‘A Mismatch’: LeBron James’ Former Teammate Plays Down the Comparisons Between King James and Michael Jordan

Published 09/28/2021, 1:30 PM EDT

The debate between LeBron James and Michael Jordan continues. Ever since James landed in the NBA, he was instantly compared to some of the greatest players to play the game. Jordan, over the course of his career, won six NBA titles while James is striving for his fifth. One is explosive under the rim, while the other was incredibly efficient at scoring tough shots. Although there are arguments on how one is better than the other, former NBA player Ray Allen recently gave his take on the heated topic. His theory? fans cannot compare the two.


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Ray Allen gives his take on LeBron James and Michael Jordan

According to a tweet by Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson, Allen spoke about the two players and how extraordinary they were in terms of style and finesse. He seems right about his judgment.

“LeBron is a power. He’s a mismatch. MJ is more like grace and finesse. The comparison is really unfair to both,” said Allen.

Los Angeles, CA, Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) puts on his NBA Championship ring during an on court ceremony at Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The thoughts put forward by Allen seem right. A former NBA champion himself, he played with LeBron James and the Miami Heat to win his second NBA title. His game-tying shot against the San Antonio Spurs is still etched in many people’s memories. Thus, his take on the situation completely makes sense considering he played with LeBron while playing against Jordan during his time with the Milwaukee Bucks.


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Who ranks supreme?

The cases are there for the people to see.

Most people consider King James as an all-around player. With incredible passing skills, shot-blocking ability, and dunking prowess, James is an arsenal that teams would love to have. His explosive play inside the paint is extremely effective. Furthermore, he can knock down occasional long-range bombs. His career stats are beyond impressive, as he averages 27 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 7.4 assists per game. In addition, he has shot the ball at an EFG% of 54.3.

Those are numbers many players dream of. However, Jordan is outrageous in terms of talent and mental strength.


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Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls during the 1997 McDonald’s Championship. (Photo by Dimitri Iundt/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

From 1986 to 1993, the Chicago Bulls star was at the peak of his abilities. He averaged 33.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and followed that with 2.8 steals and 1.1 blocks. No one is coming close to that. His phenomenal dunking ability, several final MVP awards, and his NBA titles make him an outstanding player. Moreover, he is a slam dunk champion as well; just another feather in his legendary cap.

It is tough to compare these two extraordinary players. James has won three titles with three different teams; a feat Jordan never managed to accomplish. But, MJ won three in one go, took a break from basketball, returned, and won three consecutive titles, again. Ray Allen is right. They just cannot be compared.


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What do you think? Should these two generational talents even be compared in the first place? Let us know in the comments.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.