Ranking the 12 best players that LeBron James has played with

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Mario Chalmers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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LeBron Teammate #12: Mario Chalmers

Former Heat point guard Mario Chalmers became something of a scapegoat during his time with the team. However, he played the fifth most games with LeBron, and their .729 win percentage is the second-highest win percentage of any player that played at least 300 games with him.

Chalmers can’t take full credit for all of that success, but he was a starter during most of LeBron’s four-year run with the Heat and had several big games. He came up big for the Heat during the 2012 NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, helping Miami beat OKC with a couple of big games. Chalmers dropped 25 points in Game 4 and chipped in 10 points and seven assists in a close-out Game 5 win.

He also helped LeBron repeat by leading the Heat to a Game 2 win in the 2013 NBA Finals and in Game 6 too. Having a role player swing at least four NBA Finals games is unusual, though Chalmers was inconsistent too.

So much so that he was benched during LeBron’s final season in Miami, with the team either playing Norris Cole or going without a point guard rather than playing him. Needless to say, he couldn’t repeat his heroics in the 2014 NBA Finals, though that doesn’t change the success that he had playing alongside LeBron.