LeBron Is As Good As Michael Jordan

5/11/12 in NBA   |   kantwistaye   |   4214 respect

May 9, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) reacts during the second half of game five in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the New York Knicks of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Arena.  Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE By now its being reported just about everywhere that LeBron James will win his 3rd MVP in four years tomorrow.  You could make a strong argument that if it weren't for ridiculous public ill will towards him last year, this would be his fourth in a row.  Its impossible to argue that LeBron isn't an elite player destined to be an all time great.  There is still though, a movement to downplay his greatness.  This is unfair, and in the end we're only hurting ourselves.  We're watching potentially the greatest player of all time, and instead of appreciating it, we're trying to minimize his greatness.

 The general consensus is that Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time and for good reason.  He was dominant and efficient, while also winning a whole lot.  Originally, Kobe Bryant looked like the closest to Jordan in the post-MJ era.  In terms of style, Kobe's play is eerily similar at times.  He's also won an astounding 5 titles, one short of Jordan.  Kobe though doesn't have the same eficiency as Jordan and that, in the end, is the difference between the two.  Now, its LeBron's turn at Jordan.

  LeBron has been without question the best player in the NBA for at least the past four years.  There's really no argument for any other player, at least reasonably.  Amazingly, LeBron is only entering his prime and we will see his best play coming up.  For his career, LeBron is shooting 48.3% which is a whole 3% better than Kobe and just short of Jordan's 49.7%.  For their careers, Jordan is also ahead of LeBron in points per game.  From there, Jordan isn't necessarily better than LeBron.

  While by simple shooting percentage, Jordan may seem more efficient, LeBron actually may be the better of the too.  LeBron has a better Effective Field Goal Percentage (.516 to .509) and the two share the same True Shooting Percentage.  LeBron is putting up 7.2 rebounds a game and 6.9 assists a game.  Jordan averaged 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.  LeBron is considerably better in both, and still improving.  LeBron also has better rebounding percentage (10.5% to 9.4%) and assist percentage (34.1% to 24.9%).

  Perhaps what shows LeBron's greatness most is this season just finished.  He put up 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists, and 1.9 steals a game.  That is an all-around dominant year matched only once, ever, by who else but Michael Jordan.
 
  To be clear, Michael Jordan is still better than LeBron James at this point.  The two are much closer than many would want to acknowledge, and maybe most importantly, LeBron still has four or five more years in his prime.  There is no doubt, except to irrational haters, that LeBron belongs in the same breath as Michael Jordan at career's end and could possibly even be better.
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5/21/12   |   delonamos   |   1 respect

Again im going to say this, imagine phil coaching bron.

5/16/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
28 points, 9 boards, 5 assists, 6 steals, team leader in all  of those, and doesn't draw up the plays, but yeah, it was totally LeBron's fault.

You ignore the free throws? How many times do you recall Jordan missing 2 free throws in the final minute of a playoff game? Answer is simple--it never happened. In the last 4 minutes of that game last night, LeBron missed a 3 pointer, bricked 2 free throws, and had a layup blocked. Didn't score a single point. Again, please go look up how many times Jordan went scoreless in the final 4 minutes of a playoff game. You really are losing credibility every time you write something.

5/16/12   |   kantwistaye   |   4214 respect

28 points, 9 boards, 5 assists, 6 steals, team leader in all  of those, and doesn't draw up the plays, but yeah, it was totally LeBron's fault.

5/16/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

MortonsLaw wrote:
Yeah, because winning doesn't matter in your eyes. Regular season stats make players great. You do realize your opinion is in the vast minority. Most people who read things like 'championships don't matter' will just laugh at you as a writer and as a knowledgeable sports fan. Give me something more than stats when you write--anyone can do that research. Say something next time that matters.

By the way, when do the stats come? Game on the line or in the first 43 minutes?

5/16/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

MortonsLaw wrote:
Yeah, because winning doesn't matter in your eyes. Regular season stats make players great. You do realize your opinion is in the vast minority. Most people who read things like 'championships don't matter' will just laugh at you as a writer and as a knowledgeable sports fan. Give me something more than stats when you write--anyone can do that research. Say something next time that matters.

Your boy LeFraud passing up shots for Mario Chalmers and missing free throws. Continue to drink the kool aid.

5/14/12   |   kantwistaye   |   4214 respect

MortonsLaw wrote:
Yeah, because winning doesn't matter in your eyes. Regular season stats make players great. You do realize your opinion is in the vast minority. Most people who read things like 'championships don't matter' will just laugh at you as a writer and as a knowledgeable sports fan. Give me something more than stats when you write--anyone can do that research. Say something next time that matters.

