Skip Bayless asserted on Undisputed last morning that LeBron James is unequivocally worse than Michael Jordan because of turnovers.
James passed Karl Malone on the all-time list for most turnovers in regular-season history last night. The Lakers dropped to 21-7 with a blowout loss to the Nuggets in the wake of Anthony Davis’ Achilles concern.
Skip might ordinarily have talked about the way the Lakers wilted after losing AD. But he set about making another pointless argument for the GOAT debate, citing LeBron’s turnovers as a reason ‘he won’t touch Michael Jordan’.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) February 15, 2021
What Skip Bayless said about LeBron James vs Michael Jordan with regard to turnovers
When it was time to discuss the Lakers’ loss to the Nuggets, Skip made sure that James was mentioned prominently. In the clip above, you can hear him talking about how this turnover record makes LeBron James ineligible for GOAT conversations:
“This is yet another ‘final nail’ in the GOAT coffin that you’re building for LeBron James. Let’s go back to the real GOAT, Michael Jeffrey Jordan. So LeBron has averaged 3.5 turnovers per game. Jordan only averages 2.7 turnovers per game.”
At this point, Shannon tried to state that MJ had the ball in his hand much less than LeBron, but he was cut off sharply by Skip.
“Timeout! Would you believe that Michael Jordan led the NBA in usage rate 8 times out of 13 seasons for the Chicago Bulls? 8 times, he had the ball in his hands more than anybody else in the league. LeBron has led the league in usage 1 time out of 17 seasons.”
“So you have 8 vs 1. And by the way, if you look at LeBron’s highest usage rate, it only ranks 6th on Michael’s usage rates. So Jordan had the ball way, way more than LeBron, but James is turning it over at a record rate.”