As soon as Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals ended, LeBron James started getting comparisons to the greatest basketball player of all time.
As the main attraction for the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James is constantly in the spotlight. He is about to go to his seventh straight NBA Finals and has already proven that he is the best in the world. But how does he compare to Michael Jordan? During Game 5, James passed Jordan for the most postseason points ever, but who is better as an overall player?
First, let’s go back to the 1990s, where Michael Jordan was leading a loaded Chicago Bulls squad. With help from Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, the Bulls went on to win all six of their NBA championships during the 90s. And with all of those championships, Michael Jordan was almost always the playmaker. Without him playing, who knows how many championships the Bulls would have. Other than an unfortunate minor league baseball career with the Birmingham Barons, there is hardly anything negative to say about Jordan (unless you count his ugly crying). The 14-time All-Star and 2-time Olympic gold medalist is often heralded as the greatest basketball player of all time. That is until LeBron James was drafted.
Akron native LeBron James was drafted by the Cavaliers as the first pick of the 2003 NBA Draft. Afterwards, he started to build his legacy as one of the best players of the 21st century. James stayed with Cleveland until 2010, where he decided to “take his talents to South Beach” by going to the Miami Heat. With Miami, he won two back-to-back championships with a roster that included Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade.
In 2014, James decided to go back to Cleveland in order to bring the Cavaliers their first NBA Championship.
In his first season back with Cleveland, the team was plagued with injuries during the Finals, which helped Golden State handily defeat the Cavaliers. However, during the 2015-2016 season, the Cavaliers came back from a 3-1 Golden State game advantage to win their first NBA Championship. This in part has a ton to do with James’ gameplay, as he was easing into the conversation as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
But who really is better, Jordan or James? I believe that we will find out this week, as James is set to face one of the most loaded NBA rosters ever compiled. If he and his Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors in at least six games, I believe that James will inch closer to the coveted title of the greatest basketball player of all time. He isn’t there yet, but he is awfully close.