Commentary: Who is the best basketball player of all time?
Some people have different opinions on sports in general. But one topic that is very controversial is who is the best basketball player of all time. Whether it’s LeBron James or Michael Jordan.
LeBron james the “king” the guy who has been dominating since 2003 when he was an 18 year old straight out of high school. Lebron was drafted by his hometown team the Cleveland Cavaliers but in 2010 made the decision to leave to the Miami heat forming a big three with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade and went on to win two NBA titles in four finals appearances.
Then in 2014 moved back to Cleveland to play for the Cleveland cavaliers who were the worst team in the league which he brought solely to three MVP final appearances which makes a total of seven straight appearances for him but only winning three of them.
On the other hand Michael Jordan won six championships. But, LeBron is still in the prime years of his career, whereas Michael Jordan is retired. And he’s won three titles in the last five years. If the Cavs win this year, LeBron will have four rings at 32 years old. Michael Jordan didn’t win his fourth ring until he was 33.
Jordan is almost certainly the greatest scorer ever to play the sport. He led the NBA in scoring 10 times, more than anybody, in 15 seasons. James doesn’t compare. He’s led the NBA in scoring only once. His career high is 31.4 points per game, which would be MJ’s seventh-best season. Jordan had 39 career 50-point games; James has 10. But LeBron isn’t that far off — his career average is 27.1 points per game, as opposed to Jordan’s 30.1. This goes to show that Jordan had a better and more reliable jump shot, especially later in his career which he used to create open looks when defenses converged on him. LeBron can shoot but he definable struggles when he has to make jumpers.
Still to this day people argue who is the better number 23 but nothing can be said until Lebron finishes his career so you can put their stats side by side. Championships and MVPs do matter but at the end of the days numbers never lie. For right now we can all sit back and enjoy watching Lebron James dominate the league until we can really start arguing who really is the greatest of all time.
with contributions by Sebastian Valdes-Denis