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Kobe or Lebron 

 By @CJ_H_12

    Kobe Bryant, 5 time NBA champion, one of the greatest all around players and winners of all time. Lebron James, 1 time NBA champion, 3 time MVP, one of the greatest all around players of all time. Each of these players are considered to be in the top 15-20 greatest NBA players of all time. Deciding which one is better is one of the toughest choices of all time. I will be deciding which one is better today by comparing them in different categories. These categories are scoring, defense, rebounding, passing, and the finale. The finale will be made up of mini categories. Please feel free to comment and follow me on twitter @CJ_H_12.

         

Scoring: Immediately 99% of people would say Kobe is the superior scorer. I'm here to tell you why you're wrong. Kobe averages 25.5 PPG for his career while Lebron averages 27.6 PPG for his career. In Kobe's first 9 season's (Not counting his first year) he averages 25.7 PPG. In Lebron's first 9 seasons' (Not counting 2013, this year) he averaged 27.6 PPG. The fact that Kobe has scored 30,000 points in his career is great, but overrated. You could play 2,000 games and average 10 PPG and score 20,000 points in your career. Would this be one of the greatest scorers of all time? No. Anyway, Lebron has scored 19045 points in his first 9 seasons. Kobe scored a total of 14034 points in his first 9 seasons. Kobe reached 19,000 points in his 11th season. I believe Lebron wins this category.

 

Advantage: Lebron James

         

Defense: This one is close. They are both great defenders both have the statistics to prove it. Kobe has a defensive rating of 105, and a defensive win share of 48. Lebron has a defensive rating of 102, and a defensive win share of 45.2. Kobe has made 12 all NBA defensive team (9 first teams and 3 second teams). Lebron has made 4 defensive teams (4 first teams). In Kobe's first 9 years he made 6 defensive teams (4 first teams and 2 second teams). Lebron has made 4 first teams in his first 9 years. The one thing Lebron has an advantage on is diversity on defense. Lebron can guard point guards, shooting guards, small forwards, and power forwards. Still, the stats lead to Kobe.

 

Advantage: Kobe Bryant

         

Rebounding: This one easily goes to the bigger and stronger Lebron. Lebron averages 7.2 RPG while Kobe averages 5.3 RPG. That's all you need to know. 

 

Advantage: Lebron James

 

          Passing: If I had to guess before looking at the statistics I would choose Lebron. That's just because of all the Kobe ball hog jokes. This category isn't just passing, it's also how good of a teammate you are. Here are what the stats look like: Lebron averages 6.9 APG for his career. Kobe averages 4.7 APG for his career. Kobe drove out Shaq who could of won 3 more championships with him. Kobe is known as a backstabbing jerk to his teammates. Lebron always accepts his teammates and has never had an incident with teammates. Both can make spectacular passes, but I'm looking for someone who can distribute the ball and be a great teammate. Lebron does this. Kobe does it sometimes.

 

Advantage: Lebron James

 

          Finale: For the finale, I will compare Lebron and Kobe in mini categories such as GPS and MPG, shooting efficiency, leadership, the clutch factor, the more diverse player, and who obtains the secret?

 

          GPS/MPG (Games Per Season and Minutes Per Game): (I will not include any lockout seasons or the present year, 2013, in the games per season category) This category is important, because you don't want someone who is great but only plays 40 games in a season. To find out who would give me more minutes in a season, I will multiply the games they averages in a season and the average minutes they play in a season. Kobe averaged 75.2 games per season for his career and 36.6 mpg for his career. Lebron averaged 78.3 games per season for his career and averaged 39.8 mpg for his career. If you multiply these numbers, here are how many total minutes Lebron and Kobe would play in an average season: Kobe: 2752.32 minutes per season Lebron: 3116.34 minutes per season. As you can see, Lebron would give me more minutes than Kobe ever would in a season.

 

Advantage: Lebron James

 

          Shooting Efficiency: For the shooting efficiency category, I will compare their FG%, 3 point percentage, and FT%. Lebron averages 48.7% from the field while Kobe averages 45.4%. Lebron averages 33.3% from 3 point land while Kobe averaged 33.7%. Lebron averages 74.6% from the free throw line while Kobe averages 83.8%. That .4% advantage that Kobe has an advantage on Lebron is not nearly enough to break the tie.

