Lebron James is a better basketball player than Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant may have won 5 NBA championships, but that is because he was on good teams. If Lebron James and Kobe Bryant were to play 1 on 1, Lebron would win. Lebron, by himself can win his teams games. He did that in the eastern conference finals when he scored 19 straight points in the 4th quarter to win the game, when he wants to take over the game, there is hardly anyone that can stop him because of his physical attributes. Kobe on the other hand was not even the primary option on his team early in his career, Shaq was. Lebron has always been arguably the best player on every team he has played for, the same cant be said for Kobe.
I will start off this round by simply responding to, and refuting my opponent's arguments. Then making my own in the next round.
-My opponents first argument is that Kobe Bryant won the championships because he was on a better team, and that Lebron James would win if they were to play 1on1. The first problem with his argument is that it is merely a claim with no factual evidence to support it. There is no way to know whether or not this would happen. To respond to his argument that his championships were because he is on a good team, I would like to pint out that he IS part of this team, and when you see that he has also been MVP in TWO of these championships it shows how much he improves his team.
-My opponents point about how lebron scored 19 straight to win a game is impressive, bu is it as impressive as scoring 81 points in a single game? A feat that only one other player in history has ever passed? There is no way that Lebron has ever or will ever score 81 points in a game.
So if you win two of five NBA finals MVP awards, it is better than having won less NBA MVP awards. According to the history of MVP awards won in the NBA, Lebron James has won 2 MVP awards in his first 8 seasons (1). Kobe Bryant has won one MVP award and that was in his 11th season. Kobe Bryant didn't win rookie of the year award, Lebron did. Also, when Kobe didn't have Shaq or Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum Kobe didn't win one championship. He may have scored 81 one game but he didn't carry his team to the finals by himself. Lebron carried his team to the finals with very little talent on his team. Lebron has 29 career triple doubles in 8 years, Kobe only has 17 in 15 years (2). Kobe may be able to score at will but Lebron is a better all around player.
You're basing your argument of "all around" on the fact that Lebron has won more MVP award and has more triple doubles. You're trying to gauge the strength of a player based on his achievements. If you're saying a player amounts to what he has accomplished simply look at Kobe's achievements. Since his second year in the league, Bryant has started in every NBA All-Star Game that has been held with thirteen All-Star appearances, winning the All-Star MVP Award four times (2002, 2007, 2009, and 2011). He is a twelve-time member of the All-NBA team and ten-time All-Defensive team, and is the youngest player ever to receive defensive honors.
- To respond to your argument of "his team is good not him", Bryant currently ranks fourth and seventh on the league's post-season scoring and all-time scoring lists, respectively. He is also the all-time leading scorer in Laker's franchise history. So how is it that he LEADS his team in reg/post season scoring, yet his team wins the champ. for him?
I'm sorry did Kobe win NBA Finals MVP the first 3 times he won an NBA championship? No i didnt think so, and i never said that his team wins championships for him, dont assume. All i said was he played with great talent around him, of course a Kobe's going to be ranked high in postseason scoring because he's played in so many. He has played in so many because his talent around him is phenominal.(1)When compared at age 25 You will see Lebron averaged more points in the playoffs, scored 4000 more points than Kobe did and also says this..."James has finished in the top 10 in MVP voting after all six of his seasons, having placed at No. 9,6,2,5,4 and 1. Bryant didn't show up in MVP voting until his 4th season, when he was 12th. He placed at No.9,5 and 3 in his 5th, 6th and 7th season." Hands down Lebron is the better player. He's presumably on pace to beat all Kobe's stats by Kobe's age.
I will open my case in the same way my opponent did.
I'M SORRY DID LEBRON WIN 5 CHAMPIONSHIPS, 4 ALL STAR MVP'S, 2 FINAL MVP'S, AND IS A 12 TIME MEMBER OF THE THE ALL NBA TEAM? You keep saying that Kobe is SURROUNDED by enormous talent, and you go on to say that Lebron puts up more numbers than Kobe. It is OBVIOUSLY because Lebron has nobody onhis team to score any of the points, whereas Kobe is only VERY VERY slightly behind him in numbers with 20x the accomplishments Lebron has. The fact of the matter is that athletes are gauged on their performance during the playoffs, and Lebron has done nothing but CHOKE.
This resolution states Lebron is BETTER than Kobe, without mentioning athletic skill specifically. So when you argue this you do not gauge everything based on athleticism. The truth is Kobe has IMMENSELY more accomplishments than Lebron, and because an athlete is judged on his achievements, Kobe is better than Lebron.