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Who is statistically/overall the better basketball player, Kobe or LeBron?

Lebron James.

PPG: Lebron (27.2) > Kobe (25.0)

RPG: Lebron (7.4) > Kobe (5.2)

APG: Lebron (7.2) > Kobe (4.7)

SPG: Lebron (1.6) > Kobe (1.4)

BPG: Lebron (0.8) > Kobe (0.5)

FG%: Lebron (50%) > Kobe (44%)

3PT%: Lebron (34%) > Kobe (33%)

FT%: Kobe (83%) > Lebron (73%)

Playoffs PPG: Lebron (28.9) > Kobe (25.6)

Playoffs RPG: Lebron (8.9) > Kobe (5.1)

Playoffs APG: Lebron (7.1) > Kobe (4.7)

Playoffs SPG: Lebron (1.8) > Kobe (1.4)

Playoffs BPG: Lebron (1.0) > Kobe (0.7)

True shooting %: Lebron (58%) > Kobe (55%)

Win Shares: Lebron (226) > Kobe (172)

PER: Lebron (27.6) > Kobe (22.9)

VORP: Lebron (130) > Kobe (72)

Win Shares per 48: Lebron (0.23) > Kobe (0.17)

Kobe cannot win any statistical comparison with Lebron.. Kobe fans have to resort to either the ring argument or ‘mamba mentality/killer instinct’ argument to place him over Lebron.

and we can also take a look at the awards

MVPs: Lebron (4) > Kobe (1)

Finals MVPs: Lebron (3) > Kobe (2)

Rings: Kobe (5) > Lebron (3)

All-Star: Kobe (18) > Lebron (15)

All-NBA: Lebron (14) > Kobe (13)

All-Defensive: Kobe (12 ) > Lebron (6)

Rookie of the Year: Lebron (1) > Kobe (0)

Scoring Titles: Kobe (2) > Lebron (1)

Why is Kobe always left out of the GOAT conversation (regarding Jordan)?

Why should he be in the GOAT conversation?

  1. Kobe is an inferior version of the person many consider the GOAT (Jordan). by this definition alone, Kobe is disqualified for the GOAT. At least Lebron has more rebounds and assists than Jordan and thus has somewhat of an argument. Kobe does nothing better than Jordan.
  2. Kobe wasn’t the best player for 60% of his rings
  3. Kobe had a massive ego. Say what you will about Lebron – players came play with him (haters will say he ‘chooses and picks his team’). Players avoided playing with Kobe in LA especially in his later years.
  4. Kobe was too inefficient
  5. Kobe lacks in both stats and awards compared to other candidates. He averages 25/5/5 – those are good stats, but definitely not good enough for GOAT conversation when Lebron averages 27/7/7 and even Jerry West averaged 27/6/7. He has 1 MVP to Wilt/Lebron’s 4, Russell’s 5, Kareem’s 6 and Jordan’s 5. 
    “But MVPs are a popularity contest! and he got robbed X times” Kobe fans say. Ok, but consider that Kobe only has 2 scoring titles (Iverson/Durant/Gervin all have 4, Wilt 7 and Jordan 10), only 2 Finals MVPs (Lebron/Duncan/Magic/Jordan all have more), no rebounding , blocks, steals or assist titles, no DPOYs, no ROTY, and has the dubious distinction of being the all time leader in missed shots. How can this person be in the GOAT conversation?

You can only choose one for your basketball team: Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant, or LeBron James?

Lebron James.

And yes, I do consider Michael Jordan the GOAT. Career wise, he is the GOAT.

But you are talking about pick ONE player to start a basketball team. Lebron James is the most versatile player out of these three. He can score, he can rebound, he can assist, he play any position, he can be the damn coach!

I’m also looking at what have these guys done when they had average or bad teammates.

Jordan – it wasn’t until Scottie Pippen became one of the best defenders of all time and perennial all star that he got past the first round. When he came back with the Wizards, he didn’t make the playoffs.

Kobe – missed the playoffs without Shaq in 2005, and bounced in the first round with bad teammates in 2006 and 2007. Same in 2012 and 2013. He only got past the first round playing with either Shaq (top 5 center) or Pau Gasol (top 15 PF).

Lebron – never missed the playoffs since his rookie year, made it to a Finals with Zydrunas as his second best player in 2007 (I consider this his most impressive accomplishment), and made it to another Finals in 2018 without Kyrie. He also took the Warriors to 6 games in 2015 with Matthew Delladova as his second best player.

I choose Lebron because he can get me the most with the least supporting cast. The Cavs literally went from the Finals to worst team in the league without him. Jordan is the GOAT, but in this situation starting with an empty team – I’m taking Lebron.