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Arguably the player most compared player to Jordan is Los Angeles Lakers' shooting guard Kobe Bryant.
I mean, why not? They both won championships under the same coach and both were regarded as the deadliest player in the league when they were at their prime.
Bryant did succeed on court. He won five championships, three with Shaquille O'Neal and two alone, but he still just did not reach Jordan. Those championships came in a three-peat and a two-peat, but still they were not enough. Even if Bryant did three-peat again, it still would not have been enough.
Bryant has only won one MVP award, where Jordan won five, proving how much better Jordan really was. Sure, there is a lot of competition now for who the best player in the league is, but Jordan won that award with the likes of Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller and Karl Malone.
It is not like the talent was rubbish.
I think LeBron James is gifted, but at this point in time Bryant is the closest to having reached the Jordan potential, but in the end most agree that Bryant just really didn't even come near to what Jordan was.
It begs the question of whether anyone can reach this level, as there are just so many other aspects than just playing ability.