For those of you who think Lebron is better than Jordan, well, you are nuts. You are, like some others, a prisoner of the moment of what Lebron is doing right now, and trust me I am watching; Lebron is magnificent. But Lebron is not and never will be better than Michael Jordan. But hey, you can think that all you want; you are wrong, though.
Most of the people who think Lebron is better are younger kids. The NBA does have the youngest viewership in all major sports, and this is relevant because the younger people haven’t gotten a chance to watch Jordan. Now, I really haven’t been able to watch Jordan a ton but I have seen a few full games of his and many highlights.
I saw his game in the playoffs against the Celtics when THE Larry Bird called him “God disguised as Michael Jordan”. I have watched the “flu game” when he put up 38 points in the Finals. And I have watched game 6 of the 1998 Finals. I know they are all really good games of his and he has had some off games. But you’d have to dig deep to find them.
And I know Lebron is great, no one said he wasn’t. He’s a top 3 player ever. But Michael just is so far away from him in so many things. Lebron can go toe-to-toe with him statistically speaking. But as far as the things that put you over the top with greatness, Michael beats him in everything imaginable.
One thing that you could probably make an argument for Lebron are stats. You will probably still lose, but at least you could argue.
MJ: 30.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 6.2 apg, 2.3 spg, 0.8 bpg
Lebron: 27.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 7.2 apg, 1.6 spg, 0.8 bpg
These two guys aren’t that far away from each others statistically wise, but Michael was the better scorer and a much better defender. Lebron is also a good two-way player, and he is the best passer in the history of basketball not named Magic Johnson. He rebounds the ball well on both ends of the court. He probably does those 2 things better than Michael, but not by too much.
MJ: 6 Championships, 5 MVPs, 6 Finals MVPs, 10 All-Defensive teams, 10 scoring titles
Lebron: 3 Championships, 4 MVPs, 3 Finals MVPs, 5 All-Defensive teams, 1 scoring titles
While Lebron’s career is not over, he probably won’t win another MVP, scoring title, and such. Michael was a much better scorer and defensive player but also a better winner. He won 6 championships which is a huge reason why he is considered ahead of Lebron by a wide margin.
Michael Jordan was the clutchest player of all-time without question. The guy never lost a Finals and never even let a Finals series get to game 7. He is 25/51 (49%) on game-winning shots with 10 or fewer seconds to go. That is unbelievable. Not to mention he hit a game-winner to win the NBA Finals over the Jazz. He also hit the famous shot in the 1992 playoffs to win the series against the Cavs at the buzzer over Craig Ehlo.
Lebron is not known as a clutch player. He has lost more Finals than he has won. He is 5/47 (10%) on game-winners. That is not very good. He has hit some big shots including game winners against the Magic and the Bulls in the playoffs. Lebron’s legacy has been torn because of his performance against the Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals. It was awful, and he completely went into a shell. A lot of people bring that up when discussing Lebron, so I will too.
Ask yourself this, who would you rather have taking that last shot? Lebron or Mike?
Michael is just better. As far as dominance in the game, Lebron is probably the most dominant figure. But as far as a better all-around player, I named it all. Michael is better. Light years better. It isn’t even close.
Lebron is the 3rd best player in NBA history. Michael is ahead of him. But coming in at 2nd is Kobe Bryant. But that is a debate for another post…