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.
Shooting. LeBron James has really improved his prowess as a shooter since he entered the league out of high school, but even on his best day couldn't touch the impeccable finesse of Jordan. Jordan, a career 49.7 percent shooter from the floor, has a slight edge over LeBron, who checks in at 47.9 percent in his career.
While Jordan has a slight edge in both field-goal percentage and three-point percentage, James has a slightly higher effective field-goal percentage because he takes more three-point attempts. The difference isn't very dramatic anywhere though, and the true shooting is a negligible difference in favor of Jordan.
Few in NBA history can match the accolades, awards and championships Michael Jordan amassed in his days with the Bulls. Championship celebrations were the norm for Michael Jordan throughout his NBA career. By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.
Michael Jordan and LeBron James were teammates in 2003
One night, Jordan and the college kids he had at the camp played five-on-five, and James and MJ ended up on the same team. During an interview in May 2020, James told the story about being teammates with Jordan and how his team never lost a game.
LeBron came in at No. 2 on The Athletic's list, trailing only Michael Jordan. LeBron is, according to The Athletic's voting panel of NBA experts, the second-greatest player ever. Which makes him, arguably, the greatest ever.
Jordan hit on eight of his first 16 clutch attempts in the playoffs, just one more than LeBron. Though that gives him a 50 percent ratio to LeBron's 43.8, one shot really isn't that much of a difference. So Kudos to LeBron.
Michael Jordan, in an article from ESPN in 2013, confessed to studying LeBron James and said what he would do to slow him down. “I study him [LeBron James]. When LeBron goes right, he usually drives; when he goes left, he usually shoots a jumper. It has to do with his mechanics and how he loads the ball for release.
There have been more MVP awards, more NBA Finals, and more awards won by James than by Curry. As opposed to Curry, LeBron has 10 more appearances as an All-Star and among his many accomplishments, he has been selected for 16 NBA All-Star Teams.
Previously portrayed as a choke artist who wanted no part of the last shot in tightly contested games, LeBron has developed into one of the most clutch scorers in the NBA. Actually, strike that. Statistically, he is the most clutch player in the league.
"LeBron was born without a clutch gene" — Skip Bayless
And Bayless came bringing evidence. "Michael Jordan won six championships with six MVPs," he said. "LeBron James has lost six NBA Finals."
According to 82games.com since the 2003-2004 season, Kobe Bryant has hit 14 game winning shots while LeBron has hit 17. LeBron's 17 leads the pack while Kobe's 14 is fourth. In addition Kobe has missed 42 possible game winners! James has missed 33.
But James isn't at the top of the throne in some rankings of the league's best players. In NBA.com Canada's ranking of the top 30 players, James came in at No. 3: LeBron lands at three here, but The King is far from washed.
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.
Speaking of Jordan, James made time to greet Jordan at halftime when the league's 76 greatest players were recognized for the NBA's 75th anniversary season. James doesn't address this topic often. The two don't have a close relationship for reasons that are probably rooted in many competitive impulses.
Jordan is a 6x NBA champ going 6-0 in each series, while Lebron is a staggering 4-6, only winning 4 rings. Jordan also has won more MVP awards with 5 to James's 4. Jordan has also won a defensive player of the year award which, up to this point, LeBron has not, doing this against tougher opposing competition no less.
Kobe has won the league's scoring title twice, LeBron has led the league in scoring just once (though it must be mentioned LeBron narrowly missed out on his second last year, when Kevin Durant edged him by just . 4 points per contest). Yes Kobe once scored 81 points in a single basketball game.
He will be hoping to chance that in 2021-22 alongside fellow NBA 75 members, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis. With 27,379 career points to his name, Anthony is a real chance to finish his career in the top-10 on the all-time scorers list.
LeBron James has made seven career game-winning buzzer-beaters, according to Basketball-Reference, but his most memorable clutch play was his Game 7 block on Andre Iguodala during the 2016 NBA Finals. “I think LeBron James is one of the most clutch players in the NBA,” an NBA executive opined.