Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James: Who is the NBA's true GOAT?
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Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James: Who is the NBA's true GOAT?

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LeBron James continues to build his legacy as one of the greatest NBA athletes ever... but is he the greatest player of all time? It's a debate that has raged between NBA fans for years. Jordan is revered as the greatest because of his killer instinct, and championship pedigree. James has accomplished more statistically at this point in his career and may be the more imposing athlete. But who is the 🐐? 🏀

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LeBron James has had a nice career. Heck, he may be one of the greatest to ever play in the NBA. One of the greatest—not THE greatest. That title still belongs to Michael Jordan now and forever.

Jordan stans will take their blind love with them to the grave. They don't realize James has already surpassed Jordan in every aspect of the game. He is more physically dominating, he makes the team around him better and he makes the right play every single possession. He carried a team with no one to the NBA Finals on two occasions. There is no way Jordan is better than James.

James fans like to point out the statistical differences between Jordan and James. Yes, James is on track to eclipse Jordan in most categories, but it's not always about the numbers. Jordan has something that makes the greatest players the greatest: a killer instinct. Whenever his team needed him, Jordan showed up in the biggest moments to dominate a game with clutch shots and impenetrable defense.

As good as James is at getting numbers, he can disappear at the end of games. Jordan would rather be dead than be called gun shy with the game on the line. That's why Jordan is 6-0 in his finals appearances while James is only 3-6. The former Bulls guard had an unshakeable will to win, and the talent to come through. James just doesn't have it.

Jordan never made it to eight NBA Finals—James did. Jordan never became a consistent threat from beyond the three-point line—James did. Anything Jordan did statistically, James is on pace to surpass it. James may not have the killer instinct Jordan had, but he has learned to perform well in clutch situations and make choice decisions. His pinpoint passing has been a staple of his career, and Jordan simply did not have the court vision James has.

James is also a better leader than Jordan. While Jordan was playing, he led by example. James leads by example, but is also a consistent communicator, getting his teammates in the right positions on offense and defense. Jordan had his time in the sun as the greatest player of all time. However, James' efficiency and destructive frame give him the advantage over Jordan.

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