What young player developed at a surprising level / grew to exceed expectations under LeBron? I canít think of any
I am guessing no, he will run out of gas as he is getting older every year from now on. No way they beat GS this year. He missed more dunks than I have ever seen him. The last part is just silly. Plenty of young players have developed playing next to him, including the Celtics current PG, who became a lot better once James ended up in Cleveland.
Plus no young player has ever developed next to him. he is so ball dominant it will kill their player development.
well to bitterjim's point it isn't like James has ever really played with any high picks, other than Irving and Thompson who both developed a ton while he was there. More recently Cedi Osman, looked awful good playing with James last year as a rookie. Mario Chalmers had a decade long career because he was blessed to play and grow under James. Anderson Varejao, Sasha Pavlovic, Boobie Gibson, etc. all seemed to develop fine playing in James' shadow (though James was fairly young himself with all those guys). JJ Hickson came along later in James' first stint in Cleveland and did just fine in the growth department. Miami had like 1, first round pick when he was there, that was Norris Cole at 28, who managed to get a 2nd contract pretty much only because he played with James.
But you see that is the thing, late 1st round picks or 2nd round picks (which all those guys are) is all you are going to end up with when you have Lebron James. In addition, teams with Lebron James tend to trade draft picks and young players for win now players to maximize the Lebron James window. That is what happens when you have contenders.