One thing every NBA fan can agree on is, the GOAT talk will never be settled. Mike is the greatest, LeBron is the most dominate, where is Kobe, why isn’t Kareem involved in this debate, those are just a few of the comments made by NBA fans all over the world. Let’s settle this as best we can:
Michael Jordan –
6× NBA champion (1991–1993, 1996–1998), 6× NBA Finals MVP (1991–1993, 1996–1998), 5× NBA Most Valuable Player (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998), 14× NBA All-Star (1985–1993, 1996–1998, 2002, 2003), 3× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1988, 1996, 1998), 10× All-NBA First Team (1987–1993, 1996–1998), All-NBA Second Team (1985), NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1988), 9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1988–1993, 1996–1998), NBA Rookie of the Year (1985), NBA All-Rookie First Team (1985), 10× NBA scoring champion (1987–1993, 1996–1998), 3× NBA steals leader (1988, 1990, 1993), 2× NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1987, 1988)
LeBron James –
3× NBA champion (2012, 2013, 2016), 3× NBA Finals MVP (2012, 2013, 2016), 4× NBA Most Valuable Player (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013), 14× NBA All-Star (2005–2018), 3× NBA, All-Star Game MVP (2006, 2008, 2018), 11× All-NBA First Team (2006, 2008–2017), 2× All-NBA Second Team (2005, 2007), 5× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2009–2013), NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2014), NBA Rookie of the Year (2004), NBA scoring champion (2008)
Stats and achievements clearly favor Jordan but one thing we need to take into consideration is length of career. This is LeBron’s 15 season, which is the length of Jordan’s career which includes his brief moment with Washington. We all know James will have more years added to his career because he is a once in a generation physical specimen. Let’s take into consideration, Jordan doesn’t take that whole year off to “play baseball”. That is potentially another title on his resume as well as another league MV and Finals MVP (we are assuming). Just like math, what we do to one side, we have to do to the other so LeBron gets one more each added to his career.
Based off a 15-year career for each, Mike is the GOAT but before you cry and bitch, LeBron will always have a say in the debate. I loved watching MJ play and can respect LeBron as a player. LeBron is the same type of player as MJ in the way they have dominated the game. Jordan dominated in his era where you had to work for every point and also players would put you on your ass for showing them up. James plays in an era where scoring is at an all time high and touch fouls are as common as a James Harden traveling violation (which never gets called). Can we blame them for playing in different eras? The obvious answer is NO!!
So why debate then? I mean Mike dominated in his era LeBron is dominating in his. Kareem was the dominate big man for his time, Kobe torched everyone for a while as well. Duncan made the low post game silky smooth and Shaq came in wreaking havoc on the league. You see, just like driving in a complete circle, there truly is no end. That can be said of the GOAT debate. There is no end to it and that’s what makes being a fan so great.