LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan

LeBron James
Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is widely considered to be the greatest player in NBA history. LeBron James is one of the best basketball players currently active. This is a comparison of their records. LeBron James began his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers and currently plays for the Miami Heat. Michael Jordan played for the Chicago Bulls for most of his career and led them to victory in the NBA championship six times.

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Height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight 250 lb (113.4 kg) 215 lb (98 kg)
League NBA NBA
Championships 2 6
Finals MVP 2 (2012, 2013) 6 (1991–1993, 1996–1998)
Place of birth Akron, Ohio, U.S. Brooklyn, New York
MVPs 4 (2009-2010, 2012-13) [30.00%] 5 (1988, 1991–1992, 1996, 1998)
Salary $19.1 million (2013-14) $1,030,000 (2002-03)
Points Per Game 27.5 30.1
Nickname King James MJ, Air Jordan, HIs Airness
NBA Draft 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1 Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers 1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3 Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Pro Career 2003-present 1984–2003 (19 years)
Assists Per Game 6.9 5.3
All Stars 9 (2005-2013) [90.00%] 14 (1985–1993, 1996–1998, 2002–2003)
Team Cleveland Cavaliers; Miami Heat Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards
Steals Per Game 1.7 2.3
Position(s): PG/SG/SF/PF SG/SF
Rebounds Per Game 7.3 6.2
High school St. Vincent–St. Mary Emsley A. Laney (Wilmington, North Carolina)
All-Star MVP 2 (2006, 2008) [22.22%] 3 (1988, 1996, 1998)
Blocks Per Game 0.8 0.8
FG% 49% 49.7%
3FG% 33.6% 32.7%
Jersey 23; 6 23, 45, 9
FT% 74.7% 83.5%
Scoring Champion 1 (2008) [10.00%] 10 (1987–1993, 1996–1998)
Olympics 2 Gold medals (2008, 2012) 2 Gold medals (1984, 1992)
Rookie of the Year 1 (2004) 1
Date of birth December 30, 1984 February 17, 1963
All-NBA First Team 6 (2006, 2008–2012) [60.00%] 10 (1987–1993, 1996–1998)
All-NBA Second Team 2 (2005, 2007) [20.00%] 1 (1985)
All-Defensive Teams 4 (2009-2012) [40.00%] 9 (1988–1993, 1996–1998)
Career Points 21,114 32,292
Assists 5,302 5,633
Career Defensive Rebounds 4,604 5,004
Career Offensive Rebounds 949 1,668
Career FG'S Made-Attempted-FG% 7,559 - 15411 - 49% 12,192 - 24,537 - 49.7%
Career 3 PT Made-Attempted- 3PT% 1,020 - 3026 - 33.7% 581 - 1,778 - 32.7%
Career FT'S Made-Attempted-FG% 4,943 - 6,617 - 74.7% 7,327 - 8,772 - 83.5%
Career Turnovers 2,525 2,924
Awards NBA champion(2012), NBA Finals MVP(2012), 3xNBA MVP (2009-10, 2012), 9x NBA All-Star (2005-13), 2x NBA All Star Game MVP (2006, 2008), NBA Rookie of the Year(2004), NBA scoring champion(2008), 6× All-NBA First Team(2006, 2008-12)-See Awards section 6× NBA champion (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998); 6× NBA Finals MVP (1991–1993, 1996–1998); 5× NBA Most Valuable Player (1988, 1991–1992, 1996, 1998); 14× NBA All-Star; 3× NBA All-Star Game MVP; 10× NBA scoring champion
Nationality American American
Career Rebounds 5,553 6,672
Career Personal Fouls 1,439 2,783
Marital status Engaged with 2 kids Divorced; 2 kids. Now engaged to Yvette Prieto

Contents: LeBron James vs Michael Jordan

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edit Early Life

Michael Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1963. He started his basketball career in high school playing for Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. He played baseball and football in addition to basketball, and though it was deemed too short to play basketball at the varsity level in high school, he showed that he did have the stuff that it took by dominating the junior varsity team instead.

LeBron James was born in Akron Ohio in 1984; on January 16, 2013 he became the youngest player in the NBA to reach 20,000 career points, at 28 years old. He played high school basketball at St. Vincent – St. Mary High school in Akron, and was highly promoted by the national media as a future NBA superstar due to the talent he showed during his high school games. He played Amateur Athletic Union basketball for the Northeast Ohio Shooting Stars.

edit Career

United States' LeBron James (6) dunks against Spain during the men's gold medal basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London
United States' LeBron James (6) dunks against Spain during the men's gold medal basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London

Michael Jordan played with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for three years; the team won the Tar Heels' national championship team in 1982. Jordan's NBA career started in 1984 when he joined the Chicago Bulls. He averaged 28.2 points per game on 51.5% shooting during his first season in the NBA. He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated only a month after his professional career started, and experienced some issues with his teammates due to the amount of attention he received. His second season was cut short by a broken foot, causing him to miss 64 games in the season. In his third season, Michael Jordan came back with one of the most prolific scoring seasons in NBA history, becoming one of only two people to score 3,000 points in a season. He played for both the Chicago Bulls from 1984 to 1993 and again from 1995 to 1999. During this time, the Chicago Bulls won the NBA championships six times" 1991-93 and 1996-98. After he retired in 1999, Jordan returned for another stint, this time with the Washington Wizards, and played from 2001-03. He is now majority owner and head of basketball operations for the Charlotte Bobcats.

