Are we at the point where we wonder what more can Lebron James do to get better? He’s improved his jump shot. He’s got excellent at passing. He can defend like anyone, especially when it comes to blocking shots. He can finish at the basket. He’s got that killer instinct when he wants. He’s got the hardware in MVP trophies and NBA championship trophy. What else can he do? Can he get become better than Jordan? Well that remains to be seen, and a few years ago, I would have said not even close. Now, I think the gap has closed.
People will point out that Jordan has more NBA championships, and yes that’s always a measuring stick. But why does that have to be such a big measuring stick? I consider Reggie Miller one of the all time greats, and he doesn’t have any NBA championships. I can understand that to be the greatest of all time, you need one of those. But does Lebron need to match Jordan championship for championship? Some might say Lebron is a better overall player than Jordan. I think physically, he looks ten times better. Jordan had that body to play in his day. But look at Lebron, and what football team wouldn’t want that guy with the physical body he has?
With any greatest of all time argument, it will never end. You might as well compare apples to oranges because there’s way too many variables to go with. Look at the playing style of the Jordan era versus the playing style of Lebron’s era. Look at how much better offenses are playing now. Defense is kind of a lost art in the NBA. You think Jordan couldn’t easily get 25 or more points each time out nowadays?
I think what Lebron James could do if he really put his mind to it, and this could give him the edge over Jordan: average a triple double. I’m still waiting for that year, where James just each time out can throw out 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assits. I think that would complete him as a player, and if he did that, who knows what else he could do? Get quadruple doubles? Looking over the stats for each guy in that category, and you see James has 44 triple doubles right now. Jordan got 31 in his whole career. So therefore, I could see James getting the edge in that overall game feel.
But truly, both guys are great. Lebron is Lebron. Jordan is Jordan. It’s just a wasted breath saying who’s better than who. But hey it’s still fun to compare apples and oranges.