Definitive LeBron James and Larry Bird statistical comparison

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The internet is currently engaging in a heated debate, sparked by Mark Jackson during the Heat-Pacers game Monday night, to decipher just who is greater - LeBron James or Larry Bird.

First things first, both the Miami Heat star and the legendary Boston Celtics man are two of the greatest players to have ever played basketball in the NBA. That goes without saying.

But which of the two comes out on top when you look at their stats, and achievements in the cold light of day?

GMS gives you a breakdown of how the two compare, offering you plenty of statistical ammunition for those debates in the process.

Achievements and Awards

Career Length:

LeBron James - 2004-2014 (at present)

Larry Bird - 1980 - 1992

All-Star Games:

LJ - 10

LB - 12

Bird Wins

MVP Awards:

LJ - Six (four season, two finals)

LB - Five (three season, two finals)

James Wins

Scoring Leader:

LJ - One

LB - Zero

James Wins


Points Per Game / Total Points:

LJ - 27.5 / 23,170

LB - 24.3 / 21,791

James Wins

Rebounds Per Game / Total Rebounds:

LJ - 7.2 / 6,086

LB - 10.0 / 8,974

Bird Wins


LJ: Field Goal - .497 / 3-point - .341 / Free Throw - .747

LB: Field Goal - .496 / 3-point - .376 / Free Throw - .886

Bird Wins

Playoff Stats

PPG / Total Points: 

LJ - 28.1 / 4,246LB - 23.8 / 3,897

James Wins

Rebounds PG / Total Rebounds:

LJ - 8.5 / 1,287

LB - 10.3 / 1,683

Bird Wins

Total Wins: LeBron 4    Bird 4

The history books show that there really is a case to put either one of these two NBA greats on a pedestal as the greatest small forward to play the game, with both James and Bird posting some frankly ridiculous stats.

James has time in his favor however, with the 29-year-old still having a number of seasons ahead of him in which his stats are only likely to grow.

Thanks to land of basketball for the statistical information.

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