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

The long-awaited ESPN documentary series “The Last Dance” will show a more youthful generation of NBA fans that Michael Jordan is much more than a man who offers retro tennis shoes. For those who saw Jordan’s success over the course of 2 three-peats with the Bulls, it will strengthen the belief he is the biggest gamer to ever touch the court.

A present star has actually made complex that GOAT (biggest of perpetuity) discussion, naturally. There is an argument to be produced putting LeBron James over Jordan, and James’ case will just grow more powerful as he continues to rise private leaderboards and chase champions in Los Angeles.

MORE: Release date, TELEVISION schedule for ESPN’s “The Last Dance”

Sporting News’ Expense Bender has a handy guide with the essential talking points if you’re all set to talk about MJ vs. LeBron, however we’re merely here to supply the realities you need to validate your option. Do not be the individual screaming “six rings” without any backup strategy.

Ahead of the Sunday night best of “The Last Dance,” here’s a better take a look at where the GOAT debate stands.

LeBron James
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Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James: Routine season stats

Jordan transcends in the scoring department, however James grabs meals and rebounds out helps at a greaterrate While both players are understood for solid defense on the wing, Jordan completed first in the league in takes 3 times in his profession. James has not yet declared a takes title.

In regards to durability, James holds a clear benefit. The space in overall numbers will expand as long as James remains healthy, and he does not appear to be decreasing at age 35.

Jordan Per Game LeBron
301 Points271
6.2 Rebounds 7.4
5.3 Assists 7.4
2.3 Takes 1.6
0.8 Blocks 0.8
2.7 Turnovers 3.5
383 Minutes384
497 Field goal %504
327 3-point %344
835 Free toss %735

Jordan Overalls LeBron
1,072 Games 1,258
32,292 Points34,087
6,672 Rebounds 9,353
5,633 Assists 9,298
2,514 Takes 2,011
893 Blocks951
2,924 Turnovers 4,402
41,011 Minutes48,329

Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James: Routine season advanced stats

It’s everything about which classification you pick when it comes to advanced stats. VORP and Win Shares prefer James, however PER and Box Plus/Minus go to Jordan.

Choose a side, geeks! (That’s a regard to endearment.)

Jordan Advanced LeBron
279 Gamer Effectiveness Score275
1161 Worth Over Replacement1332
9.2 Box Plus/Minus 8.9
2140 Win Shares2361
569 True Shooting %586
333 Use %315

Michael Jordan
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Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James: Playoff stats

The playoff stats mirror what Jordan and James produce throughout the routine season. In spite of James’ increased use and performance from beyond the arc over the course of his profession, it’s worth noting he shoots the very same portion as Jordan from 3-point variety (332).

Oh, and about the lazy narrative declaring James diminishes in big games– his postseason lines are typically more remarkable than his regular-season efficiencies. That’s not a wise method to refute him.

Jordan Playoffs per Game LeBron
334 Points289
6.4 Rebounds 8.9
5.7 Assists 7.1
2.1 Takes 1.8
0.9 Blocks 1.0
3.1 Turnovers 3.6
418 Minutes420
487 Field goal %491
332 3-point %332
828 Free toss %743

Jordan Playoff overalls LeBron
179 Games239
5,987 Points 6,911
1,152 Rebounds 2,122
1,022 Assists 1,687
376 Takes419
158 Blocks232
546 Turnovers866
7,474 Minutes10,049

Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James: Playoff advanced stats

Jordan is the all-time playoff leader in PER and Box Plus/Minus, and has the highest use portion, however James tops everybody in VORP and Win Shares. Yeah, these men are quite excellent.

Jordan Advanced LeBron
286 Gamer Effectiveness Score283
247 Worth Over Replacement308
111 Box Plus/Minus102
398 Win Shares510
568 True Shooting %579
356 Use %322

Michael Jordan
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Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James: Awards and distinctions

And here’s the big one, Jordan fans have champions in their back pockets. MJ went a best 6-0 in the NBA Finals and never ever required a Game 7 to win those series.

James has actually gone 3-6 in his 9 NBA Finals looks, however he likewise managed the Eastern Conference with the Cavaliers and Heat for nearly a whole years. Another title or MVP would supply a substantial increase to his resume.

Jordan Honors LeBron
6 Champions 3
5 MVPs 4
6 Finals MVPs 3
11 All-NBA15
9 All-Defense 6
14 All-Star16
10 Scoring titles 1