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Ever since these comments became public, most uninformed fans simply say: "The Dream Team has Michael Jordan, there's no way they'd lose". To say that one player alone single-handedly swings a series with approximately 20 Hall of Famers is flat out ignorant.
Statistically speaking, LeBron James and Michael Jordan would essentially play each other to a draw. Take a look at the stats:
'92 Jordan basic: 30.1 PPG, 6.1 APG, 6.4 RPG, 2.3 SPG, .9 BPG, 51.9 field goal percentage.
'92 Jordan advanced: PER: 27.7, true shooting percentage: 57.9, Win Shares/48: .274, defensive rating: 102
'12 LeBron basic: 27.1 PPG, 6.2 APG, 7.9 RPG, 1.9 SPG, .8 BPG, 53.1 field goal percentage.
'12 LeBron advanced: PER: 30.7, true shooting percentage: 60.5, win shares/48: .298, defensive rating: 97
If anything, those statistics are in LeBron's favor. While he averages less points and steals, he was a better rebounder, shot a higher percentage and averaged more assists despite playing with another ball-dominant guard in Dwyane Wade. When you factor in advanced stats, LeBron's edge becomes apparent. He was a more efficient offensive player, made a higher percentage of his total shots, was worth .24 more wins per game than Jordan offensively and saved five more points per 100 possessions defensively.
Remember, this is '92 Jordan, not the legendary figure we constantly speak about in reverential tones. At this point he only had one championship ring, just like LeBron. Who knows if LeBron matches what Jordan did with the rest of his career, but at this point they're essentially even.
The one major edge Jordan has in the eyes of fans is his mental fortitude. Despite his legendary playoff run this spring, most fans don't believe LeBron has Jordan's killer instinct.
But Kobe Bryant does. If the end of the game comes down to a one-on-one scoring duel, Team USA should feel fairly confident that Bryant could keep pace with Jordan.
Team USA has someone who can match Jordan the player in James and Jordan the man in Bryant. The Dream Team will not simply win this series because they have Jordan.