LeBron James vs Michael Jordan: A Statistical Comparison
- This is an attempt to compare LeBron and Jordan in a purely statistical fashion.
Among active NBA players, the only one who has even a shot at contesting Michael Jordan's status as the Greatest of All Time is LeBron James. Deep into his 15th season in the league, LeBron today matched Jordan's regular season record of 866 consecutive games with double-digit points on the way to leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 118-105 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
Having solidified his status as the best player of this decade, James is leading a rejuvenated Cavaliers squad to the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference this year while putting up 27.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game. In terms of counting numbers, only Russell Westbrook is better than him this year!
Michael Jordan also played 15 (albeit not full) seasons in the league like James, so this is probably the best time to gauge who is the greatest of all time. To do that, we are strictly using statistics as our basis here. To read our qualitative analysis on this debate, do make your way over here.
#1 Biographical details
Note here that Jordan only played 17 games in the 1994-95 regular season, so it is more feasible to count his total seasons as 14 (considering that he missed many games over the 1985-86 campaign, as well as the 2001-02 campaign). However, for the sake of statistical correctness, from here on in this article Jordan will be considered to have played 15 seasons of NBA basketball.