I guess stats only being a recording of what actually happened isn't good enough.  If you think winning a title somehow magically makes a player better, that's silliness is on you.

5/14/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
Never said I was obsessed with Finals. Only pointed the "stat" you're obsessed with, playoff "sucess", didn't actually prove your point.

Yeah, because winning doesn't matter in your eyes. Regular season stats make players great. You do realize your opinion is in the vast minority. Most people who read things like 'championships don't matter' will just laugh at you as a writer and as a knowledgeable sports fan. Give me something more than stats when you write--anyone can do that research. Say something next time that matters.

5/13/12   |   kantwistaye   |   4214 respect

MortonsLaw wrote:
Jordan was battling a great team in the Pistons that won back-to-back championships. Once Jordan got past them he never lost again. Well, if you want to count when he returned wearing #45 and lost to the magic prior to his 2nd 3peat. You sound like a younger fan who has only watched the NBA over the past decade. How about this stat being you're obsessed with them; LeBron 0-2 in the finals; Jordan 6-0--never lost.

Never said I was obsessed with Finals. Only pointed the "stat" you're obsessed with, playoff "sucess", didn't actually prove your point.

5/13/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

MortonsLaw wrote:
So you value regular season stats in higher regard than the playoffs? You're telling me LeBron can continue to fail in the postseason and still be as good as Jordan? 

Jordan was battling a great team in the Pistons that won back-to-back championships. Once Jordan got past them he never lost again. Well, if you want to count when he returned wearing #45 and lost to the magic prior to his 2nd 3peat. You sound like a younger fan who has only watched the NBA over the past decade. How about this stat being you're obsessed with them; LeBron 0-2 in the finals; Jordan 6-0--never lost.

5/13/12   |   kantwistaye   |   4214 respect

MortonsLaw wrote:
So you value regular season stats in higher regard than the playoffs? You're telling me LeBron can continue to fail in the postseason and still be as good as Jordan? 

At age 26, LeBron's most recent completed season, MJ had been to no NBA Finals whereas LeBron has been to two, so let's calm down on the "postseason failures".  LeBron is averaging 28 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 6.9 assists a game in the playoffs. He's doing just fine.

5/13/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
You'll notice steals were in there too.  And titles are utterly irrelevant towards actual greatness.  Jordan would be no worse a player if the Bulls were completely mismanaged and never won a title.

So you value regular season stats in higher regard than the playoffs? You're telling me LeBron can continue to fail in the postseason and still be as good as Jordan? 

5/12/12   |   kantwistaye   |   4214 respect

MortonsLaw wrote:
I'm guessing you're a younger fan who isn't looking back at history and perhaps don't know about a guy name Oscar Robertson. Oscar averaged a triple double one year (30.8 PPG, 12.5 RPG and 11.4 APG), he also averaged 25.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG and 9 APG for his career. How about a guy like Elgin Baylor who averaged 27.4 PPG, 13.5 RPG and 4.3 APG for his career. Both guys were 6'5", which is 4 inches shorter than LeBron. And stats don't  mean everything as you seem to focus on. Winning is what separates Jordan from the majority. Very few players have more rings than Jordan. LeBron would have to win several times before anyone even starts to put him in the conversation with Jordan.

You'll notice steals were in there too.  And titles are utterly irrelevant towards actual greatness.  Jordan would be no worse a player if the Bulls were completely mismanaged and never won a title.

5/12/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

I'm guessing you're a younger fan who isn't looking back at history and perhaps don't know about a guy name Oscar Robertson. Oscar averaged a triple double one year (30.8 PPG, 12.5 RPG and 11.4 APG), he also averaged 25.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG and 9 APG for his career. How about a guy like Elgin Baylor who averaged 27.4 PPG, 13.5 RPG and 4.3 APG for his career. Both guys were 6'5", which is 4 inches shorter than LeBron. And stats don't  mean everything as you seem to focus on. Winning is what separates Jordan from the majority. Very few players have more rings than Jordan. LeBron would have to win several times before anyone even starts to put him in the conversation with Jordan.

5/12/12   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

Lebron has all the talent and skills to go down as the greatest player ever, but thus far has not been able to put everything together.  He has fantastic stats but we cannot ignore his late game failures and playoff shortcomings. What's so disappointing is that it seems like Lebron does not want to become the greatest player of all time, and he's content with winning a championship or two just to get everyone off his back.