James took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to address comparisons he has been receiving to Michael Jordan. These came after Tuesday's 117-104 Miami Heat win over the Portland Trail Blazers, during which LeBron became the first NBA player ever to record 30 points and 60 percent shooting in six straight games.
According to the Miami Heat star’s official Twitter feed, he said the following to let fans and followers know that he isn't anything like the former Chicago Bulls superstar:
I'm not MJ, I'm LJ— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 13, 2013
While James is fresh off his third regular-season MVP award and first NBA Finals victory, he still has a long way to go to catch MJ’s six titles. The Heat may be favored to win a second in 2013, but it’s far from a shoo-in, especially in the modern NBA.
The former Bulls standout is already enshrined in the basketball Hall of Fame, while LBJ is still diligently cultivating the stats and accolades to put next to his bust.
One major reason that there is no accurate comparison between these two is that Jordan was much more selfish than LeBron. The guard was hell-bent on dominating his opponent each and every night with ridiculous scoring displays, while “LJ” is far more willing to facilitate and assume any role necessary to lead Miami to victory.
These are two completely different players, and it shows in their career stats, with MJ finishing his 15-year reign with averages of 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.3 steals.
LeBron clearly impacts the box score differently, with averages of 27.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 1.7 steals in his over nine-and-a-half seasons in the NBA.
James seems to understand it would be foolish to compare himself to the “G.O.A.T” and realizes that his game is much different (although close to equally as effective) as he enters the prime of his career.
Which player will go down as the G.O.A.T?
Despite the fact that LJ has been around the league for so long, he’s still only 28 years young and has a lot left to prove in the NBA. By the time he hangs up his sneakers (which may not be for another decade or longer), James will likely be in the discussion with MJ as one of the two greatest players of all time.
There’s even a chance that LeBron surpasses “His Airness” as the consensus best basketball talent to ever walk this earth. It’s a long way off, but there’s certainly a possibility.