Lebron vs jordan playoff opponent advantage a year by year examination of one of the nba s biggest questions. The on going debate between lebron james and michael jordan as the undoubtedly greatest basketball player of all time has seemingly tipped into the latter s favor once more following james and his cleveland cavaliers latest loss in the 2017 nba finals.
Espn s micah adams ranks their finals opponents to see.
Lebron james finals opponents vs michael jordan. Only 9 out of 48 hall of fame opponents jordan faced were in the finals 18. That basically means the average team jordan faced in the nba finals is the same as the worst team james ever played on the biggest stage. Comparing michael jordan lebron james s finals all star opponents posted on may 27 2017 by alex sumsky when people ask about the michael jordan vs lebron james debate one of the pro michael jordan arguments revolves around his 6 0 finals record.
Jordan s average eastern conference finals opponent was nearly a point better in net rating than james s. 33 out of 66 hall of fame opponents lebron james faced were in the finals 50. Lebron james and michael jordan are forever linked with each other in the g o a t.
Playoff advanced stats jordan is the all time playoff leader in per and box plus minus and he has the highest usage percentage. Michael jordan comparison head to head comparison between the nba stars michael jordan and lebron james that includes championships won honors and awards obtained regular season and playoffs stats and other data put side by side. However as espn stats and info recently pointed out there s one compelling statistic that puts james finals performances under a.
But how do the king s opponents compare to those who faced his airness. Many have already argued that he is and this inevitable fourth championship win affirms it. While lebron is playing in his 10th finals everyone is talking about whether he is any closer to michael jordan on the all time list.
The flip side is that james s nba finals opponents were much tougher than jordan s. Nobody can ever take away mj s sterling 6 0 record. Lebron james can t touch michael jordan s perfect 6 0 finals record.
Indeed if you stack up all 13 teams these two faced in the nba finals six of the top eight would be lebron opponents including the top four the 2017 warriors 2016 warriors 2014 spurs and. But james tops everyone in vorp.