5. All-Around Brilliance

I understand just how beloved Michael Jordan is. He is, probably, the most revered athlete of all-time.

Nothing negative is brought up about the guy. This is even the case despite some questionable off the court moves.

Nevertheless, Jordan was not a perfect basketball player.

Jordan was the quintessential two-guard. He was a 6’6” prototype for what the position was. He played the role of a damn good scorer and the best closer in NBA history.

Did he do other things well also? Of course. His being named to the first-team All-Defensive team nine times is perfect evidence.

Despite all the brilliance, LeBron James is a much better overall player.

The only thing LeBron cannot do as well as Jordan is shoot the ball with consistency from the outside. LeBron’s basketball IQ, defense, court vision and facilitating trumps Jordan’s in every way.

The numbers don’t lie either.

Despite Jordan being the better shooter, both guys are almost identical when field goal percentage is concerned (MJ: .497, LBJ: .496). This is the stat that gives us a glimpse into how efficient they are with each shot they take, and it’s a wash.

Considering shooting is a wash, LeBron takes the all-around title over MJ based on everything else he brings to the table.

The man is a legitimate 6’9” 260 lbs. He can play every position on the floor and fill any role needed. This is something Jordan could never do.

Scoring and the “last shot” is not everything in basketball. Although it does make for some great theater. LeBron’s “theater” is now starting to come furiously at us.

2 COMMENTS

  1. wrong all wrong

    1. Lebron is 2-4 in the finals while Jordan is 6-0

    2. 2007 Cavs faced two teams that had a 41-41 record then beat a Pistons team with no Ben Wallace or their old HOF coach. Then Lebron got outscored by Tony Parker in the finals.

    D Wade – Lead his team and Won a championship and finals MVP before teaming up with Lebron

    Bosh – had his best seasons and was a franchise player.

    3. Jordan shut down Isiah Thomas, Clyde Drexler, Reggie Miller, Kevin Johnson, John Stockton. Lebron cant even lockdown SF`s like Durant or Melo, he doesnt have that mentality. Also Lebron plays in a system where it evolves around him making a pass, Jordan played in a system where everyone was making passes. Jordan would average 6-7 apg easy if he played in a system Lebron does.

    4. Lebron assist numbers would drop if he played in the triangle because the triangle offense involves everyone being a play maker while Lebron`s system is all about him making a pass to open 3 point shooters

    5. Lebron`s best defense came in 2013 where he helped put Tony Parker on 44% shooting and Parker STILL hit clutch shots in his face. Jordan won DOPY at the guard position, Lebron is at the foward position and cant lock down the perimeter or the paint

    BONUS:
    Lebron plays in the weakest Basketball era since the 60`s. Jordan played against better defenses and better rim protectors than Lebron will ever play in his entire life.