Lebron James wants to be a NBA Champion.
Most commentators see James going to New York. At least one says he well stay in Cleveland (or should stay).
But what teams would give James a legitimate chance of winning a championship?
First, if he wins with the Cleveland team he has right now, then I'd say he could win anywhere.
If James, and Cleveland don't win this year, then where would James go? I am not going to address the possibility of getting personnel that might make it work in Cleveland, but what teams have the personnell James needs to win now.
Let's start with the Lakers. A proven champion without Lebron. A big market team with deep pockets. Always willing to make a big deal. Everyone feels this would be a good team for James. The lakers have two good post players, a great two guard, a capable if not outstanding point guard, and a very good defensive small forward who can score in streaks. James would be a definite upgrade at small forward.
What other teams are similar to the Lakers?
Orlando. Two post players. A very good shooting guard. An excellent point guard. Weak at small forward. Enter Lebron.
Portland. Two post players. A very good shooting guard. A good, capable point guard. Deep at small forward/guard but Lebron would be a definite improvement.
These teams have the talent, two have the market, and Portland has a deep pocket (Allen). James wouldn't have to worry that the teams listed would have to rebuild or be just another Cleveland--plenty of good players but not enough to bring home a trophy. These teams have very good defensive centers, good scorers at power foward and shooting guard, good if not excellent point guards, good to adequate small forwards (Portland may have very good small forwards as they become more experienced) and they don't have to acquire additional pieces to go with the addition of Lebron.
It seems to me if Lebron James wants to win a championship, and team skill is the main criterion for choosing a team, then the following teams would be the best destination for James:
1. Los Angeles Lakers
2. Orland Magic
3. Portland Trailblazers