3. Responsibilities

Hitchhiking off of the all-around brilliance James brings to the table, the difference in responsibilities between Cleveland’s No. 23 and Chicago’s No. 23 is astounding.

What Jordan did was plentiful. He was a fierce leader, a scorer and a closer.

However, he rarely guarded the best defender on the other team. He had a guy by the name of Scottie Pippen to take that responsibility.

Furthermore, Jordan never was put in position to be a rebounder or a guy who ran the offense. He had guys like Horace Grant and Dennis Rodman grabbing boards while Pippen, B.J. Armstrong and John Paxson played the role of facilitator.

James, on the other hand, literally does everything for his squad.

He’s talented and smart enough to pull off wearing these many hats, and is doing so right now during the 2015 NBA Finals out of necessity.

Ask any hardened hoops fan or player. When a scorer doesn’t have to expend his energy guarding the opponent’s best player, he enjoys a tremendous leg up on the offensive end of the floor.

Check out the turnover percentage between both of these guys for their career.

Jordan finished with a 9.3 mark. This means he turned the ball over 9.3 times per 100 possessions. LeBron currently sports a 12.5 number.

That number is incredibly close considering how much more James handles the ball than Jordan did.

Not only that, but we all know James’ 6.9 assists per game trumps Jordan’s 5.3.

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.