Creating a Starting 5 From LeBron James' Nightmares

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James | Ronald Cortes/Getty Images

When you've been in the NBA for as long as LeBron James, many teammates will have come your way. Most are fantastic, such as his dominance with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to his current tear in Los Angeles with Anthony Davis. Others, however, have been a bit of a problem.

James has encountered some difficult teammates, whether for particular moments or the entirety of their careers, so much so that we can make a starting lineup of them.

5. Mario Chalmers

Even with Championship success came a fair share of difficulty for Mario Chalmers.
Even with Championship success came a fair share of difficulty for Mario Chalmers. | Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Mario Chalmers seemed to often be at the receiving end of James' frustrations in Miami. As the man with the ball in his hands, Chalmers was berated by James for each mistake he made. Speaking about LeBron as a teammate, Chalmers has stated that James' role as both coach and player can create a difficult situation playing with him, as greatness demands a level of performance the Kansas product could not always reach.

4. Michael Beasley

Michael Beasley
LeBron may have met his match in Michael Beasley. | Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

James was arguably at his peak in Miami, but there was one man who defeated him in one-on-one battles: Michael Beasley. It was rumored that Beasley and James routinely played in one-on-ones, with the former typically coming out on top. Beyond being the only teammate to defeat the King, James is likely wondering why that same production did not show up on the court.

3. JR Smith

One moment stands above the rest in LeBron's memory of JR Smith.
One moment stands above the rest in LeBron's memory of JR Smith. | Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

It's not entirely fair to call JR Smith a bad teammate, as he had success alongside LeBron and may reunite with him once again in Los Angeles. However, we can never forget the infamous moment in Game 1 of the 2018 Finals. Smith, seemingly forgetting the score, ran out the clock in regulation despite the game being tied at the time. Maybe the end result wouldn't have changed, but Smith caused LeBron more frustration than ever.

2. Ricky Davis

Ricky Davis never saw eye-to-eye with LeBron.
Ricky Davis never saw eye-to-eye with LeBron. | Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images

Some of James' most disliked teammates came early in his career, as LeBron was a newcomer yet to assert his dominance in the league. One example of that is Ricky Davis, who is believed to have seen LeBron as just another tool to help him score, not as the leader of the team. With that, it was no wonder that Davis made his way out of Cleveland just as LeBron entered.

1. Delonte West

Delonte West
Delonte West's off-the-court antics will be remembered more than anything. | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

During his two years in Cleveland, West made a lot of noise, both on and off-the-court. West started in the 2008-09 season as Cleveland won a league-best 66 games and made a run to the Finals. Simultaneously, controversy emerged of a potential relationship between West and James' mother. West has fallen off since the end of his playing career, but his place in James' mind remains.