The everlasting debate that will most likely be talked about for centuries to come when friends gather around the bar for a few drinks: who had the better career, LeBron James or Michael Jordan? Well, we'll be solving that little discussion right here, right now. LeBron James is clearly better, and here's why.
6. LeBron is the Better All-Around Player
While Michael Jordan may have put up just gaudy numbers throughout his career, LeBron has taken a different path. James simply makes everyone else around him better through his style of play and unselfish ball handling. He knows when to take control, and he knows when to feed his teammates.
5. James Has Way More All-Star Appearances
Other than his rookie season, LeBron James has made the All-Star game every single season in his career, accumulating to 12 appearances by age 31. Michael Jordan at that point in his career reaches only seven. That speaks volumes, especially in the NBA when it's extremely difficult to make the ASG.
4. LeBron Appeared in Over Twice as Many NBA Finals
At age 31, Michael Jordan had only captured three NBA championships, and only appeared in as many. Meanwhile, LeBron has the same amount of titles, but in more than double the amount of appearances. James has been to seven finals in his career, including the past SIX IN A ROW. Talk about a legend.
3. Jordan Did Not Have as Many MVP Trophies
13 seasons in the league, and LeBron James has already filled his mantle with four NBA MVP trophies, as well as three Finals MVP's as well. Jordan wasn't far behind, with three of each, but he's missing one league MVP, which is the much harder trophy to earn.
2. Jordan Never Had an Above .500 Season Without Scottie Pippen
Jordan only played without Scottie Pippen in just five seasons of his career, and finished with a below .500 record in each of those seasons. For all the hate that LeBron receives for "having to join a super team", Jordan was the more dependent player in his career.
1. LeBron Came Back From a 3-1 Deficit
This past postseason, LeBron James orchestrated the greatest Finals performance the league has ever seen, and led his team to the first ever 3-1 comeback in the NBA Finals against a Golden State Warriors team that was hailed as the best team in league history. Jordan could never do something like that.