 

Advantage: Tie

          Leadership: This category all depends on your definition of a leader. I don't believe a leader is someone who kicks out a team's best player; because he wants to prove to people that he is great without a great player. Yes, I'm talking about how Kobe kicked out Shaq for selfish reason. Think about how many championships the Lakers would've won if Kobe had stuck with Shaq for the better of the team. They could've won 2, 3, 4 more championships? I don't know, but what Kobe did is the opposite of a leader to me. Lebron has meshed with Wade and Bosh and continuously been a great teammate. Kobe? Listen to what Smush Parker had to say about Kobe: "Basketball is a team sport. It is team-oriented. It is not an individual sport. It's not tennis or golf, it is a team sport. When you are the star of the team, you have to make your teammates feel comfortable. You have to make them feel welcome. And he did not do that at all." (Credit to http://larrybrownsports.com/basketball/smush-parker-kobe-bad-teammate-stopped-passing/158031) Here's what Dwade had to say about Lebron: "LeBron brings out the best in me, and I bring out the best in him."-Teammate Dwyane Wade (Credit to http://www.jockbio.com/Bios/James/James_quotes.html) That is a leader. A leader is someone who brings the best out of someone. That is Lebron James.

 

Advantage: Lebron James

         

Clutch Factor: I have to go with what I have seen. Kobe has continuously proven his chops in crunch time. Lebron has shown it a couple of times. Of course, one of the most amazing playoffs ever by Lebron just happened in 2012. That was Jordan-esque. Remember Lebron's 48 point game against the Pistons? That was also Jordan-esque. However, Kobe wins this category because of his 5 rings. Again and again he has proven his point that he is possibly the 2nd greatest clutch performer of all time. Remember in 2008 when the U.S.A. needed a basket to clinch the game against Spain and Kobe hit a 4 pointer that pretty much clinched the game? Do you remember Kobe hitting the game winner against the Suns in 2006 Western Conference Quarterfinals game 4? For now, I have to give this category to Kobe, but I wouldn't be surprised if Lebron wins this category in 3-6 years.

 

Advantage: Kobe Bryant

         

Diverse Player: This one is close. They are both great offensive players and defensive players. I don't see how you could decide which one is better in this category. If you have any proof of how one of them is more diverse, please comment in the section below.

 

Advantage: Tie

         

The Secret (Who's better at winning championships with an average team): If you don't know what I'm talking about, you haven't read Bill Simmons the Book of Basketball. Go buy it; it's the greatest basketball book I have ever read. (Waiting for you to buy book) (Twiddling Thumbs) Alright, if you still haven't read the book I'll just tell you now. Bill Simmons explains that the secret to basketball in one sentence: The secret to basketball, is it's not basketball. He means it is not all about talent; it's about players willing to sacrifice their talent for the good of the team. One example is the 2011 Mavericks. Do you really think the Mavs were more talented than the Miami Heat? Of course not, but they understood their roles and played the roles so well, they were able to overcome talent. The question is: Who understands it more, Kobe or Lebron? Kobe drove out Shaq because he wanted more fame, so that breaks the secret rule. The secret rule is about winning championships though. Kobe won two championships without Shaq. Did Kobe finally come to his census and realize the secret? Why did the Lakers win the championship? I don't know, but the Lakers won and that's all that matters. Lebron understands the secret, but he has only been able to win 1 championship. If he can win 2 more championships, I will consider breaking this tie and giving it to Lebron. But for now the secret is mainly about, who can fit any average team together and still win a championship? Kobe did it 2009 and 2010. If you put Lebron (In his 2013 season) in Kobe's situation in 2009 and 2010, then yes I think the Lakers still win 2 championships. You can argue this back and forth, but I think they equally understand how to win championships.

 

Advantage: Tie

 

          Conclusion: They are both great players. Only one can be the better one though. In my opinion I believe Lebron is better. Being "better" means who can win more championships. Yes Kobe has 5 and Lebron has 1, but if you put Lebron with Shaq and Phil Jackson in the early 2000's, I think the Lakers still win 3 championships (They might have won more since Lebron would not have been an arrogant jerk like Kobe). I also believe Lebron will win more than 5 championships some day. Overall I believe Lebron is a better player to chose a supporting cast around and try to win a championship.

 

Winner: Lebron King James

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