Ranking LeBron James’ NBA Finals Appearances

8. 2011 NBA Finals: Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks

LeBron James is frustrated during the 2011 NBA Finals.

LeBron James is frustrated during the 2011 NBA Finals. | Marc Serota/Getty Images

  • Finals Averages: 17.8 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 6.8 APG
  • End Result: Lost to Mavericks in six games

James took his talents to South Beach for this very reason: to compete for championships. However, despite reaching the Finals during his first season as a member of the Miami Heat, we’re sure this is one showing he’d like to forget. During the club’s eventual loss to the Dallas Mavericks, the King couldn’t quite put it all together.

LeBron was third on the team in scoring. He committed 24 total turnovers and only shot 60% from the free-throw line. His Game Score total was a lackluster 13.7 — showing that his overall productivity throughout the series was a bit over average. It was clear that Miami hadn’t properly discovered how best to use its newly formed Big Three. Perhaps this is when James realized that learning to win was “a process.”

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