LeBron James is the greatest player of the current generation, but how does he stack up against the all-time greats? I don't think he fairs well. LeBron has been on great teams throughout his career, and while I won't argue that he was the best player on every team he has ever played for, I will say that without his supporting cast of players like Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving, he wouldn't have three championships like he does. He has been running to superteams for his whole career. He leaves Cleveland and joins the Heat with Dwyane Wade and has Chris Bosh come with him. After he wins two championships with the Heat and they seem to be getting a little bit old, he leaves them and goes back to the Cavs, who by then had Kyrie Irving and then he had Kevin Love join him. The worst part is that he criticizes Kevin Durant for leaving Oklahoma for Golden State when he did the same exact thing. I'm not a fan of KD's move either, but LeBron is a hypocrite for trying to bash Durant.
LeBron would wither away in Jordan's era. The way LeBron flops and complains, I would love to see him try to hang with the Jordans, Pippens and Rodmans of that era. He wouldn't be able to take it. Here are 15 of the NBA's all-time greats, that are better than LeBron James.
15 Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant just recently retired. While I personally was not a fan of his, I have to acknowledge his greatness. Bryant had a lot of help on his championship teams, but looking at the numbers Kobe put up, you can't deny that he is better than LeBron. Kobe scored 81 points in a single game. That's the closest anyone has ever gotten to Wilt Chamberlain's record.
14 Jerry West
13 Bill Russell
Bill Russell has 11 NBA championships. That is incredible no matter what era you are playing in, as it's nearly impossible to accomplish that feat in today's game.. Russell was a defensive monster. He won the MVP award five times and was an all star 12 times. Russell played on one of the greatest teams of all time. Bill even has the finals MVP trophy named after him. Every year he presents it to the Finals MVP himself, most recently, LeBron James.
12 Karl Malone
Karl Malone is one of the greatest scorers in the history of the NBA. He would be much higher on this list if he could have won it all at least once in his career. Even though he had John Stockton he could still never win the championship.
11 Larry Bird
Larry Bird, aka, "The Hick from French Lick" is one of the best players from one of the best eras of NBA basketball. The number of great players during the time and the rivalries make it one of the best times to watch basketball, as the competition was off the charts at that time. Bird was a 3x MVP, a 12x all star, a 2x finals MVP, and a 3x NBA champion. Bird was a great shooter, rebounder, defender and even passer.
10 Tim Duncan
9 Oscar Robertson
Oscar Robertson may be the most well rounded player in NBA history. He is the only player in NBA history to average a triple double. He did that in his 2nd season in the league but he was very close many other seasons.
Many people call LeBron the triple double machine, but has he ever averaged a triple double? The closest thing to a triple double machine in the NBA is Russell Westbrook. He has a legitimate chance to be the 2nd player to ever average a triple double.
8 Moses Malone
Moses Malone was a monster on the court. On an average night he put up better numbers than most players could put up on their best night. Moses earned his nickname, "chairman of the boards" for grabbing over 17,000 rebounds in his career. In 1979 he averaged 17 rebounds per game in an entire 82 game season. He was also a great scorer. He averaged 20 points per game in his career. Some of his best accomplishments are being a Hall of Famer, winning the 1983 NBA championship, 3 MVPs, and being a 13-time all star.
7 Julius Erving
6 Shaquille O'Neal
5 Hakeem Olajuwon
Hakeem Olajuwon is the greatest post player to ever lace up a pair of basketball shoes. He had every move you can think of. The hook, the fade, the dream shake, everything. The isn't a move in the post he can't perform. Nowadays he even has his own basketball court and trains NBA players in the post. He has worked with LeBron. The fact that LeBron is learning from Hakeem is a good indicator that Hakeem is the better player.
4 Magic Johnson
3 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul- Jabbar may have the single best shot in basketball history, the sky-hook. It was the most unstoppable, unblockable shot the game has ever seen. Kareem is the NBA's all time leading scorer, but more than that, he won. He was on great teams, sure, but he was usually the best player on the team. Kareem made the all NBA team 15 times which is incredible, 11-time all defensive team, 19 time all star, a six time MVP and has six championships. Jabbar has done it all.
2 Wilt Chamberlain
1 Michael Jordan
Even Micheal Jordan isn't safe from the LeBron fanboys. Some people will even try to claim that LeBron has overtaken Jordan even though he has less championships, less MVPs and has fewer clutch moments. If you think that LeBron is better than Jordan, then I don't think I convinced you the he is worse than any of the other players on this list. Jordan is the G.O.A.T.
You may think that LeBron will one day overtake Jordan, which I respect, but you can't possibly think that he is already better. Jordan would be disgusted if he found out that people think LeBron has already overtaken his legacy. I don't think Jordan will have to worry though. People like to overate the latest and greatest players, but eventually people will hop off of the LeBron chain.
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