If Jordan-like scoring, Magic-esque playmaking and incredible longevity are more your speed, then James wins your vote. Contact Shawn Windsor: 313-222-6487 or swindsor freepress. But LeBron James is the newest iPhone. At the time, I noted James' playoff run had pushed him past Chamberlain into second in all-time championships added. But when I've looked at clips of some of those games, I'm always struck by how much slower the players are on video.
This decision has to be taken into consideration. By continuing to play at near-peak levels so deep into his career, James has almost caught up. LeBron sure has done this. One lucky quartet -- Jerry Stackhouse, Brendan Haywood, Larry Hughes and Scott Williams -- played with both of them. James and Jordan are different in many ways but their determination to be the best is a shared trait. Analytics tell the story better than your memory. Once he joined the league, he even donned his number 23.
That particular debate will continue until LeBron retires and probably long after that but, at least in one aspect of the game, he has already surpassed Jordan. Aside from this, LeBron James has also only had one losing season against the Western Conference, in his rookie year when he was 6-22. It's probably a given LeBron will be back in the finals again, as it looks as though the Cavaliers have gotten it together now, and are already hungry for another championship. So while LeBron does play in the weaker overall conference, he has never had a hard time beating the West. At any given time in his career after 1988, there were at least three teams that had five or less years of experience. But, more, he wants to be part of great teams. To hear Jordan's supporters tell it, defenders were allowed open fisticuffs to prevent him from getting to the basket.
LeBron's vision on the court is something that can only be matched by some of the greatest passers ever, such as Magic Johnson and John Stockton, as he is able to make anybody on his team get the open look. There is no point in trying to tear down what Jordan did because it's over. For some folks, that may not translate to moving him above Jordan. The gap has been enormous during this recent run against Golden State, as the Warriors have gone a combined 207-39. What these career stats show is that King James is capable of excelling in all aspects of the game, not just in scoring. First, LeBron is such a great player not just for his own abilities, but for the fact he is able to bring his whole team together to win games. They are two players, and two ideals, colliding within American culture.
Not only did LeBron's decision to leave Cleveland hurt the team for a year or two, his departure turned the Cavaliers from one of the best teams in the league, to a bottom dwelling team that had absolutely no chance of making the playoffs. During his first run in Cleveland, LeBron willed the Cavaliers to multiple championship contentions, with just no supporting cast. That's clearly better than LeBron's three rings in nine attempts, right? I bet it meant more to him than if he had hit the shot himself. See, there are athletes that come along who transcend our previous notions of excellence. He posted a winning record against 11 of the 14, tied with 2, and only posted a losing record to Dwight Howard with a single matchup that he lost. A combination of explosiveness and grace that felt impossible.
And urgency, because one day soon he will be nothing but memory. He faced these 14 on 33 occasions. As you can see, there are no easy answers here. In conclusion, LeBron is much more clutch than Jordan. The majority of his postseason wins came against Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, and Alonzo Mourning; guys who never won a ring. Of those 25 Hall of Famers, 7 of them accounted for 17 of his matchup losses, being the dynasty Spurs and Warriors. Now, James comes out ahead at every age, thanks in part to starting younger but also because he reached peak performance sooner.
They might feel more comfortable joining or creating other super teams without worrying how that would affect their status. This makes sense and is partly why he always stood out. James played with better teammates than Jordan ever did. We're the ones that grew up waiting for that before the big weekend matchups. Maybe let James' accomplishments speak for themselves and enjoy him while he's still around. Below is the list of Hall of Famers each player has played in the playoffs alone, leading to the Finals. Lebron hasn't played in as physical of a league, but the athleticism of this league is far beyond what Jordan faced.
Jordan also had some better teammates than LeBron, so the fact that he couldn't pass as well as James shows he wasn't as great as a passer as LeBron. LeBron on the other hand, had to sit out a portion of a Finals game, because he got too hot due to a lack of air-conditioning. Yet James is still chasing the sweet-spot between his ideal of team basketball and the superstar demands of the individual. If he ended his career today, he would already go down in history as one of the greatest players of all-time. The question that arises with this, is would LeBron be able to handle the pressure that Jordan did each night? Defensively, Jordan has a Defensive Player of the Year award, and been named to the All-Defensive team nine times.
If the end of the G. The team gets the player's career exactly as it played out, with no chance of anyone taking his talents to South Beach. Jordan—type debates, the most pressing argument in the sport could center on which dynasty is the best of all time. His field goal percentage, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, and points per game all improved. When you try to devalue that, just know you're barking at a micro-generation born between 1977 and 1983, between Generation X and millennials — one that's been dubbed Xennial whatever the hell that is — and you're going to get some blowback. Toronto must be sick of the sight of LeBron, who ended the game with 38 points, six rebounds and seven assists in 41 minutes.
On Tuesday night, LeBron James hit the court for his 1,072nd regular-season game. While James remains a perfect 13-0 in first-round matchups, Jordan fell in the first round three times in his first three seasons — once to Milwaukee and twice to Boston. T considerations, but his championship record is just not as good as Jordan's as of yet. He wants to remind us he is human. Having solidified his status as the best player of this decade, James is leading a rejuvenated Cavaliers squad to the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference this year while putting up 27. He absolutely choked twice in Miami, but since he carried a depleted Cavs team to 6 his first year back in Cleveland, brought them back from a 3-1 deficit for a ring, and averaged a triple double last season.