LeBron Greater Than Michael Jordan?

Jacob KerrContributor IMay 30, 2009

CLEVELAND - MAY 28:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on late in the game against the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 28, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

LeBron James has been compared to Michael Jordan for a long time and many believe that LeBron is much better than Jordan. Here is a comparison to see who is better.

1. NBA Championships

Micheal was able to win six titles with the Bulls while LeBron has only made one trip to the Finals where his team got swept by the Spurs. This one goes to Micheal because he was able to work with his team to win a title and play in prime time games.

2. Point Totals

Michael was able to average 30.1 points for his entire career and averaged 33.4 points in the playoffs. LeBron so far has averaged 27.5 points and 29.4 in the playoffs. This one goes to Michael because he was able to contribute more to his team than LeBron has so far.

3. Defense

Michael was able to average 2.35 steals and 0.8 blocks in his career while LeBron has averaged 1.4 steals and 0.4 blocks in his career. LeBron has been able to average 7.0 rebounds in his career while Michael averaged 6.2 rebounds in his career. Micheal still wins this one because of his ability to stop people from scoring.

4. Passing

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Michael averaged 5.3 assists while LeBron has averaged 7.0 assists. LeBron wins this one for his ability to get his teammates involved more. Both of their assist averages could be higher if their teammates could finish plays.

5. Turnovers

Michael averaged 2.73 turnovers while LeBron averages 3.26 turnovers. I would take Michael because he is able to keep the ball with his team and give them a better chance to score.

6. Free Throw/Field Goal Percentage

Michael had a career field-goal percentage of 47.1, with a 32.7 percentage from three-point range, and a free throw percentage of 83.5. LeBron has a field-goal percentage of 47.1, with a 32.8 percent from three-point range, and a free throw percentage of 73.8. I would choose Michael in this one because I know he would have a better chance than LeBron to make free throws down the stretch of a game.

7. Fouls

Michael averaged 2.6 fouls while LeBron has averaged 2.0 in his career. I would take LeBron because I want to know that my best player will not foul out in a critical game.

Overall, I believe Michael is better than LeBron, for now. Michael could be better because he went to college instead of what LeBron did, and just went straight to the pros from high school. If LeBron were to have gone to college, he may have been able to develop all of skills. In the near future, LeBron will be able to develop his skills and become better and may become better than Michael.

LeBron is a very good player at his age. If he strives to go up and above what he is right now, he may very well become the better than Michael Jordan.


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