Making the argument: Why LeBron James is better than Kobe Bryant

Mick MillerAnalyst INovember 8, 2008


One of the most heated, frustrating, finicky, and recent arguments in the NBA has been the talent comparison of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

We've seen the trash talk, the studying, and the frustration of basketball experts back and forth arguments starring James and Bryant.

We've seen the excitement caused by the Cavaliers and the Lakers, and the All-Star games focused mainly on LeBron and Kobe (of course, you can never catch an All-Star game without seeing Dwight "Superman" Howard). So, let’s make the argument.

Who's better?

The Teams

The Cleveland Cavalier's best player since 2003 has been Mr. James. The second most productive player has been Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Third, Mo Williams, and fourth...hold on let me look at their roster. I don't think they have anyone else.

The point is this: James led the Cavs to the Finals in 2006-07—blowing by a tough Pistons team, and emphasizing the definition of single-handed.

On the other hand, Mr. Bryant's team has Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum, Trevor Ariza, and Phil Jackson. His most productive teammate was one of the greatest centers of all-time in Shaquille O'Neal, and he has a solid point guard in Derek Fisher.

I think by that we can tell which team has had better fortune, and which player can make his team look better.

Better argument: LeBron James


LeBron has been compared to Michael Jordan. So has Kobe. So, which to choose for this category? Well, for one thing, LeBron did better in the major statistic, scoring, in which he scored 30 points-per-game. In assists? LeBron gets this one too, getting 7.2 assists-per-game—he also won rebounding, getting 7.9 per game.

Kobe is a better shooter, but with time that will come for LeBron too—if it already hasn't. Plus, LeBron's a better driver, finisher, and a better overall scorer. He has a better record of being an actual teammate, where Kobe only has one year under his belt in that point of view.

Better argument: LeBron James. Wow, LeBron is starting to look like Obama and Kobe is starting to look like McCain!


Well, they were both on the All-Defensive team last year, so this one is going to be tough. NOT!! LeBron is bigger, stronger, and better. He has to cover Vince Carter, Paul Pierce, Richard Jefferson, Michael Redd, Rashard Lewis, Tayshaun Prince, Carmelo Anthony, and he even covers power forwards and shooting guards like Dwayne Wade and Kevin Garnett.

Kobe, on the other hand, could never cover a small forward unless they are 6'5", 180-pounds—and he can only cover some point guards.

Better argument: LeBron. Jeez, at least McCain got some votes!!


Well considering LeBron got 3-of-3 in the major category votes, he had a 100-percent better argument in every category, and he's only 23 years old.

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