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Michael Jordan is More Impressive than Lebron James

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Started: 9/17/2015 Category: Sports
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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I believe that Michael Jordan is more impressive than Lebron James. Lebron James has been declared the "next Michael Jordan" by some, the "best there has ever been", and "better than Michael Jordan", by others. If you believe Lebron James, who plays in the National Basketball Association(NBA), is more impressive than Michael Jordan, this is the debate for you. I take the pro stance because I believe Michael Jordan is more impressive than Lebron James.


Obviously Michael Jordan is more impressive than LeBron James. He is the best player ever you can't compare such a big player with LeBron James. Just see his awards he is in the U.S.Olympic Hall of Fame and he is Six-time NBA champion,14 time NBA All-Star,10-time NBA scoring leader and he has many more awards.According to me he is the best basketball player in the basketball history
Debate Round No. 1


I believe Michael Jordan was better as a basketball player than Lebron James is. My opponent seems to agree with me, so that should make my argument much less difficult.

Career highlights and awards
6" NBA champion (1991"1993, 1996"1998)
6" NBA Finals MVP (1991"1993, 1996"1998)
5" NBA Most Valuable Player (1988, 1991"1992, 1996, 1998)
14" NBA All-Star (1985"1993, 1996"1998, 2002"2003)
3" NBA All-Star Game MVP (1988, 1996, 1998)
10" All-NBA First Team (1987"1993, 1996"1998)
All-NBA Second Team (1985)
NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1988)
9" NBA All-Defensive First Team (1988"1993, 1996"1998)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1985)
10" NBA scoring champion (1987"1993, 1996"1998)
3" NBA steals champion (1988, 1990, 1993)
2" NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1987"1988)
All-Time NBA playoff leading scorer
Chicago Bulls all-time leading scorer
No. 23 retired by Chicago Bulls
No. 23 retired by Miami Heat
3x AP Athlete of the Year (1991, 1992, 1993)
2x USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1983"1984)
NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
NCAA champion (1982)
2" Consensus first-team All-American (1983"1984)
National college player of the year (1984)
ACC Player of the Year (1984)
No. 23 retired by North Carolina
Career statistics
Points32,292 (30.1 ppg)
Rebounds6,672 (6.2 rpg)
Assists5,633 (5.3 apg)



Bhavya222 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2


How much is Michael Jordan Worth?
Michael Jordan net worth: Michael Jordan is a former American basketball player and entreprenuer who has a net worth of $1 billion. Even though Michael has not played professionally in over a decade, he still earns an estimated $80-100 million per year from endorsements and various other business ventures. Michael earns $60 million every year from Nike/Jordan brand royalties alone. During his playing days, Jordan set sport records by being the first athlete to earn over $30 million per year in salary which happened from 1996 " 1998 while he was playing for the Chicago Bulls. He also starred in the 1996 movie Space Jam and is the majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets (formerly Bobcats)"NBA franchise. Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to 6 NBA championship titles. He is a five-time league MVP, he holds the record for highest career scoring average of all time and was inducted into the Hall of Fame on September 11th 2009. Throughout his impressive career and even through to the present, Michael Jordan has been a spokesman for many corporate brands including Nike, Gatorade, Wheaties, McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, Ball Park Franks, Rayovac, Hanes, and MCI. Before Michael Jordan, the largest celebrity shoe endorsement contract in the world was James Worthy's $150,000 annual deal with New Balance. In 1984, Jordan shattered all endorsement records when Nike agreed to pay him $500,000 per year for five years. Jordan also received Nike stock options which brought his total compensation to $7 million over five years.


Bhavya222 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3


Early in his career he was an unstoppable scorer, using his freakish speed and athleticism to amaze fans and opponents alike, yet he couldn't defeat these legendary teams. Towards the end of this Bird-Magic era a new team emerged as the dominant force in basketball, the bad boy Pistons. This was an important step in Jordan's career because of Detroit's play style. They were physical, defensive minded and even some believed to play dirty. The battles Jordan had with this physically imposing team elevated his game to previously unseen levels. These bouts with the Pistons developed in MJ a toughness and poise that would be seen through the rest of Jordan's Chicago career.

