I'm a numbers guy. So I like to do things by the data.
The data would indicate not only is the debate over, it should have never started.
Major Records (All-time) held by both players:
Highest Points Per Game Average: 30.12
Most Seasons as Scoring Leader: 11
Consecutive Scoring Leader Seasons: 7 (tied with Wilt Chamberlain)
Most 30+ Point games: 563
Most Seasons leading the league in steals: 3 (tied with 3 other players (not Kobe))
Most points scored in a playoff game: 63
Most consecutive fg's made in a playoff game: 13
Most Points (Postseason): 5,987
Highest Postseason Points Per Game Average: 33.45
No significant all-time records (per wikipedia). All of Kobe's are in relation to age, most of which have now been shattered by Lebron James.
- Youngest player to reach
- 1,000 Points - LeBron James on February 9, 2004
- 5,000 Points - LeBron James (on January 21, 2006
- 10,000 Points - LeBron James on February 27, 2008
- 15,000 Points - LeBron James (25 Years, 72 days) on March 19, 2010
- He has 4+ more years to break Kobe's 20,000 point mark and is averaging twice that many at his current pace of 5,000 points per <2 years.
In 15 Seasons for Jordan he achieved the following (this includes his time as a Wizard)
in comparison to 14 seasons for Kobe
6 Rings 5 Rings
5 MVPs 1 MVP
14 All Stars 12 All Stars
6 Finals MVPs 2 Finals MVPs
10 All-NBA first Team 8 All-NBA first team
9 All-NBA Defensive First Team 8 All-NBA Defensive First Team
1 NBA Def Player of the year 0
1 Rookie of the Year 0
2 Gold Medals 0
30.1ppg / 6.2 rpg / 5.3 apg .497FG 25.3ppg / 5.3 Rpg / 4.7apg .455FG
So... in summary. 5x Jordan was awarded the League's MVP - Kobe once.
Jordan has as many Finals MVP's as Kobe has rings and 3x as many as Kobe.
Jordan won an NBA title in 6 consecutive seasons in which he played.
He scored 18.97% more Points Per Game, 16.98% more Rebounds Per Game , 12.77% more assists per game, and made 9.2% more of his shots. This INCLUDES his three years in his late 30's where he played with an awful Wizards team. If you take that time out... I can't believe people even entertain the conversation.
Kobe is a great basketball player. He should be left at that.