Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James: The key stats you need to know in the GOAT debate


The ESPN documentary collection “The Final Dance” confirmed a youthful era of NBA followers that Michael Jordan is far more than a man who sells retro sneakers. For individuals who witnessed Jordan’s greatness over the course of two three-peats with the Bulls, it bolstered the idea he’s the best participant to ever contact the courtroom.

A present star has difficult that GOAT (best of all time) dialog, in fact. There’s an argument to be made for placing LeBron James over Jordan, and James’ case solely grew stronger after he led the Lakers previous the Warmth within the 2020 NBA Finals.

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The Sporting Information’ Invoice Bender has a useful information with a very powerful speaking factors should you’re prepared to debate MJ vs. LeBron, however we’re merely right here to offer the info you want to justify your selection. Do not be the individual yelling “six rings” with no backup plan.

Here is a more in-depth take a look at the place the GOAT debate stands . . .

(All stats present as of Dec. 1, 2021)

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Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James: Common season stats

Jordan is superior within the scoring division, however James grabs rebounds and dishes out assists at a better price. Whereas each gamers are identified for tenacious protection on the wing, Jordan completed first within the league in steals thrice in his profession. James has not but claimed a steals title.

When it comes to longevity, James holds a transparent benefit. The hole in complete numbers will widen so long as James stays wholesome, and he would not seem like slowing down at age 36.

Jordan Per Recreation  LeBron
30.1 Factors 27.0
6.2 Rebounds 7.4
5.3 Assists 7.4
2.3 Steals 1.6
0.8 Blocks 0.7
2.7 Turnovers 3.5
38.3 Minutes 38.2
49.7 Subject objective % 50.4
32.7 3-point % 34.5
83.5 Free throw % 73.4


Jordan Totals  LeBron
1,072 Video games 1,321
32,292 Factors 35,651
6,672 Rebounds 9,808
5,633 Assists 9,771
2,514 Steals 2,083
893 Blocks 990
2,924 Turnovers 4,633
41,011 Minutes 50,461

Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James: Common season superior stats

It is all about which class you select relating to superior statistics. VORP and Win Shares favor James, however PER and Field Plus/Minus go to Jordan.

Decide a aspect, nerds! (That is a time period of endearment.)

Jordan Superior  LeBron
27.9 Participant Effectivity Score 27.3
116.1 Worth Over Alternative 137.8
9.2 Field Plus/Minus 8.8
214.0 Win Shares 243.2
56.9 True Capturing % 58.6
33.3 Utilization % 31.5

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Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James: Playoff stats

The playoff statistics mirror what Jordan and James produce in the course of the common season. Regardless of James’ elevated utilization and effectivity from past the arc over the course of his profession, it is price noting he shoots in regards to the identical share as Jordan from 3-point vary.

Oh, and the lazy narrative claiming James shrinks in large video games — his postseason traces are sometimes extra spectacular than his regular-season performances. That is not a wise method to argue towards him.

Jordan Playoffs Per Recreation  LeBron
33.4 Factors 28.7
6.4 Rebounds 9.0
5.7 Assists 7.2
2.1 Steals 1.7
0.9 Blocks 0.9
3.1 Turnovers 3.7
41.8 Minutes 41.5
48.7 Subject objective % 49.5
33.2 3-point % 33.7
82.8 Free throw % 74.0


Jordan Playoff Totals  LeBron
179 Video games 266
5,987 Factors 7,631
1,152 Rebounds 2,391
1,022 Assists 1,919
376 Steals 454
158 Blocks 252
546 Turnovers 975
7,474 Minutes 11,035

Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James: Playoff superior stats

Jordan is the all-time playoff chief in PER and Field Plus/Minus, and he has the best utilization share. However James tops everybody in VORP and Win Shares.

So yeah, these guys are fairly good.

Jordan Superior  LeBron
28.6 Participant Effectivity Score 28.2
24.7 Worth Over Alternative 33.9
11.1 Field Plus/Minus 10.2
39.8 Win Shares 55.7
56.8 True Capturing % 58.3
35.6 Utilization % 32.0

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Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James: Accolades and awards

And this is the large one. Jordan followers have championships of their again pockets. MJ went an ideal 6-0 within the NBA Finals and by no means wanted a Recreation 7 to win these collection.

James has gone 4-6 in his 10 NBA Finals appearances, however he additionally managed the Jap Convention with the Cavaliers and Warmth for nearly a complete decade.

Jordan Accolades  LeBron
6 Championships 4
5 MVPs 4
6 Finals MVPs 4
11 All-NBA 17
9 All-Protection 6
14 All-Star 17
10 Scoring titles 1



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