Fact: Lebron James is the greatest basketball player we have ever seen. Finish this article and even the biggest Lebron haters won’t be able to argue it.
Now before you even bring up Michael Jordan’s name, let me me lay down some quick facts. No opinions yet, just facts.
In the regular season: Lebron has a slightly higher field goal percentage, a higher three point percentage, is averaging one more rebound a game, and is averaging nearly two more assists a game over Jordan. Lebron has had 54 triple doubles to Jordan’s 28.
Now the regular season’s great, but the playoffs is where Jordan made his name. But don’t worry, I have facts for that too. Lebron has 131 playoff wins, Jordan has 119. Lebron has played more games, but he stills wins 66% of his playoff games to Jordan’s 65%. Lebron has never lost in the first round of the playoffs, while Jordan has lost three times. Lebron averages two more rebounds, one more assist, and over 30 more blocks.
I get it: Jordan has six rings, Lebron has three, but Bill Russell had 11 championships and virtually no one considers him the greatest. If we are measuring championships Jordan barely makes the top 10 all time.
Jordan went 6 for 6 in the Finals? Overrated. Who was Jordan’s greatest Finals adversary? Magic Johnson was already way beyond his prime, and was diagnosed with HIV 5 months after the Finals, and then retired. Drexler, Barkley, and Malone had their chances during Jordan’s premature retirements and still ended up with no rings. Lebron beat Tim Duncan who won 5 championships himself, a young Thunder team with team with two of the last three MVP winners, and the greatest regular season team of all time.
At this point you’re probably going to want to argue another players as the G.O.A.T. Lebron is the only NBA player to ever have at least 27,000 points, 7,000 assists, and 7,000 rebounds. He is also the only player to ever average at least 27.0 points per game, 7.0 assists per game, and 7.0 rebounds over the course of his career.
Use the eye test: he looks like a freak of nature on the court as well as the the clear leader of a teams that have been to seven straight Finals.
The best part? He’s not done yet, and doesn’t look to let up anytime soon. Whether you want to crown the King now or when he retires, just know you’re watching the greatest player of all time.
The Chosen One has finally arrived.