Michael Jordan: 2014 Eddition

Michael Jordan will forever be the greatest to ever step foot on the hardwood.

Many debate over who is better, Lebron James or Michael Jordan.  Well I'm here to put that argument to rest once and for all.

Before I begin, I'd like to disclose that I am in no way discrediting the greatness of Lebron James.  In fact, I've been on record numerous occasions praising him for his dominance in the game today.  The key word of the previous statement is "today."  Its no secret the game has evolved in a way that suits a more offensive style of play.  Subsequently this means the game has seen the devolution of defense in the NBA.

OK, now that I got the disclaimer out of the way I can get to my point.  Michael Jordan played in an era where a foul wasn't called every time he was touched, breathed on, or looked at the wrong way, and yet he still averaged 30 points a game for his career.  On the flip side, Lebron, by no fault of his own, plays in a time where you can't sneeze on a guy without getting a flagrant two called on you, and averages 25 points a game for his career.  Now there is no way to determine whether or not James could play in the MJ era (my guess is he'd still be dominant) but we can say that with less physical defenses and more trips to the line that Jordan's ppg average would be significantly higher if he were playing in today's time (my guess is somewhere around 40 points a night).  Jordan was the most dominant player and an unstoppable scorer when players took pride in defense.  There weren't many fast breaks, there was no "Lob City," 130-100 routes were a rarity, and furthermore, the Eastern Conference wasn't a complete joke.

There is no doubt in my mind that Lebron James will go down as one of the best in NBA history, but Michael Jordan will forever be the greatest to ever step foot on the hardwood.  Lets stop the ridiculous debate and understand the fact that both players are/were dominant in their times and both have made the NBA, as they say "amazing."