; some guys like it seamless, because it puts different rotation on the ball.
"It all depends on how they like it before they shoot. So I study guys, and I just try to be one step ahead so that when [new players] get on the team, I’m already on Phase Two.”
Good team chemistry can, of course, lead to more victories, and judging by the Cavaliers record this season of 43-21 and sitting at the top of the Eastern Conference, James definitely has a working formula when it comes to helping his teammates perform better that he shouldn't stop practicing anytime soon.
The 32-year-old has transitioned into a more playmaker role this season, as his assists per game average this season is currently at 8.9, and it hasn't been this high since the last year of his last stint in Cleveland back in 2009, all this while keeping his points per game average at a decent grade too of 26.
Studying his teammate's film is obviously working, and it goes to show why he's just on a completely different level from everyone else in the NBA.