Let's set aside the all time greatest debate and look at another topic widely debated.
Lebron James vs Michael Jordan let's look at their age 29 season to provide the most fair statistical comparison.
We will take an in depth look at offense, defense and analytics and let you know what the numbers tell us and our interpretation.
As scoring goes Lebron and Jordan are both elite scorers however Lebron is the better 3 point shooter. We will call this a tie.
Lebron has a higher career asisst average and more games with a large number of assists. This one goes to Lebron.
Jordan and Lebron are also pretty close here but I give a slight edge to Lebron.
Jordan averages nearly one more steal and slightly more blocks per 36 min.
Defensive metrics show that both have been above defenders most of their careers , however starting at age 29 Lebron's defensive performance has begun to wane.
Also of note at the height of their prime's or age 29 Jordan posted a 9.5 BPM to Lebron's 9.0 and a 9 to 8 advantage in VORP.
By his age 33 season Jordan was still posting a defensive rating of 102 while Lebron's has dropped to 109 or close to league average.
Looking at this overall comparison here is my conclusion.
Lebron James and Michael Jordan are all time greats and legends to the game. However I give a slight edge to Michael Jordan based on near identical scoring ability but overall being a better defender.
Do you agree or disagree? Let me know your thoughts in comments.