Video: 2017 NBA Finals Way Back WhenZack Poff and Myckena Guerrero look back at Cavs and Warriors before they made it big.
Being the most highly-anticipated NBA Finals pairing in recent memory (maybe ever
?), Cleveland vs. Golden State III is getting the all-angles treatment in terms of analysis and breakdowns.
So we decided to add one more angle to the wall-to-wall coverage.
Which roster accounted for the most state championships while in high school?
We know that LeBron James is considered to be one of the greatest high school basketball players of all-time, winning three state championships at St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio)
But is his trophy haul enough to overcome an accomplished group of Warriors? See the breakdown below.
Quick caveat here – several players went to non-traditional schools that don't compete for state championships. Kevin Durant, Patrick McCaw, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson went the independent academy route for all or part of their careers.
In addition, Cleveland's Edy Tavares (Cape Verde) and Golden State's Zaza Pachulia (Republic of Georgia) developed their game outside of the United States.
Cleveland CavaliersState titles – Player, School, Graduation Year
3 – LeBron James, St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio)
, Class of 2003
2 – Kyrie Irving, Montclair Kimberley Academy (Montclair, N.J.)
/Patrick School (Hillside, N.J.)
1 – Channing Frye, St. Mary's (Phoenix, Ariz.)
1 – Richard Jefferson, Moon Valley (Phoenix, Ariz.)
1 – Kevin Love, Lake Oswego (Ore.)
, 2007Did not win a state championship
Kay Felder, Pershing (Detroit, Mich.)
Dahntay Jones, Steinert (Hamilton, N.J.)
James Jones, American (Hialeah, Fla.)
Kyle Korver, Pella (Iowa)
Iman Shumpert, Oak Park-River Forest (Oak Park, Ill.)
J.R. Smith, St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.)
Edy Tavares, International
Tristan Thompson, St. Benedict's Prep/Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
Deron Williams, The Colony (Texas)
Derrick Williams, La Mirada (Calif.)
, 2009Golden State WarriorsState titles – Player, School, Graduation Year
2 – Draymond Green, Saginaw (Mich.)
, Class of 2008
2 – Damian Jones, Scotlandville (Baton Rouge, La.)
2 – Shaun Livingston, Richwoods (Peoria, Ill.)
2 – James Michael McAdoo, Norfolk Christian (Norfolk, Va.)
1 – Klay Thompson, Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
, 2008Did not win a state championship
Matt Barnes, Del Campo (Fair Oaks, Calif.)
Ian Clark, Germantown (Tenn.)
Stephen Curry, Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, N.C.)
Kevin Durant, National Christian Academy (Fort Washington, Md.)
/Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
/Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.)
Andre Iguodala, Lanphier (Springfield, Ill.)
Kevon Looney, Hamilton (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Patrick McCaw, Christian Brothers (St. Louis, Mo.)
/Montrose Christian, 2014
JaVale McGee, Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.)
/Providence Christian (Fremont, Mich.)
/Hales Franciscan (Chicago, Ill.)
Zaza Pachulia, International
David West, Garner Magnet (Garner, N.C.)
/Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.)
Final tally: Warriors 9, Cavaliers 8.
Of course, this will have no bearing on the actual series but it was fun going back and looking at some heroic state championship performances by this year's NBA Finals participants.
Green was particularly clutch in 2007 and 2008 in leading Saginaw to back-to-back state titles. As a junior in 2007, he produced a near triple-double in the Class A championship game, going for 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a 79-57 win over Redford of Detroit.
A year later, he lit up another Detroit team in Pershing with 21 points and 19 rebounds in the final for the school's second state crown in a row.
Thompson is another Warrior with a legendary championship game performance on his resume. He closed out his career at Santa Margarita in 2008 with 37 points – including seven 3-pointers – in a 72-55 win over Sacramento in California's Division III state championship game.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals tips Thursday from the Oracle Arena in Oakland at 6 p.m. PDT.