LeBron James played high school basketball at St. Vincent – St. Mary High School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio but did not play college basketball. After graduating, he was selected in the 2003 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers and stayed with them until the 2010-11 season. James led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals in 2007 but they lost to the San Antonio Spurs. In a much publicized move in 2010, James joined the Miami Heat, disappointing his fan base in Cleveland. He cited winnability as one of the major reasons for the switch. The team did reach the NBA Finals that year but were defeated by the Dallas Mavericks. In 2012, the Miami Heat did win the NBA championship and LeBron James was MVP in the finals that year.

edit Playing Style

Michael Jordan’s playing style was one of total body awareness, using all of his muscles to the best of their ability in order to part through the court like a fish in water, going up for the layups leading to the slam dunks that he was so famous for. His leaping ability earned him the nicknames "Air Jordan" and "His Airness". He also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball.

James’ playing style is much more aggressive, opting to mow down those who get in his way as opposed to fluidly working through the court itself.

edit Awards

Michael Jordan was 6× NBA champion (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998); 6× NBA Finals MVP (1991–1993, 1996–1998); 5× NBA Most Valuable Player (1988, 1991–1992, 1996, 1998); 14× NBA All-Star; 3× NBA All-Star Game MVP; 10× NBA scoring champion; his accomplishments include five MVP awards, ten All-NBA first team designations, fourteen All-Star game appearances, and the records for highest career regular season scoring average and highest career playoff scoring average. He was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, second only to Babe Ruth on the Associate Press’s list of athletes of the century.

LeBron James was an NBA champion (2012), NBA Finals MVP (2012), 3xNBA MVP (2009-2010, 2012), 9x NBA All-Star (2005-2013), 2x NBA All Star Game MVP (2006, 2008), NBA Rookie of the Year (2004), NBA scoring champion (2008), 6× All-NBA First Team (2006, 2008–2012), 2× All-NBA Second Team (2005, 2007), 4× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2009–2012), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2004), USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (2012), Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2012), Cleveland Cavaliers all-time leading scorer, Naismith Prep Player of the Year (2003), 2× USA Mr. Basketball (2002–2003), 3× Ohio Mr. Basketball (2001–2003), and 2× Consensus National H.S. Player of the Year (2002–2003).

edit Head to Head

While it is true that stats-wise, LeBron James is catching up to Michael Jordan, most experts and commentators consider MJ to be a better player in terms of style, sportsmanship, actual game play and recognition for that game play. Here's an ESPN video where Steve Kerr says that in a hypothetical one-on-one matchup between LeBron James in his prime and MJ in his prime, LeBron would win 3 out of 10 games.

edit Controversies

Michael Jordan was involved in a controversy only once, in 1993 when he was seen gambling in Atlantic City the night before a game. He admitted to $57,000 in gambling losses. Off the court, LeBron James has had a public life full of intense scrutiny, and he has been ranked as one of America’s most disliked and most influential athletes. He is constantly in the news.

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Anonymous comments (13)

April 25, 2014, 4:40am

LeBron still has yet to have killer instinct that Jordan and kobe have.

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June 17, 2014, 3:20pm

MJ is the greatest period

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May 7, 2014, 12:29pm

Jordan is better than Kobe and LeBron

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May 7, 2014, 12:28pm

All of you people that have your opions that James is better than Jordan don't know how to think. Cleary Jordan has better stats. Jordan is better and you know it!

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March 6, 2014, 2:26am

Jordan all the way

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November 1, 2013, 4:13pm

mj is and always will be better.

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July 4, 2013, 4:30am

Lebron is Better than Michael

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May 22, 2014, 1:34am

They both are amazing players but the truth is you can't exactly compare them because their play style is so... different you know what I mean :)

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April 21, 2014, 7:56pm

Based on stats, these two are neck and neck. If Lebron can win 5 more rings he'll be considered the greatest of all time. Jordan's stats beat Kobe's for sure though.

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April 19, 2014, 9:44am

Lebron not even better than kobe so how does he compare to jordan. I dont get it

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February 22, 2014, 8:38am

Jordan was the best then came in kobe then lebron. But lebron is a bitch made nigga that will never get the respect that kobe n MJ get. Ol flopping ass nigga. KING FLOP

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October 7, 2013, 2:14pm

JAMES

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August 3, 2013, 5:17pm

I'm taking LeBron over Jordan. LeBron is a bigger stronger faster Michael Jordan.

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