Both Michael Jordan and LeBron James have been in the center of this GOAT debate among NBA fans over the last few years.
The NBA has seen several great talented players across generations and hence the GOAT debate is common among the fans. Michael Jordan is considered one of the best players of all time and some even consider him as the GOAT. His direct competition in this debate is LeBron James who has also broken the ceiling of greatness in recent years.
Ever since he was drafted as the overall Number 1 pick in 2003, LeBron’s joined the debate with MJ. This debate is very popular among fans all over the globe. They mostly look for patterns and logic to prove that their favourite among the two is the ‘Undisputed GOAT’.
One such argument point that fans use in their debate is the level of competition that both MJ and Bron faced during their time. Jordan has won six titles during his 13 year-long stint with the Chicago Bulls.
Whereas LeBron has managed to clinch four NBA titles in his 18 years career. Therefore the debate is often based on who had more challenging opponents en route to their Championships. So a page named ‘BestHoops’ made the most out of the idea.
They created an All Opponent team for LeBron and an All Opponent Team for MJ. The viewers were made to compare between the two teams filled with star players from different generations.
Fans share their piece of mind advocating for LeBron James or Michael Jordan in the GOAT debate
It gave rise to a heated discussion among fans as they shared their views through comments.
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One of the fans went in the favour of the Lakers star, ” Lebron by far.” While another one advocated for MJ, saying, “Mj cause he never lost to his opponents.” Some people even went a bit further to compare the opponents among themselves. “curry>gp, magic>kd, duncan>barkley, malone>dirk and kawhi>Drexler. 3-2 for bron.”
One of them came up explaining how the rules have changed especially in terms of physically attacking the basket. He feels if MJ was playing in this generation then he would have been the most fouled player.
“Both faced great Talent, but MJ faced hall of fame two way players when it was legal to Physically discourage the offensive player from scoring. If MJ played in today’s NBA he go to the line more than Harden, and the entire opponents.”
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Lastly, a fan who favours LeBron feels that he has faced some of the best talents that the NBA have ever produced.He said, “Taking Bron with this one Curry is considered the Greatest Point Guard of all Time KD is seen as a Top 10 player all time.
Some people Argue Tim Duncan to be the best Big Man of all Time and the Same with Dirk now this is dis including Tony Parker Manu Klay Draymond Iggy and some others that are considered to be the Greatest of all time at their position except for Klay Manu Dray and Iggy.”
This looks like a never-ending debate. Both sets of fans believe that their player has gone through the toughest challenge in the league. However, it is astonishing to see how these two players have fought through such talents in the NBA to make their way to glory.