Michael Jordan’s career, 1984-2003, and LeBron James’s career, 2003-present, have brought about interesting conversations throughout the population of the world and among all sports analysts. The NBA, National Basketball Association, has seen a lot of talent throughout the years, but LeBron James and Michael Jordan are arguably two of the best to ever play the game.
Michael Jordan came into the NBA in 1984 out of The University of North Carolina and was the third overall pick. During his career, he had a total of 32,292 points, 5,633 assists, and 2,514 steals. Jordan was a dominate force in this basketball era, grasping six NBA titles, according to the NBA website.
Michael Jordan had a tremendous career in which he made himself the face of basketball worldwide. Despite Jordan’s outstanding career and abilities, James said, “Oh, I take myself. For sure. I mean, I’m gonna take myself versus anybody,” reported Adam Reisigner of ESPN.
LeBron James entered the NBA in 2003 out of St.Vincent-St.Mary High School and was the first overall pick. LeBron is at the peak of his career but has still put up amazing stats: 26,188 points, 6,866 rebounds, and 6,635 assists. James, a prolific player, has two NBA titles, according to the ESPN website.
James already has more rebounds and assists than Jordan had in his entire career, but Jordan has four more rings.
Scottie Pippen, former teammate of Michael Jordan, said in an article published by Tom Haberstroh on ESPN, “Michael Jordan is probably the greatest scorer to ever play in the game, but I may go as far as to say that LeBron James may be the greatest player to ever play the game because he’s so potent offensively that not only can he score at will, but he keeps everybody involved and you have to be on your P’s and Q’s on defense because no guy on the basketball court is not a threat to score when LeBron James is out there.”
What’s the deciding factor in who’s better: rings or stats?
Boys’ Latin assistant basketball coach Mr. Morrissey said, “That’s tough. They are both so good in such different ways. MJ was a pure scorer and a hard nosed competitor. He would have won eight straight championships had he not played baseball for two years.”
Coach Morrissey went on to say, “However, I think James has had a bigger impact on his teams. He has consistently carried his teams to high win totals and successful seasons when he has a very subpar supporting cast. Taking the Warriors to six games basically by himself last spring was an impressive display of dominance that I’m not sure MJ would have matched.”
Jaylin Andrews, star basketball player at Boys’ Latin, said, “LeBron is better than Michael because he can do more all around and he is stronger. He can guard the post and score wherever and whenever he wants to. He makes his whole team better.”
Aside from discovering which player is better, each of them has had a lasting impact on the basketball community in their cities and worldwide. Each talent has brought joy to the millions of people looking to watch good basketball.