LeBron James, the consensus best player on the planet, turns 30 today. What better opportunity to compare/contrast his career to that of the player widely considered G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) at this point in his remarkable career. Some believe James can overtake Jordan by the time he is done. Tall order. Here’s a look at some their stats, facts and other stuff.
In a sense, 30 years ago two legends were born—one literally, one figuratively. When Michael Jordan started his career as the No. 2 pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, LeBron James was. . . less than two months old. So, James did not see Jordan win Rookie of the Year or see him in his second season, after playing just 18 regular-season games because of a broken foot, go for 63 points against Larry Bird in an epic playoff performance at old Boston Garden and follow it up with 49 points in the next game. It was then that “Air Jordan” was born and the phenomenon of Michael Jordan erupted—just as James was learning how to walk.