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)