In the past few months, LeBron James has solidified his status as the best basketball player in the game, effectively turning his name into an all-purpose noun. "The LeBron James of ______" is a synonym for "best." It's fair to say at this point that Sports Illustrated was justified in hyping him up and putting him on its cover as "The Chosen One" as a high school junior.
Over the years, a handful of other young athletes have been placed into the same category: either being compared to a legendary athlete or declared the savior of their sport. Let's look back at the athletes deemed "The Next Big Thing" and see who was able to live up to that title.