The story of the 2017 Cleveland Cavaliers has yet to be fully written, but after Monday night's blowout loss to the Spurs -- one which temporarily knocked the Cavs out of first place in the Eastern Conference -- it's clear that this team has plenty of work to do to catch up to some of the ones LeBron James has played for in the past.
Here's a ranking of every one of LeBron's 14 NBA teams, and one thing was clear when going through this exercise: There's definitely a case to be made that he's the greatest of all time, especially when looking at some of those early seasons with the Cavaliers.
2004 Cleveland Cavaliers: 35-47
LeBron James took home Rookie of the Year honors in his first NBA season, but that's about all there was to celebrate. Cleveland missed the playoffs. This was Carlos Boozer's second of two seasons with the Cavs before they lost him to Utah, where he became a star.
2005 Cleveland Cavaliers: 42-40
It must have been odd for LeBron to see Anderson Varejao attempt to briefly guard him in the 2016 Finals, considering that 2005 was Varejao's rookie season in Cleveland, and he and LeBron were teammates for a total of more than seven seasons.
LeBron's second year in the league resulted in a few more wins, but head coach Paul Silas was fired with 18 games remaining, and the Cavaliers missed the playoffs once again.
2006 Cleveland Cavaliers: 50-32
Mike Brown to the rescue -- at least for a few seasons. The new head coach guided essentially the same roster from the previous season to the playoffs for the first time in LeBron's career, but a second-round matchup with the Pistons proved to be too tough a test. Larry Hughes joined LeBron and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, but James still didn't have enough help.
2008 Cleveland Cavaliers: 45-37
After making it to the Finals in 2007, LeBron and the Cavs couldn't make it back because the Celtics had added Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to a squad that already had Paul Pierce in place. Boston formed the first superteam of the modern era, and Pierce's 41 points proved more important than LeBron's 45 in Game 7 of their thrilling second-round series.
2010 Cleveland Cavaliers: 61-21
LeBron won his second consecutive MVP award in 2010,and once again led the Cavaliers to the best record in the East. Shaquille O'Neal and Antawn Jamison were brought in as reinforcements, but a late-season hand injury derailed Shaq's chances of making an impact in the postseason. Those pesky Celtics were waiting in the second round again, and Boston eliminated Cleveland in six games.
The furstration of trying to win a championship all by himself finally became too much, and LeBron took his talents to South Beach at the conclusion of the 2010 season.
2009 Cleveland Cavaliers: 66-16
LeBron won the first of his four MVP awards in 2009 after leading the Cavaliers to the best record in the league. After sweeping their opponents in the first two rounds, however, the Cavs ran into Dwight Howard at the height of his powers. The Magic eliminated Cleveland in six games.
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2017 Cleveland Cavaliers: 47-26
The defending champs still have the talent to figure it out and make another run toward a title, but they've lost 10 of their last 17 games, and their defense has been a season-long concern. We'll place them just below LeBron's previous Finals teams for now and hope for the best.
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2007 Cleveland Cavaliers: 50-32
Yes, LeBron took his team to the Finals this season, but there was nothing special about losing to the Spurs in a four-game sweep. Far more interesting was LeBron's dismantling of the Detroit Pistons, one that included a 48-point Game 5 performance that remains one of the most memorable of his career to this day.
2015 Cleveland Cavaliers: 53-29
LeBron ended up with another superteam back in Cleveland, teaming up with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to finish in first place in the East. The Cavs went 12-2 in the playoffs on the way to a matchup with the Warriors in the Finals, but after taking a 2-1 series lead, Golden State was too much to handle without Love and Irving, who by that point were both lost for the year with season-ending injuries.
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2011 Miami Heat: 58-24
After two tough losses to a loaded Celtics team in the previous three seasons, LeBron decided it was time to form a superteam of his own. He and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami, and the Heat made it to the Finals that season. But the Mavericks earned their only NBA title by coming back from a 2-1 series deficit, and LeBron remained ringless for one more season.
2014 Miami Heat: 54-28
The Heat's quest for a third straight title came up short, thanks to a hungrier-than-ever Spurs team looking like world-beaters while demolishing Miami in a Finals rematch. The writing was on the wall that the Heat could no longer contend as currently constructed, and with the salary cap restricting the moves Miami could make, LeBron decided to head back to Cleveland to give it a shot in his hometown once again.
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2012 Miami Heat: 46-20
The 2012 regular season was shortened to just 66 games because of a lockout, but once things got rolling, so did the Miami Heat. LeBron was finally able to vanquish the Celtics in the playoffs, and the Heat went on to beat the Thunder in the Finals to earn James the first title of his career.
2016 Cleveland Cavaliers: 57-25
This might not have been the best team LeBron has ever been a part of, but the way it came back from a 3-1 Finals deficit to beat the historically great Warriors made it the most exciting by the time the season was finished. Draymond Green's suspension and Stephen Curry's postseason injuries certainly weakened the Warriors at the most critical possible time, but LeBron's chase-down block on Andre Iguodala and Kyrie Irving's huge three over Curry in Game 7 were undeniably incredible plays that Cleveland needed to secure its first ever NBA title.