Once he finally defeated Detroit and won that first championship, the flood gates were open. He was now at the top of his game and had managed to defeat two distinctively different play styles, which added a completeness to his game that is incredibly unique. The rest of his career trajectory was pure dominance, winning back to back 3-peats.

In addition, Jordan's dominance through the 90s is especially spectacular when you analyze and evaluate the state of basketball during that decade. Ewing, Olajauwan, David Robinson, Shaq, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Alonzo Morning defined the style of play in this era, essentially it was a big man's league. Conventional wisdom was that it was necessary to have a dominant player in the paint to win championships. Jordan won 6 championships with two amazing wing players, in a league flooded with some of the greatest big men of all time.

Part of the reason the NBA is a "guards" league now is to fill the void Jordan left. He was the one player who was able to absolutely dominate the game from the wing, in a physical league based around post play.

I think that the above analysis of the context in which Jordan played is absolutely important. The simpler answer however, is the Jordan never disappointed, when the stage was the biggest Jordan always rose to the occasion. His clutchness allowed his cult to grow and that really accelerated his fame. His marketability also cemented his legendary status as everyone was reminded daily, through all of his advertisements, that no one could be like mike.

I can personally say, I grew up looking up to Jordan. I had posters of "his Airness" all aroundy room. Evrything Michael did basketball or stylewise, I wanted to do. So did the multitudes of young men growing up in that era. Slogans and titles like "I wanna be like Mike","It's gotta be the shoes", "His Airness", "MJ"and "Air Jordan" made MJ an iconic legend. He is one of few that has a popular first name, yet even if you here the name "Michael", Michael Jordan jumps to mind. His initials,"MJ", resonate Michael Jordan even standing alone as only two letters. Jordan went to longer shorts. So did the youth of America. Jordan stuck his tongue out when playing. The youth followed. He was #23. Suddenly everyone wanted #23 on their own jersey. And of course, we all wanted or had the "Air Jordan" shoes. Everyone simply wanted to "be like Mike".

"It's Gotta Be the Shoes"
(Old Michael Jordan commercial)

"Wanna be Like Mike"
(Old Gatorade Commercial)


Bhavya222 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4


The Resume
LeBron"s" got 7 All-NBA Selections, 5 All-Defensive first team selections, 4 MVP awards (in 5 years), 10 selections to the All-Star game, and a pair of championship rings. That"s pretty rad. It"s not quite Jordanesque, though. LeBron"s in his 11th season, and when Jordan was at that same point " he"d taken two years off in order to cope with the murder of his father, so his 11th season was the 1996 season when the Bulls ran rampant over everyone " he was still better.

Jordan, in 1996, was a 10-time All-Star, 8 time All-NBA first team, " Defensive Player of the Year, Four time MVP, Four time Finals MVP, Four time NBA Champion, and 7-time All Defense first team. Again, that"s when he took two years off, so it would be pretty easy to add a pair to the All-NBA and All-Star award count.

Then there"s the single fact that makes as much of the point as a single statistic ever could. Jordan"s perfect in the Finals. He never lost a series. Opine all you want about the power of a great supporting cast, but LeBron bombed out on his own " to the Spurs in 2007; don"t look at LeBron"s teammates, it"s just depressing " and with the Heatles (in 2011.) Whatever else James accomplishes, he"ll never have Jordan"s 100 percent success rate on the game"s biggest stage.


Bhavya222 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by tajshar2k 1 year ago
Con conceded.
Posted by IntellectVsSpirit5000 1 year ago
More impressive as a player. It won't be a semantics debate where I refer to another Michael Jordan or try to say which name is better. To be clear I mean Michael "Air" Jordan was a better player than Lebron "King" James is. NBA player vs. NBA player and arguments are about on the court things such as accomplishments, abilities, heart, drive, etc. Anything that could be on the court. I won't include net worth, being an owner, etc. Just player vs. player.
Posted by MagicAintReal 1 year ago
More impressive as a player or as person in general?
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