In this blog, we will introduce you to the three most popular basketball players in the world: Michael Jordan, Lebron James, and Kobe Bryant. We will briefly compare and contrast their playing styles, achievements, and personalities. By the end of this blog, you should have a better understanding of each player’s unique greatness.
Michael Jordan Vs Kobe Bryant vs Lebron James
Michael Jordan vs LeBron James
Michael Jordan’s profile summary
He makes the majority of his money from his several career pursuits. As Jordan’s major owner, he has built a reputation for himself in the corporate world. What is Michael Jordan’s net worth? According to reports, he has a net worth of $2.2 billion.
- Full name is Michael Jeffrey Jordan.
- Date of birth: February 17, 1963
- Age: 59 as of April 2022
- Place of birth: Brooklyn, New York
- Nationality: American
- Aquarius is a Zodiac sign.
- Michael Jordan’s height in feet is 6’6″ “198 cm tall
- Instagram: @theofficialmichaeljordan
- Net worth: around $2.2 billion
Profile summary for LeBron James
He makes the majority of his money from his professional endeavors. And while his profession is not restricted to basketball, he has a large Nike deal. During his 18-year career, James has made more than $1 billion, including roughly $400 million in pay and more than $600 million in profits off the court. After deducting taxes, expenditures, and investment returns, Forbes assessed James’ net worth in August 2021 to be over $850 million.
- Name: LeBron Raymone James Sr.
- Age: 37 years old as of April 2022
- Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, USA
- Nationality: American
- Capricorn is the Zodiac sign.
- LeBron James’s height in feet is 6’9″ “Height in centimetres: 206
- Twitter: @KingJames Instagram: @lebron
- Net worth: Approximately $850 million
Regular Season Stats
Jordan is the better scorer, but James gets more rebounds and assists. While both players are noted for their tough wing defense, Jordan finished first in the NBA in thefts three times in his career. James has yet to win a steals championship.
In terms of lifespan, James has a distinct edge. The overall numerical gap will expand as long as James remains healthy, and at 37, he doesn’t appear to be slowing down.
|49.7||Field goal %||50.5|
|83.5||Free throw %||73.4|
Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James: Regular Season Advanced Stats
When it comes to advanced statistics, it all boils down to the category you select. VORP and Win Shares go to James, but PER and Box Plus/Minus go to Jordan.
|27.9||Player Efficiency Rating||27.3|
|116.1||Value Over Replacement||142.3|
|56.9||True Shooting %||58.8|
Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James: Playoff stats
Jordan and James’ postseason numbers match those of the regular season. Despite James’ increasing use and effectiveness from beyond the arc over the course of his career, it’s worth noting that he shoots around the same percentage as Jordan from 3-point range.
Oh, and the tired idea that James shrinks in big games — his playoff numbers are frequently more amazing than his regular-season numbers. That’s not a good strategy to counter him.
|Jordan||Playoffs Per Game||LeBron|
|48.7||Field goal %||49.5|
|82.8||Free throw %||74.0|
Advanced Playoff Stats
Jordan has the greatest usage rate and is the all-time postseason leader in PER and Box Plus/Minus. However, James outperforms everyone in VORP and Win Shares.
|28.6||Player Efficiency Rating||28.2|
|24.7||Value Over Replacement||33.9|
|56.8||True Shooting %||58.3|
Accolades and awards
And now comes the big one. Jordan supporters have championship rings in their pockets. In the NBA Finals, MJ was 6-0 and never required a Game 7 to win.
In his ten NBA Finals appearances, James has gone 4-6, but he also dominated the Eastern Conference with the Cavaliers and Heat for over a decade.
Why Michael Jordan Is the GOAT
Jordan now leads all honors except Rookie of the Year, All-Star appearances, All-NBA Team, and Hall of Fame. He has a better Finals record and two more rings than LeBron. He also has three more All-Defense honors and one more MVP trophy. He also has a Defensive Player of the Year honor. Something James does not have. While LeBron still has a ways to go, his dominance in obtaining his fourth ring has brought him one step closer to his dream of six or more rings.
LeBron Is More Clutch Than Jordan
The statistics plainly prove that LeBron performs significantly better in the clutch than Jordan. Jordan was 30-10, or 75% of the time when he had a chance to remove an opponent. Except for free throw percentage and turnovers, his scores fell in each of the eight major statistical categories.
