Let’s set aside the all time greatest debate and look at another topic widely debated.
Lebron James vs Michael Jordan let’s look at their age 29 season to provide the most fair statistical comparison.
Who Is Greater All Time Lebron James VS Michael Jordan
We will take an in depth look at offense, defense and analytics and let you know what the numbers tell us and our interpretation. This is our comparison of Lebron James and Michael Jordan. Even with a year Michael Jordan missed to rehab from an injury it’s a pretty interesting debate. The Last Dance told us the story of how Michael Jordan handled sitting out 64 games in his sophomore season.
Jordan’s eagerness to get back on the court as soon as possible drove him to lie to the Chicago Bulls organization, convincing them to let him “go back to college.”
He may have gone back to Chapel Hill, but he did so to create his own rehab program. He worked hard in the weight room then ultimately increased the intensity level to play one-on-one and eventually full court games.
He never told the Bulls front office.
It goes to the core of who Michael Jordan was.
A dogged competitor who was very difficult if not impossible to beat. With all of that said let’s take a look at our comparison.
As scoring goes Lebron and Jordan are both elite scorers however Lebron is the better 3 point shooter. Jordan has significantly more scoring titles and a higher scoring average as well as a bigger career high. We will call this edge Jordan.
Lebron has a higher career assist average and more games with a large number of assists. This one goes to Lebron.
Jordan and Lebron are also pretty close here but I give a slight edge to Lebron. Even with the statistical edge you have to keep in mind the positional and size differences which narrow this gap.
Jordan averages nearly one more steal and slightly more blocks per 36 min.
Defensive metrics show that both have been above defenders most of their careers , however starting at age 29 Lebron’s defensive performance has begun to wane.
Also of note at the height of their prime’s or age 29 Jordan posted a 9.5 BPM to Lebron’s 9.0 and a 9 to 8 advantage in VORP.
By his age 33 season Jordan was still posting a defensive rating of 102 while Lebron’s has dropped to 109 or close to league average.
Lebron and Jordan both have their share of business accomplishments however, at the end of the day here are their current net worth’s
Lebron James current net worth is 500 Million.
Michael Jordan has a current net worth of 1.6 billion.
Looking at this overall comparison here is my conclusion.
Lebron James and Michael Jordan are all time greats and legends to the game. However I give a slight edge to Michael Jordan based on near identical scoring ability but overall being a better defender. Having a larger net worth sure doesn’t hurt either.
Do you agree or disagree? Let me know your thoughts in comments.