The Great Debate: Michael Jordan vs LeBron James

GOAT. Greatest. Of. All. Time. If you have not heard that phrase, especially lately in regards to the NBA - you are not paying attention. We all want to know who the GOAT is.. Michael Jordan or LeBron James. While we honestly think this argument is like deciding between your mother and your father, you have to have a side on who you prefer as the Greatest Of All Time. Let's take a look at a few statistics.

Michael Jordan played is 6 and 0 in the Finals. He won back-to-back-to-back titles in 1991, 1992 and 1993 and then returned to the game to win another three straight from '96-'98. Jordan also was a key cog on the team that won 72 games, which is still a NBA record during the regular season.

LeBron James is starting his 8th straight trip to the NBA Finals. Of course, LeBron joined the league as a teenager, but every June from 2011 - 2018 - LeBron and his teammates have been playing in the NBA Finals. This season - LeBron will be chasing his fourth ring (second with the Cleveland Cavaliers).

Jordan and LeBron have lists of accomplishments that are out of this world. Jordan, of course has the college accomplishments, as James bypassed that part of his career. Some notable M.J. awards: 6x Finals MVP, 5x NBA MVP, 10x scoring leader, 14x All Star, 3x All Star Game MVP, 9x All Defensive 1st Team, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year. Other non-NBA awards - Olympic Hall of Fame, FIBA Hall of Fame, 2x Gold Medal Winner, Triple Crown of Basketball winner, 3x AP Athlete of the Year, SI Sportsman of the Year.

LeBron James is still adding to his resume. Here's a list of things the King has done: 3x NBA Finals MVP, 4x NBA MVP, 14x All Star, 3x All Star Game MVP, 5x All Defensive Team, Rookie of the Year, Scoring Champion. Just like Jordan - he has a list of other accomplishments as well. 2x Olympic Gold Medal Winner,  Olympic Bronze Winner, FIBA Bronze Medal Winner, FIBA America's Gold Medal, USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.

The numbers on these guys are insane. Michael Jordan scored over 30 points per game in the regular season. Add that along with 6 rebounds and 5 assists and that's your guys the Bulls relied on for all these years. Jordan played along side Scottie Pippen as his main guy. In the postseason, Jordan scored more than 33 points per game. Jordan went 9 seasons without missing a single game in the regular season. The Bulls super star rarely ever missed a game.

LeBron James is at at career 27.2 points per game in the regular season. Where James lacks in scoring from M.J. - he makes up with the other categories. James is averaging 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists during the regular season. LeBron is also at 1.6 steals and just shy of a block per game. James has played 62+ games in every season of his career. LeBron played in every game in the 2017 - 2018 regular season. The postseason for LeBron has been pretty incredible. The Cavaliers superstar is scoring nearly 29 points per game. Last season, despite the loss to the Warriors in the finals, LeBron finished with 32.8 points per game. James is also adding 7 assists and 9 rebounds per game in the postseason.

When push comes to shove - honestly - they are both GOATS. When you go to a zoo - there are multiple GOATS. But, in the end - if I wanted someone to physical outclass another guy and take over the game, I am taking LeBron James. If I needed an athletic specimen that refused to lose, and hit big shot after big shot his entire life - I am taking Michael Jordan. They play different positions. Jordan is more of a guard, a 2 guard, while LeBron with his size profiles as a 3 or even a 4. There has been times where James plays point guard, and also dips into the paint as the center.

I truly believe different era's, it's impossible to base one against the other. But, in the end, the top two players in the history of the National Basketball Association are LeBron James and Michael Jordan. Let's see if LeBron can grab his 4th title, and as we know - this era likes to move around, so there's a good chance LeBron will team up with new teammates for next season. Keep in mind - LeBron is also going up against one of the top teams in all of the history of sports in the Golden State Warriors for the fourth straight tile. His finals record whether it's 4-4 or 3-5 is a bit misleading. Many say what LeBron James did to bring his team to the Finals this season was his best accomplishment.. It's a lot like retiring and then coming back to win three straight finals (MJ).