He shot 9% worse, grabbed 1.4 fewer rebounds, and had 2.1 fewer assists, eight fewer steals and.6 fewer blocks. His only notable improvement was.8 fewer turnovers in such games. In games where he could put opponents away, his scoring efficiency, assists and rebounds, and overall defense all suffered.
Jordan, on the other hand, stepped up in several aspects while facing elimination. He’s 5-7 in elimination games throughout his career, with a 41.6 percent winning percentage.
Jordan’s field goal percentage, free throw percentage, thefts, and turnovers all decreased as he approached elimination. Rebounds, assists, blocks, and points all increased for him.
While he shot somewhat worse, he scored 2.7 more points per game. His rebounds and assists each increased by 1.7 per game. However, in the face of elimination, he missed 5.7 percent more free throws and turned the ball over 1.5 times more each game.
When given the opportunity to remove his opponent, LeBron has a record of 36-11, or a 76.6 percent winning percentage. He improved in four of the eight major statistical categories and remained unchanged in one. Rebounds, steals, blocks, and points per game all increased for him.
He increased his rebounds by 1.7, his blocks by.2, and his points by 1.2. His free throw percentage drops to.2%, his total field goal percentage drops to 2.9 percent, and he turns the ball over precisely the same amount as he has in his career. In games when he can finish his opponents, James merely becomes more involved, although many of his stats barely marginally rise.
When James is on the verge of being eliminated, he undergoes a full transformation. He improves in seven of the eight major statistical categories.
He shoots 3.5 percent better, averages 5.6 more rebounds per game, 1.8 more assists,.8 more steals, 1 more block per game, 1.3 fewer turnovers, and scores 9.2 points more. His one disadvantage is that when facing elimination, his free throw percentage lowers by 7.9 percent.
When facing elimination, LeBron performs at entirely other levels. He increases his on-court effectiveness in every aspect possible, including scoring, rebounding, and involving others. He also greatly improves defensively and turns the ball over less.
To summarize, LeBron is far more clutch than Jordan. LeBron wins 1.6 percent more often when the two scented blood and had a chance to annihilate their opponents. LeBron wins 16.7 percent more often when they are up against the wall.
Jordan only marginally improved in a few areas when facing elimination. LeBron improved in practically every statistic, and he improved, even more when he faced elimination. It’s ludicrous to claim that LeBron doesn’t play better and is more clutch under pressure situations.
LeBron James has also made more buzzer beaters and game-winning baskets with less than five seconds remaining than Jordan. On these shots, he also has a greater field goal percentage than Jordan. The statistics for each of their made shots are shown below.
Head to Head
While LeBron James is coming up to Michael Jordan in terms of statistics, most analysts and pundits believe MJ is a greater player in terms of style, sportsmanship, real gameplay, and recognition for that gameplay. According to Steve Kerr, in a hypothetical one-on-one showdown between LeBron James in his peak and Michael Jordan in his prime, LeBron would win three out of ten games.
Who Would Win Today?
Public Policy Polling survey findings from May 2015 demonstrate that not only do most people think Michael Jordan is a better player (which is unsurprising), but nearly a third believe Jordan could beat LeBron James even today when Jordan is 52 and James is only 30.
Kobe Bryant Vs Michael Jordan
|Kobe Bryant||Michael Jordan|
|Height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)||6’6″|
|Place of birth||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Brooklyn, New York|
|Date of birth||August 23, 1978||February 17, 1963|
|Points Per Game||25.5||30.1|
|MVPs||1 (2008) [5.88%]||5 (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998)|
|Finals MVP||2 (2009-2010)||6 (1991–1993, 1996–1998)|
|Assists Per Game||4.8||5.3|
|Steals Per Game||1.5||2.3|
|NBA Draft||1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13 Selected by the Charlotte Hornets||1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3 Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|Blocks Per Game||0.5||0.8|
|All Stars||15 (1998, 2000-2013) [88.24%]||14 (1985–1993, 1996–1998, 2002–2003)|
|Rebounds Per Game||5.3||6.2|
|Pro Career||1996-2016 (20 years)||1984–2003 (19 years)|
|High school||Lower Merion HS, Lower Merion, Pennsylvania||Emsley A. Laney (Wilmington, North Carolina)|
|All-Star MVP||4 (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011) [26.67%]||3 (1988, 1996, 1998)|
|Weight||205 lb (93.0 kg)||215 lb (98 kg)|
|Career Defensive Rebounds||5,145||5,004|
|Career 3 PT Made-Attempted- 3PT%||1,637 – 4,879 – 33.36%||581 – 1,778 – 32.7%|
|Career FG’S Made-Attempted-FG%||11,024 – 24,301 – 45.4%||12,192 – 24,537 – 49.7%|
|Career Offensive Rebounds||1,43||1,668|
|Olympics||2 Gold medals (2008, 2012)||2 Gold medals (1984, 1992)|
|All-NBA First Team||11 (2002, 2003, 2005–2013)||10 (1987–1993, 1996–1998)|
|All-NBA Second Team||2 (2000, 2004)||1 (1985)|
On August 23, 1978, Kobe Bryant was born in Philadelphia. He was the youngest of three children. Joe Bryant, his father, was a former Philadelphia 76ers player and head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks. Bryant began playing basketball when he was three years old, and his favorite team was the Los Angeles Lakers.
