The argument has come up many times over the past few years. Who’s better: LeBron James or Michael Jordan? To me, there is no comparison between the two. Michael Jordan is, and always will be the best NBA player, or perhaps the best athlete, of all time.
Both players have enough on their résumé to make a legitimate argument. But, the main thing that sticks out to me is the NBA Championships M.J. has won. On the other side, LeBron James has yet to even get to a NBA Championship game.
Although M.J. had a better supporting cast around him, he was the leader of the team, and made the big time shots. LeBron can contend with that, with close to 20 game winning shots. But, one thing that haunts LeBron at times is missing timely free throws. That is probably one of his biggest weakness.
Here are some of the career stats and achievements for Michael Jordan and LeBron James:
-30.1 points per game
-5.3 assist per game
-6.2 rebound per game
-Six time NBA Champion, five time MVP, 10 time All-NBA First Team, one All-NBA Second Team, Nine-time All-Defensive First Team, Rookie of the Year, 14-time All-Star, and three time All-Star MVP
LeBron James…so far
-29.9 points per game
-7.1 rebounds per game
-8.5 assist per game
-One time MVP, Rookie of the year, six time NBA all star, three time NBA First Team, 2 time NBA Second Team, One time All-Defensive First Team, NBA All-Rookie First Team, two time All-Star MVP, and Naismith Prep Player of the Year
Those stats are rather even, considering James still has plenty of years ahead of him. But, besides the stats and achievements, there is one other thing: The attitude of both players. I found it disturbing last year when James stormed out off the court last year after their loss against Orlando. This is not the character James should be displaying, because there are thousands of kids who look up to him as a role model, and this is sending them the wrong message.
What makes Michael Jordan such an amazing role model is his determination and his leadership skills. That’s why he’s an icon for so many young kids, and why we often hear the saying, “I want to be like Mike.”
Try and make whatever argument you want, Michael Jordan is a more well-rounded player than LeBron James.