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Statistical production isn't always the best measure of greatness, but it's a good place to start.
Needless to say, both Michael Jordan and LeBron James were far more than top-shelf scorers in their 1992 and 2012 campaigns. Jordan's 30.1 points per game edged James' output by three points, but they scored with comparable efficiency.
James shot just a hair better than 53 percent from the field, while Jordan made just under 52 percent of his field-goal attempts. MJ was more consistent at the free-throw line, while LeBron had the edge from beyond the arc.
It's fair to say Jordan was the better all-around scorer, but it's also fair to say the Chicago Bulls needed his scoring more than the Miami Heat needed points from James.
You may be quick to surmise that James was the better facilitator given his endless comparisons to Magic Johnson. Though LeBron will almost certainly walk away with the better career numbers, their assist averages were almost identical in these particular seasons: LBJ notched 6.2 per game, while MJ notched 6.1.
If it's true that the Bulls relied more heavily on Jordan for scoring, it's also true that Chicago relied more heavily on Scottie Pippen to play the role of a distributor.
James does have the advantage on the glass, but by less than you might expect. He tallied 7.9 rebounds a game, while Jordan averaged 6.4.
Given that LeBron has a couple of inches on his Airness and spent far more time occupying the painted area at both forward positions, that's actually a somewhat negligible margin.
Any claims that James is significantly more versatile than Jordan are born out of historical revisionism.
MJ did it all.
Despite being asked to take four more shots per game, he still found a number of ways to make an impact. For those who didn't see Jordan in action on a regular basis, it's easy to forget he was far more than a prolific scorer or clutch shooter. The guy had the motor, talent and skills to do it all.