His father left the NBA and relocated the family to Italy when he was six years old. Bryant played soccer and learned French and Italian while there before returning to the United States in the summer to play basketball. He went to Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia, where he joined the varsity squad as a freshman.
Michael Jordan was born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York. He participated in baseball, football, and basketball at Emsley A. Laney High School but was denied from the Varsity squad his second year due to his height. In his junior year, he made the varsity team. He began attending the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill on a basketball scholarship in 1981.
Kobe Bryant entered the NBA shortly after graduating from high school and has spent his whole career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was selected 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996 and was immediately traded to the Lakers. At 18 years and 158 days, he was the NBA’s youngest starter ever. By the end of his rookie season, he had averaged 15.5 minutes per game and had won the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest. He has been one of the league’s top shooting guards since 1999 and has won five NBA titles.
Michael Jordan dropped out of college in 1984 to get drafted into the NBA. He was selected third overall by the Chicago Bulls. In his rookie season, he scored 28.2 points per game on 51.5% shooting and was on the cover of Sports Illustrated just one month into his professional career. In his debut season, he was named an All-Star starter and Rookie of the Year.
He hurt his foot in his second season and missed 64 games, but he recovered in time for the playoffs. After his father’s murder in 1993, he retired and got a minor league baseball deal with the Chicago White Sox. He returned to the NBA in 1995 and retired again in 1999 before becoming a part owner and president of the Washington Wizards. In 2001, he returned to the NBA as a player for the Washington Wizards, with the goal of contributing his salary to the September 11th recovery efforts. In 2002-2003, he played his final season.
Kobe Bryant is a shooting guard who can also play small forward. He is recognized for generating his own shots and is a strong three-point shooter.
Michael Jordan was a shooting guard who also played small forward and points guard for the Washington Wizards. He was a clutch performer with a reputation for trash language and a strong work ethic. He had a varied offensive style, including a signature fadeaway jump jumper.
Stats for Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan
Bryant has averaged 25.4 points per game throughout his career, along with 5.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.5 steals. He has a career field goal percentage of 45.4% and a three-point percentage of 33.7%. He has played 1161 regular season games in his career, averaging 25.4 points per game. He has appeared in 220 postseason games, scoring an average of 25.6 points per game.
Jordan played 1071 regular-season games in his career, averaging 30.1 points per game, 6.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 2.3 steals. His career field goal percentage is 49.7%, and he shoots 32.7% from the 3-point range. He has appeared in 179 postseason games, averaging 33.4 points per game.
While we give Kobe the advantage in head-to-head matches, Jordan wins the debate when it comes to lifetime awards. Bryant won five NBA titles, while Jordan won six, including a 6-0 record in the Finals. Bryant, on the other side, concluded his career with a 5-2 record in the Finals. His two defeats were against the Detroit Pistons in 2004 and the Boston Celtics in 2008.
Along with more championships, MJ leads Bryant in MVPs (5 to 1), Finals MVPs (6 to 2), DPOY awards (1 to 0), ROY awards (1 to 0), and scoring crowns (5 to 1). (10 to 2). Bryant concluded his career with 20 seasons under his belt, whereas Jordan only had 15. Despite playing more seasons, MJ has higher career averages in every category, barring three-point and free-throw percentages.
Even though Jordan has practically every career honor, Bryant has a modest advantage in a few categories. He has more All-Star appearances (18 to 14), All-NBA First Team choices (11 to 10), All-Defensive team appearances (12 to 9), and career points than Michael Jordan. Kobe is the fourth-highest scorer in NBA history, while Jordan is the fifth.
