King James needs an outside shot

In Year Two, will LeBron James continue to blossom, this time as a true shooting guard?

Updated: October 1, 2004, 12:21 PM ET
By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Forget everything you've heard about LeBron James passing, dribbling, dunking and selling sneakers while taking a faltering franchise to the verge of the playoffs as a rookie and selling out arenas across the NBA.

This year we find out if he can shoot.

Forget about the no-look passes and around-the-back dunks or even the no-look dunks and the around-the-back passes. Last year, the Cavaliers needed the star-studded rookie to play point guard and put bodies in the seats, but not necessarily in that order.

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When they drafted the 6-foot-8 phenom out of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, they already had a shooting guard named Ricky Davis. They had the highly-touted Dajuan Wagner as the second-string guard. They had the high-scoring Zydrunas Ilgauskas at center, so the team had all the scoring it would ever need.

By the time James was named Rookie of the Year, the Cavs also had an All-Star caliber power forward in Carlos Boozer.

Then a funny thing happened.

Davis disappeared before James played his first professional game. Later, Wagner and versatile guard Jeff McInnis were injured. This summer, Boozer ditched the team for Salt Lake. But that was not all.