Lebron James or Michael Jordan?
The debate favors Jordan, but after James’ first title, it’s becoming a much more interesting discussion. Obviously, Jordan’s resume is superior to Lebron’s… right now. Whenever Lebron’s career comes to a close, though, it could very well resemble MJ’s.
This led to a little debate between two writers for The Grandstand Gazette: our editor, Kyle Phillippi, and columnist Chad Braun.
Let the “Lebron or Jordan” debate ensue!
Kyle: At age 28, the man-child known as LeBron has 3 MVPs, six All-NBA first team selections, four All-NBA Defensive first team and he’s in pursuit of his second ring. And did you see his recent stretch, in which he became the first player ever to have six straight games with 30 points and to shoot 60% from the floor? Not even MJ ever did that. Right now, he’s the most dominant player to ever play in the Association. When it’s all said and done, there will be no debate that he was the best to ever do it.
Chad: Michael Jordan is known as the best player in NBA history. and for good reason too. He led the league in scoring 10 times to Lebron’s 1, his career points per game avg is 2.5 points higher than Lebron’s, Jordan did it all and at a very efficient rate. his career FG% is 49.7% which is higher than LBJ’s.
Kyle: LeBron averages an assist more and two rebounds more than Jordan did in his career. And no one has ever been as physically gifted as Lebron is, not even Jordan. At 28, Jordan had one ring as well. Before James turns 29, he may have two. Lebron’s career is still being written, and he’s playing the best basketball of his career right now. There will be many more records shattered by him in the coming years and when he hangs it up, his stat line will be eerily similar, if not better, than Jordan.
Chad: Jordan is a born leader, he has been known to play in games where he was far from 100%. Lebron is known to leave games with a cramp in crunch time. Jordan has 5 MVPs to Lebron’s 3, he was also Finals MVP six times en route to six NBA rings. The clutch factor also plays a role, as some of Jordan’s most iconic moments are game-winners in the biggest of games. James is not much of a closer and does not have many game-winners in huge situations, in fact he tends to defer the last shot to someone else. Lebron has a long way to go before being considered in the same class as Jordan.
Kyle: While I certainly agree with your last statement about being in the same class, I do think that when it’s said and done, Lebron’s career will resemble Jordan’s. He’s on a dynamic team who will compete at a high level for the next few years, and if James takes his talent elsewhere after Miami, he will make the decision because you know every team will put forth an offer. We will be seeing a lot of Lebron in the finals from now until his final shot. Also, Lebron is becoming a more more efficient shooter while being a tremendous team player and you can bet he’ll continue that role for the rest of his career. We may not even have seen the best of Lebron yet.
Chad: Lebron is a freakish athlete, but at the end of the day, in today’s society wins are all that ultimately matters. If you dont win, then you can’t be considered in the highest class. Jordan is a proven winner and Lebron has yet to prove that he can win on a consistent basis in big games. If Lebron can’t get a few more rings, then he has no shot of being in Jordan’s class. Society will see him as a good athlete that shrunk when the lights got bright whereas Jordan is seen as the man who played his best when the lights were brightest.