Ability to Score
Kobe Bryant had more career points than Michael Jordan, although Jordan was the superior scorer of the two. Jordan averaged 30.1 points per game and set an NBA record with ten scoring crowns. Let me also highlight that Jordan’s scoring average is 5.1 points higher than Bryant’s. Jordan would have had more career points than Kobe if he had played as many seasons as Bryant.
Jordan was one of the most productive scoring threats in league history. He led the league in scoring 10 of his 15 seasons, including a career-high 37.1 PPG in 1986. During the 1986-87 season, he had the fifth-highest scoring average of any player in league history. Jordan is also the only player, aside from the legendary Wilt Chamberlain, to have a scoring average among the top five in NBA history.
Even in his two seasons with the Washington Wizards, when he had his two lowest-scoring seasons, Michael Jordan averaged more than 20 points per game. Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant’s two lowest scoring seasons occurred in his rookie season, when he scored only 7.5 PPG, and in his 17th NBA season, when he totaled only 13.8 PPG.
Most basketball fans know Jordan and Bryant for their scoring talents, but they were also excellent passers at the shooting guard position. Even though Jordan had a higher career assist average, Bryant was the superior passer. Jordan had the more famous assist of the two all-time greats, which happened during the 1997 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz.
Bryant is a five-time NBA champion (2000-2002, 2009-2010) and was named NBA Most Valuable Player in 2008. In 2006 and 2007, he was the NBA scoring champion. In 2007, an ESPN survey named him the second best shooting guard in NBA history, after only Michael Jordan.
Michael Jordan was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. He was a six-time NBA champion. He was named NBA Rookie of the Year in 1984-85 and Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 1991. In 1996, he was designated one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.
Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan faced off eight times, four times with the Chicago Bulls and four times with the Washington Wizards. The Lakers won five of those games. Bryant averaged 22.8 points per game, while Jordan averaged 24.5 points.
In 2003, Kobe Bryant was arrested in connection with a sexual assault charge brought by Katelyn, a 19-year-old hotel employee. Bryant rejected the rape claims. His endorsement deals with McDonald’s and Nutella was canceled. Prosecutors withdrew the prosecution after Faber declined to testify in the trial, Bryant publicly apologized for the event, and the two parties settled with a civil lawsuit.
Jordan was embroiled in a scandal in 1993 after he had been photographed gambling in Atlantic City the night before a game. He admits to losing $57,000 on gaming.
Bryant, James, and Jordan are all all-stars.
They were all regular NBA All-Star Game players, with Jordan appearing 14 times (three times as NBA All-Star Game MVP), James appearing 17 times (three times as NBA All-Star Game MVP), and the Mamba appearing 18 times (NBA All-Star Game MVP four times).
Bryant averaged 25 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.7 assists a game in his career, while Jordan averaged 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game. James now averages 29 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game.
|Player||NBA Champion||NBA Finals MVP||NBA MVP||All-NBA||All-Star|
1. Is LeBron the greatest of all time?
LeBron is, according to The Athletic’s voting panel of NBA experts, the second-greatest player ever, which makes him arguably, the greatest ever. All time. Through 75 history-rich seasons.
2. Who is the real goat in NBA?
Who is the GOAT in the NBA? The most common (and correct) answer to this question is former Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan. ‘Air Jordan’ won no fewer than six NBA championships during his time with the Chicago Bulls, claiming the Finals MVP award on all six occasions
3. What does Jordan think about LeBron?
Michael Jordan On LeBron James: “He’s An Unbelievable Player, He’s One Of The Best Players In The World… I’m A Fan Of His, and I Love Watching Him Play…”
4. Did LeBron James ever play against Michael Jordan?
Both unique, sitting in your own different area of greatness.” KD went on to emphasize that there really was no need to compare LeBron James to Michael Jordan. The two never played against one another and never will
5. How is LeBron better than jordan
LeBron James’ statistics indicate that he is a much better overall basketball player. While Jordan scored more overall, LeBron is a more efficient player, shooting better from two and three-point range. LeBron is also a much better passer and rebounder than Jordan ever was
In short, it is clear that Michael Jordan, Lebron James, and Kobe Bryant are all incredible basketball players. They have all achieved a great deal of success in their careers and have inspired many people. While there are some similarities between them, they also have their own unique skills and abilities. Jordan is widely considered to be the greatest player of all time, while James and Bryant are both considered to be among the best players in the world today.