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Michael Jordan Comparison With His "Heirs" and Current NBA Stars.

This is a comparison of Michael Jordan's numbers with those achieved by the players signaled as his heirs and other current stars.

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As soon as MJ put a step off the court after his second retirement, everybody started to look for the "next Jordan". Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, Allen Iverson, Kevin Garnett and more recently Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are some of his "heirs".

Most of these players have already shown that although they are great they will never be at Jordan's level.

The hyper-advertised James looks better every season, his numbers are amazing and finally won his first Championship in 2012 and repeated in 2013 but he also has a long way to go to prove he has the right attitude. In fact because of his stats and style he's now being compared more with Oscar Robertson than with MJ. And talking about attitude, Kobe Bryant will never have Jordan's numbers but he's on the same page when we talk about competitiveness and the desire to show he's the best. At this point it's impossible for Bryant to match MJ's awards and career point averages but he is the only one on this list (and in NBA history) who has matched Jordan and Chamberlain in scoring streaks (40+ points, 50+ points, etc) and he even scored 81 points in one game. Although Kobe has 5 championships and needs just one to tie MJ, his Lakers future doesn't look very promising.

Note: current players stats include 2012-13 NBA season and 2013 playoffs.

Basic Data Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant LeBron James Dwyane Wade Vince Carter Tracy McGrady Allen Iverson Kevin Garnett
NBA Seasons 15 17 10 10 15 16 14 18
NBA Championships 6 5 2 3 - - - 1
Finals Played 6 7 4 4 - 1 1 2
Olympic Medals 2 Gold 2 Gold 2 G. / 1 B. 1 G. / 1 B. 1 Gold - 1 Bronze 1 Gold
Nickname His
Airness
Black Mamba King James Flash
D-Wade
Vinsanity T-Mac The Answer The Big Ticket
Teams Bulls, Wizards Lakers Cavaliers, Heat Heat Raptors,
Nets,
Magic, Suns, Mavericks
Raptors, Magic, Rockets, Knicks, Pistons, Hawks, Spurs 76ers, Nuggets, Pistons, Grizzlies, 76ers T-wolves, Celtics
Jersey Numbers 23 / 45 8 / 24 23 / 6 3 15 / 25 1 / 3 / 1 3 / 1 / 3 21 / 5
Honors and Awards Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant LeBron James Dwyane Wade Vince Carter Tracy McGrady Allen Iverson Kevin Garnett
Season MVP 5 1 4 - - - 1 1
Finals MVP 6 2 2 1 - - - -
All-NBA 1st Team 10 11 7 2 - 2 3 4
All-NBA 2nd Team 1 2 2 3 1 3 3 3
All-NBA 3rd Team - 2 - 3 1 2 1 2
All-Defensive 1st Team 9 9 5 - - - - 9
All-Defensive 2nd Team - 3 - 3 - - - 3
Def. Player of the Year 1 - - - - - - 1
Scoring Titles 10 2 1 1 - 2 4 -
Rebounding leader - - - - - - - 4
Assists leader - - - - - - - -
Steals leader 3 - - - - - 3 -
Blocks leader - - - - - - - -
Rookie of the Year yes no yes no yes no yes no
Season Stats Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant LeBron James Dwyane Wade Vince Carter Tracy McGrady Allen Iverson Kevin Garnett
Total Games 1,072 1,239 765 665 1,067 938 914 1,323
Points per Game
30.1 25.5 27.6 24.7 20.8 19.6 26.7 19.1
Rebounds per Game 6.2 5.3 7.3 5.1 5.0 5.6 3.7 10.5
Assists per Game 5.3 4.8 6.9 6.1 3.7 4.4 6.2 3.9
Steals per Game 2.3 1.5 1.7 1.8 1.1 1.2 2.2 1.3
Field Goal Percentage .497 .454 .490 .489 .443 .435 .425 .498
3-Point Percentage .327 .336 .337 .289 .376 .338 .313 .279
Free Throw Percentage .835 .838 .747 .767 .798 .746 .780 .790
Total Points 32,292 31,617 21,081 16,453 22,223 18,381 24,368 25,274
Total Rebounds 6,672 6,575 5,553 3,364 5,350 5,276 3,394 13,843
Total Assists 5,633 5,887 5,302 4,049 4,030 4,161 5,624 5,224
Total Steals 2,514 1,828 1,323 1,183 1,219 1,136 1,983 1,742
Playoffs Stats Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant LeBron James Dwyane Wade Vince Carter Tracy McGrady Allen Iverson Kevin Garnett
Total Games 179 220 138 132 60 50 71 131
Points per Game 33.4 25.6 28.1 23.7 22.3 22.2 29.7 19.2
Rebounds per Game 6.4 5.1 8.6 5.5 6.2 5.7 3.8 11.1
Assists per Game 5.7 4.7 6.7 5.2 4.2 5.0 6.0 3.5
Steals per Game 2.1 1.4 1.7 1.7 1.3 1.1 2.1 1.3
Field Goal Percentage .487 .448 .472 .476 .411 .426 .401 .477
3-Point Percentage .332 .331 .322 .322 .312 .290 .327 .283
Free Throw Percentage .828 .816 .749 .776 .787 .757 .764 .791
Total Points 5,987 5,640 3,871 3,125 1,336 1,109 2,111 2,518
Total Rebounds 1,152 1,119 1,191 721 370 286 273 1,458
Total Assists 1,022 1.040 924 691 253 249 425 455
Total Steals 376 310 236 220 80 53 147 169
All-Star Game Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant LeBron James Dwyane Wade Vince Carter Tracy McGrady Allen Iverson Kevin Garnett
All-Star Games 14 15 9 9 8 7 11 15
All-Star Game MVP 3 4 2 1 - - 2 1
ASG Triple Doubles 1 - 1 1 - - - -

* Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade recorded the only three triple doubles in All-Star Game history
* All-Star Games shows how many times the player was selected for the ASG.

Other Data Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant LeBron James Dwyane Wade Vince Carter Tracy McGrady Allen Iverson Kevin Garnett
Season Triple Doubles 28 * 19 36 4 5 4 1 16
Playoffs Triple Doubles 2 - 8 - - - - 3

 

Related Links:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Profile at Los Angeles Lakers Universe
Magic Johnson Profile at Los Angeles Lakers Universe
Magic Johnson Profile at Authentic Basketball
Wilt Chamberlain Profile at NBA Universe
NBAUniverse.com has all the details about the NBA scoring leaders, assists leaders, rebounds leaders and all the other stats and awards compared here.

 

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