LeBron James Is No Michael Jordan

By Jennings Brown and Tal Reznik

Lebron James NBA at Cleveland Cavaliers
May 12, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates after a 106-101 win over the Chicago Bulls Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Lebron versus Jordan—it’s one of the most heated debates in NBA fandom. Who is the greatest—His Airiness or King James?

Before Jordan ever graced the courts of United Center, most star players only accounted for 17 to 20 percent of their team’s tally per game. But when Jordan started his career in 1984 he scored 26 percent of the points for the Bulls, and that was only the beginning. Even though James peaked in that department at a younger age, scoring 27 percent of the points for the Cavaliers when he was just 21, Jordan’s career high of 35 percent of the Bulls’ tally for a season far surpassed what James would net. James never caught up and his percentage game has been on a steady decline since, while Jordan retired (the first time) on another high.


Percentage Of Team Total
Average percentage of game total for entire season
Michael Jordon vs LeBron James graph

Michael Jordan vs LeBron James


This season, James’s herculean efforts have been hailed as the driving force behind the rejuvenated Cavs, and he has been credited with hauling them to the finals. But he’s only been responsible for 24.5% of their points, a proportion that Jordan would have counted as a low point.

Where LeBron does lead Jordan is in the triple-double count—when a player posts double-figure stats in one game for three from the big four of points, assists, steals and rebounds.


Lebron vs Jordan: Triple-Doubles

Total tripe-double

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Total triple-doubles

Average per season

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Average per season

Season Record

Lebron vs Jordan: Triple-Doubles, Season record
Season record

LeBron has amassed 52 triple-doubles during his career, 35 with the Cavs but only two of which came during the current season. The triple-double is often held up as a mark of the true all-round player, and while LeBron clocks them up season after season, Jordan was no slouch. In 1989, he clocked 10 triple-doubles in an 11-game streak, and 15 for the season—something LeBron has yet to manage.

Is there a definitive answer as to who is the greatest? Good luck with that. Jordan will always be Jordan, and Lebron will always be King James.


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