As the NBA free agency starts and he once again makes another decision, think about this…
We keep comparing him to Michael Jordan. But in fact he plays more like Ervin “Magic” Johnson. So why do we compare someone to another person if there are no comparisons? Better yet, how can we even compare him to MJ as the greatest, when he’s not even the best to play at his position!?!? What, did I just say that there’s someone better than Lebron James at the small forward position! Indeed I did.
Now don’t get me wrong, when it’s all said and done the self proclaim King James will most likely will go down as the greatest statically. Notice I said “statically” and not ever. His Numbers will be superior to others but his play, mindset and tangibles can’t compare to the best at his position.
In 842 games played he has averaged 27.5 points per game, 7.2 rebounds per game, 6.9 assist per game, 1.7 steals per game, 0.8 blocks per game while shooting 34% from 3-point range and 53.5% 2-point range, which leads to an overall field goal percentage of 49.7% with a 74.7 % free throw percentage.
Some of his Awards:
2003-04 NBA Rookie of the Year
2005-06 NBA All-Star Game MVP
2007-08 NBA All-Star Game MVP
2008-09 NBA MVP
2009-10 NBA MVP
2011-12 NBA Finals MVP
2011-12 NBA MVP
2012-13 NBA Finals MVP
2012-13 NBA MVP
most importantly 2 championships!
In 897 games played Larry Bird has averaged 24.3 points per game, 10.0 rebounds per game, 6.3 assist per game, 1.7 steals per game, 0.8 blocks per game, while shooting 37.6% from 3-point range and 50.9% 2-point range, which leads to an overall field goal percentage of 49.6% with a 88.6% free throw percentage.
Some of his Awards:
1978-79 NCAA AP Player of the Year
1978-79 NCAA John R. Wooden Award
1978-79 NCAA Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year Award
1979-80 NBA Rookie of the Year
1981-82 NBA All-Star Game MVP
1983-84 NBA Finals MVP
1983-84 NBA MVP
1984-85 NBA MVP
1985-86 NBA Finals MVP
1985-86 NBA MVP
Most important….3 championships!
Granted his career isn’t over and he’ll probably surpass Bird in championships, but I just can’t put him ahead of Larry legend at this time; therefore he isn’t a King… And like the 2014 NBA Finals, he’s just in second place… Making him a Knight…
If you can put Lebron ahead of Bird in your starting 5, Top 5, to take the last shot or as the best small forward, I’d love to hear your reasons…. But remember I’m hard to please so bring a strong argument, and the eye test doesn’t lie..