LeBron James or Michael Jordan? Sports stars give their verdict

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Basketball fans love to have a sporting debate. Well, most fans love to debate, but it's only in basketball that you can truly compare players from different eras and gauge how good they were in comparison to the greats of today.

Arguably the best player in the NBA right now is LeBron James. Even though Kevin Durant won the NBA MVP last season, LeBron James still remains top dog in most people's eyes, as the now Cleveland Cavaliers power forward starts to match even Michael Jordan in terms of basketball dominance.

It is always great to get an array of fans' opinions on such a subject. Who is better? LeBron or Michael Jordan? And we implore you to leave your thoughts in the comment box below this article. But for now let's get the views of some of the greatest players to grace sports entertainment in the 21st century so far.

The verdict

Terrell Owens - former Dallas Cowboys and 49ers wide receiver

"You've got to go with Michael Jordan."

Tiki Barber - former New York Giants running-back

"MJ. LeBron is my favorite NBA player to watch right now, but it's Michael Jordan every day of the week."

CC Sabathia - New York Yankees pitcher

"MJ. Definitely. There is no doubt.

Derek Jeter - New York Yankees legend

"I don't get into who's better. I grew up watching Michael Jordan and he's like a brother to me. And I enjoy watching LeBron, so I say let each one of them be themselves."

So it's clear that the majority of the sports players that HoopsHype interviewed recently believe that Michael Jordan was better than LeBron James will ever be.

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The stats 

But before you make your final decision, let's take a look at some of the key stats that determine greatness.

Point per game is a big one, and during his career so far LeBron James has 27.5 points per game in the regular season and 28.0 in the post-season.

While Michael Jordan managed 30.1 points per game during the regular season during his career, and 33.4 during the post-season per game.

One area that James does dominate is his ability to provide assists. James has a 6.9 game average in the regular season and a 6.4 game average in the playoffs.

Whereas Michael Jordan only managed 5.3 in the regular season and 5.7 in the playoffs (all stats according to basketball reference).

So the question remains NBA fans, Michael Jordan or LeBron James? Give your verdict in the comment box below.

Michael Jordan
LeBron James

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