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Michael Jordan is the greatest professional basketball player throughout NBA history.

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Started: 2/24/2014 Category: Sports
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Michael Jordan has successfully earned several awards throughout the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Accomplishing five most valuable player awards, six NBA championships, fourteen time all star, ten scoring titles, and scoring twenty-five game winning baskets. Although it's not just numbers and statistics that make Michael Jordan the greatest basketball player. The number 23 has been immortalized throughout all sports circles because of the passion, love, discipline and leadership Michael Jordan showed on and off the court. After being cut from his high school basketball team, Jordan still continued to work hard and dedicate himself to the sport he enjoyed playing. Making the spotlight not only in the NBA, but in college as well making a last minute clutch shot in the NCAA Championship game. This directed him towards playing the leadership role for the Chicago Bulls, averaging over 30 points a game. Although other players such as Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and Kevin Durant have accomplished many awards. Michael Jordan was the first person who set the standard towards his goals, playing techniques, and strategy to the game. Michael Jordan is looked upon much more than a basketball icon, but as a legend. Therefor Michael Jordan was and will forever remain the best player throughout NBA history.



This debate is epic!

Great one for sports fans!

Michael Jordan was one of the best, there can be no doubt about that.

Anyone who disagrees with the sentiment better know basketball and sports well enough to make a compelling case to the contrary.

I think a compelling case can be made in which MJ (Michael Jordan) is not the greatest ever throughout NBA history.

Using basketball (NBA) history and other players as catalysts I will make the case in the following ways - using data from:

1) Stats Analysis - Statistical History
2) Accolades - History & Projections
3) Basketball History
4) Phil Jackson
5) Scottie Pippen
6) Projections & the Evolution of the Sport of Basketball
7) Kobe Bryant, Lebron James & Kevin Durant
8) (MJ) Michael Jordan himself - (why he is one of the best)
9) Kobe vs. MJ Comparisons
10) Sports Science

A great deal of my case will be predicated on the Kobe vs. MJ comparisons.

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The Great Debate

For the sake of the sports fans who wanted to read this debate - I will carry on despite Pro's forfeitures.

Here we go sports fans!

Michael Jordan Admits Kobe Could Beat Him One on One:

Taken from the LA Times, Oct. 01, 2013 [1]:

"If Kobe Bryant can win a sixth title, he'll match Michael Jordan's count.

While the debate of who is the best player of all time is quite subjective, it's fun to mull over.

Jordan added a little fuel to the fire with his comments promoting the NBA 2K14 video game, according to the Associated Press."

How would Jordan fare playing one-on-one against players like Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Bryant?

"I don't think I would lose," said Jordan, "other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all my moves."

Bryant gave a quick response on Twitter:

"Domino effect. I stole some of his.. this generation stole some of mine."

What's interesting to note here is that Jordan admits the only one he might lose to in a one on one basketball situation is to Kobe.

I would argue the MJ stole from Dr. J. (Julius Irving).

Phil Jackson:

Scottie Pippen:

Kobe Scores 81 Points in a Single Game (Second Most in NBA History):

Source References:

To Be Continued

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Posted by Nicky550 3 years ago
If you are talking about the past, then yes Micheal Jordan is the best. But players like Kobe and Lebron will surely surpass him in their nba careers. Lebron James is a young guy and in the many years he has left in the league he will definitely achieve more than Jordan did.
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