Are you a sports fan, particularly a basketball fan? Or are you one of those guys who debates who is better, Michael Jordan or LeBron James? Let me give you my personal opinion on this debate.

Michael Jordan Summary

Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born on February 17, 1963. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He had dreams of becoming an NBA star at an early age. In high school, he tried out for his high school varsity team but ended up being cut from the varsity team. The coaches said it was because he was just simply not good enough. I mean, I don’t blame the coaches; he was not developed yet. Jordan was under 6 feet tall, skinny, and not all that skilled. 

Later, in 1980, he attended basketball camp. He was becoming more efficient and developed. He grabbed the attention of North Carolina’s head coach, Dean Smith. One year later, Jordan signed his letter of intent at North Carolina University. From then on, he rose to fame and set records. A star was finally born. 

After three years in North Carolina, Michael Jordan entered the NBA draft in 1984. Drafted by the Chicago Bulls, MJ would make a name for himself in his first year.  In his first season, Michael Jordan averaged 28.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists. He would go on to win the Rookie of the Year award. Then, he would go on to win 6 NBA championships with the Bulls. He went to the NBA finals 6 times and won all 6 NBA championships. Ended his career 6 for 6 in the finals. 

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Michael Jordan’s Playstyle

Michael Jordan was a great defender. His ability to disrupt the offense was elite. He made you turn the ball over. His ability to steal was amazing. In 1987, MJ won the Defensive Player of the Year award. He was also a great dunker. He loved to stick that tongue out while he was doing impressive dunks. I mean, he was athletic. He once dunked from the free-throw line. Insane. 

He was also a great passer. MJ was known for making no-look passes and behind-the-back passes. His ability to pass was truly remarkable. He made his team score more points because of the way he passed the ball. He was an unselfish guy when it came to basketball.

Lebron James Summary

Lebron Raymone James, born December 30, 1984, went to St. Vincent St. Mary’s High School in Akron, Ohio. He dominated his competition in high school. In 2003, he was drafted right out of high school. He was the 1st pick and went to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He averaged 20.9 points, 5.9 assists, and 5.5 rebounds in his rookie year. He would go on to win the Rookie of the Year award in 2004. Lebron James played with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2003-2010. He didn’t win any championships in his first stint with Cleveland. However, in 2012-2013, he joined the Miami Heat. In Miami, he won 2 NBA championships. 

After his stint with the Miami Heat, he returned to join the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014. After joining them, he went on to win one more championship. After three years with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he left and joined the LA Lakers in 2018. In his third season with the Lakers, he won his fourth NBA championship. 

Just recently, Lebron James surpassed Kareem Abdul Jabbar on the all-time scoring list. Lebron James now has 40,199 points in his career, making him first all-time. Kareem has 38,387 all-time points, and in third place is Karl Malone with 36,928 all-time. By passing Kareem to be the all-time leading scorer in the NBA, it is something that no one will ever probably do again. Ever. 

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Lebron James’s Playstyle

Lebron is a floor general. He makes his teammates around him better. He is also a dominant player on the court. He can score pretty much whenever he wants to. With his skills and physique, all he has to do is drive to the hoop, and everyone will get out of the way. That is, if he really wanted to. 

He is also a great leader. If his teammates mess up on a play, he will come over and help him out. He will tell you what he saw in the play and tell you to fix it. Also, he is a great playmaker. Lebron is known for making the right plays. He is good at creating the defenders to come to him while he is driving and then pass it to the open man. 

My Personal Opinion

So, when it comes to Lebron and Jordan, who is better? I’m going to have to go with Lebron in this debate. Yeah, you can argue that Jordan has more championships. But how far can you go with that? Bill Russell has won 11 championships. Does that make Bill better than Jordan? Stop it. When it comes to basketball, you have to take in every aspect, not just the number of championships you have. Lebron has a higher rebound and assists rate than Jordan on a per-game basis. 

Lebron is also superior when it comes to scoring. Sure, Jordan could score, crossovers, step-backs, you name it. But Lebron James is 1st all-time in scoring points. Lebron is the scoring leader, and that is never going to be broken. Lebron is also a better rebounder. Yes, that’s probably due to the height difference. But you can’t tell me Michael Jordan is better because of more rings. Lebron is more dominant, a better scorer, a better rebounder, and a better overall team player. 

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    Jake is a young man with a lot of life experience for his age. He is an aspiring writer and an avid sports fan.