So, here we are again debating who is the greatest of all time or what I’m hearing now, the greatest individual player of all time. Is it Michael or LeBron. Some think if LeBron wins this year and gets the Finals MVP, he will surpass Jordan…
Each player has a case for being the greatest. What LeBron is doing in his 17th season is awesome; leading his team to the Finals and still scoring at will. Although Michael didn’t play as many seasons (15 with a couple of retirements mixed in), he was playing at the same age and hit the game winning shot in the Finals, won an MVP and Finals MVP; I’d say that was pretty awesome too. We marvel at the greatness of James playing at 35 with no signs of slowing down and with a teammate that will allow him to continue to compete and share the load. At the age of 40, Jordan was not the same player, but still averaged 20 points and scored 40 points in a game (the oldest to do it) and when he left the Wizards they were 12 games worse in the standings.
James and Jordan are so spectacular that people can’t help but to be emotionally attached and refuse to give the other their justice. Some fans of each team try to act like the other hasn’t accomplished greatness; it is really sad that fans don’t enjoy the greatness of both players. It intensified after The Last Dance. I read tweets from sports personalities who are just dismissive of one to uplift the other; very unnecessary.
Let’s check the stats and you can decide for yourself:
|Player Efficiency Rating||27.9||27.5||Jordan|
|Points per game||30.1||29.7||Jordan|
|Rebounds per game||6.2||7.4||James|
|Assists per game||5.3||7.4||James|
|Steals per game||2.3||1.6||Jordan|
|TOs per game||2.7||3.5||Jordan|
|Points per playoff games||33.4||28.8||Jordan|
|Rebounds per playoff games||6.4||9.0||James|
|Assists per playoff game||5.7||7.2||James|
|Steals per playoff games||2.1||1.7||Jordan|
|FG% per playoff games||48.7||49.4||James|
|All Star Appearances||14||16||James|
So what do you think or do you need more time?