Why Michael Jordan Is The Greatest of All Time


From Left: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Michael Jordan

Abdiqani Abdullahi, Staff Writer

The G.O.A.T. debate has been very controversial. It depends on the viewer’s age, and whether they could watch players like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. But the two justifiable arguments are for Jordan and LeBron. Both have many accomplishments, from multiple championships multi-time all-stars, and being great defensive players. But the obvious answer is Jordan. He is a 14-time all-star, 11- time all NBA, while also an amazing 10-scoring title – the highest of any player. Michael Jordan was also in 9 all-defense. With all those accomplishments, the only problem is he retired twice, first in October 1993, but ultimately returning in the 1993-94 season. Some might say LeBron has almost every statistic over him. Recently there was a poll done by the athletic asking active NBA players to find who is the best NBA player of all time: 58.3% went to MJ and 33% went to LeBron. 6.8% going to Kobe Bryant, and small percentages going to Bill Russell and Tracy McGrady. It is known throughout players who is the undisputed best player of all time. An argument LeBron fans say is  Jordan has only played 1072 games compared to LeBrons 1421 and still going. His fans also say he came into the NBA with the most pressure and still overachieved. But still, he will never pass MJ. Believing he played less was because he isn’t as available as LeBron is wrong. Although Jordan has played a less amount of games compared to LeBron, when he played the quality was near to perfection. Averaging Michael Jordan has influenced the entire world. His style, play, and shoes, have impacted the entire world. LeBron will never be greater than MJ. Jordan is 6-0 undefeated in the NBA Finals, and LeBron has lost six times out of 10 in the NBA finals. LeBron fans will say he played against better teams, giving examples like the 73-9 Warriors. With the back-to-back MVP Stephen Curry, the Greatest shooter ever. With another all-time shooter in Klay Thompson, and a great defender in Draymond Green. In 2016-17, he played against the Warriors which was also with Kevin Durant. Arguably the greatest scorer of all time. There’s no argument that LeBron has played against greater competition but Jordan has also played against all-time players. Players like Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Charles Barkley, and Karl Malone. Both players did not have a cakewalk to their championship. Defensively, LeBron is not a greater defender than Jordan, although he is much bigger and stronger than MJ. Jordan was a DPOY (Defensive Player of the Year) once, with LeBron having none. Jordan was in all-defense nine times with LeBron having six. LeBron will always be behind Jordan. Michael Jordan will always be the best.