That is according to NBA expert Leigh Ellis.
The Lakers are set to miss out on the post-season for the sixth year running after a disappointing defeat to the LA Clippers on Monday.
On The Starters podcast, Ellis debated the idea that James not playing in the playoffs for the first time in 13 years will damage his legacy.
The Lakers are 5.5 games back from the San Antonio Spurs, who currently occupy the final playoff spot.
But Ellis explained that the season will not have any lasting impact on the three-time champion’s legacy.
However, he declared that this season the forward has been poor, despite his impressive numbers.
This season, James is averaging 27 points per game, as well as 8.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists.
“Whether you have him first, second, third or 10th all-time on your personal ranking, it’s not really going to change anything,” Ellis said of James missing the playoffs.
“It’s been a bad season for him, no doubt.
“This has been one of the worst seasons in terms of production for the fact that they won’t get there.
“But numbers wise, he hasn’t been terrible.
“Numbers wise, he’s putting up what he’s done his entire career.
“He hasn’t been terrible, but it hasn’t been his best season by any means.
“This one is one of those seasons where he went to L.A., and it didn’t work out.
“He’s got some time to get better there, and this [missing the playoffs] is not going to suddenly undo all of that good work.”