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LeBron James Is Flat-out Better Than Michael Jordan...at 27 Years of Age

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Bryant T. JordanAnalyst IJune 22, 2012

Right now, LeBron James is better, as well as "greater," than Michael Jordan ever was at the same age.

Put another way, LeBron James is the 27-year-old G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time), period.

Take a gander at the following statistical tables:

 

Career Regular Season Stats at 27 Years of Age

Player Points Assists Rebounds Steals Blocks
LeBron 19,045 4,751 4,932 1,194 582
Jordan 14,016 2,565 2,694 1,189 465

 

Career Playoff Stats at 27 Years of Age

Player Points Assists Rebounds Steals Blocks
LeBron 3,275 772 998 195 109
Jordan 1,896 355 368 135 53

 

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 31:  Michael Jordan #23 of the Washington Wizards argues a three point foul call against him by referee Mark Wunderlich during the game against the Boston Celtics at MCI Center on October 31, 2002 in Washington, D.C.  The Wizards won
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Before any rabid Jordan fans start screaming at their computer screens, "Lebron entered the league straight out of high school while Jordan played three years of college ball, so of course his career stats will be better!" such a statement is simply untrue.

First, LeBron should not be punished for being more talented, skilled and able to play a man's game better than Jordan was after each graduated high school. If anything, LeBron being drafted to be an NBA team's savior and instantly becoming their best player straight out of high school while Jordan went to North Carolina and instantly became the collegiate team's third-best player is a credit to LeBron's ability.

Secondly, the simple fact of the matter is that James' per game averages in both the rebound and assist category blow Jordan's out of the water, despite playing in the NBA straight out of high school! Jordan trumps James in average points per game, but he also attempted nearly 18 percent more shots than LeBron per 48 minutes as well.

 

Career Awards and Accomplishments at 27 Years of Age

Player ROY A.S. MVP All-NBA All-NBA Def DPOY MVP Finals MVP Conf. Titles NBA Rings
LeBron 1 2 8 4 0 3 1 3 1
Jordan 1 1 5 3 1 1 0 0 0

 

Many Jordan fans consider his airness to be the G.O.A.T. based on his statistical prowess. When knowledgeable fans point out the fact that Jordan's stats pale in comparison to Wilt Chamberlain's, Jordan fans point to MJ's Bulls team accomplishments such as their six conference titles and six NBA rings. When knowledgeable fans point out the fact that Jordan's team's success also pales in comparison to Bill Russell's team's accomplishments, Jordan fans jump back to talking about MJ's stats.

However, the simple fact of the matter is that LeBron James' stats and his team's accomplishments both blow Jordan's stats and accomplishments out of the water.

The simple, if extremely unpopular, truth is that LeBron James is better and "greater" than Michael Jordan ever was through his first 27 years of life.

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