Can LeBron ever surpass the NBA legend of Michael Jordan?

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Who will be the greatest NBA player of all time when LeBron James retires. 

Well, James has said he will be one of the top four players of all time when everything is said and done.

According to LeBron, his top three is Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, with Oscar Robertson sneaking in at number four.

James steered clear of claiming he was the best ever in the interview, which made him come off as slightly arrogant. According to King James, it's the 'architects' who should chisel one of the top four's faces off and put his up there eventually.

"I'm going to be one of the top four that's ever player this game, for sure. And if they don't want me to have one of those top four spots, they'd better find another spot on that mountain.

"Somebody's gotta get bumped, but that's not for me to decide. That's for the architects. They need chisel someone's face out and put me up there eventually."

That's hardly the most exciting thing that a ball player has ever said.

Lets go crazy and take this further. Okay, so if King James thinks he's certainly top four material, lets assess whether he can ever surpass the best basketball player of all-time, Michael Jordan.

James currently has two NBA titles, whereas Jordan ended up with six that came in an eight season span.

Jordan won his last NBA title at the age of 35, so with LeBron having six years on that he still has a chance to match and even surpass Jordan's feat - although it would require the Heat's dynasty to rival the Chicago Bulls of the 90's.

Once you asses the honors, the next step is to individually analyze their game stats over the course of their career.

This is the part of the process were we see Jordan's true greatness. In total he managed eight seasons in which he scored more than 30 points a game. LeBron has only two of those to date.

However, James is a lot more generous than Jordan on a per game stat. LeBron's career assists per game stat is 6.9, and Jordan lagged behind with 5.3.

Jordan does come back at LeBron, edging out the steals 2.3 to 1.7 per game, but LeBron wins on the rebounds per game 7.3 to 6.2.

Now it's down to one of the key stats in which player performance often is analyzed perfectly, and that's the player efficiency rating.

Jordan wins out in this one by 27.91 to 27.71, which suggests that the two are almost inseparable.

At the end of the day, it would take an incredible Indian summer of a career by James to surpass Jordan, but it's possible.

If LeBron continues to win titles and improves his player efficiency rating, there may be enough of a case to class LeBron James as the best of all-time in six or seven years.

However, it would take a superhuman effort not seen before in the NBA.

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