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  1. Lebron faced five 59+ win teams in the eastern conference during finals runs, MJ faced three 59+ win teams during his finals runs. Jordan couldn't, and didn't win without Pippen. Win-loss record without pippen 1985: 39-47 1986: 30-55 1987: 40-45. He won one solitary playoff game without him, 1. Playoff win percentage without an all-star LeBron: 58% MJ without Pippen: 10%
  2. Imagine if Lebron only had that kind of opponents as MJ had. How many championships he would've won.
  3. Who played the best individual game in NBA history? Did LeBron James play the 3 greatest games in a row to end the 2016 NBA Finals? Here's a deep dive into LeBron's Game 5, Game 6 and Game 7 against the 73-win Golden State Warriors that drove Cleveland's 3-1 comeback. Other great 3-game stretches from a playoff series: -Elgin Baylor, 1961: Final 3 games of WCF averaged 41.7 ppg 17.7 rpg but didn't shoot well (49.5% TS) -Wilt, 1967: G3-G5 ECF: 20-41-9, 20-22-10, and then 29-36-13 (54.4% TS) -Kareem 1977, G4-G6 WCSF: 43 ppg 18.7 rpg 3 apg (65% TS) -Bird 1986: G1-G3 Finals averaged 25.7 ppg 10.3 rpg 10.3 apg 4.0 steals 0.7 blks (55% TS) -Magic 1987: G1-G3 Finals averaged 27.7 ppg 14 apg 8 rpb 2 steals (63% TS) -Jordan 1991: G1-G3 Finals averaged 32.7 ppg 11.3 apg 8.0 rpg 3 stl 1 bpg (62.5% TS) -Jordan 1993 :G3-G5 Finals averaged 46.7 ppg 8 rpg 5.7 apg (56.5% TS) -Hakeem 1995: G1-G3 WCF: 37 ppg 11.7 rpg 4.7 apg 4.0 blocks (60% TS) -Shaq, 2000: G1-G3 of 2000 Finals averaged 38.7 ppg 18.7 rpg 3.0 apg (64% TS) -Duncan, 2003: G1-G3 WCF: 35.3 ppg 18.0 rpg 6.0 apg 3.3 blocks (66% TS) -Wade, 2006: G3-G5 Finals averaged 40.3 ppg 7.7 rpg 3.0 apg 61% TS) -Kobe 2010: G4-G6 WCF: 35 ppg 8 rpg 7 apg (64% TS) -Also note that Jerry West in 1965 averaged 46.3 ppg in the series against the Baltimore Bullets (7 apg, 6 rpg), 55% TS
  4. Jordan didn't have to contend with a generation behind him - go look at the drafts from '86-'95; there was very little top-end talent entering the league and a good number of 'em were on the Bulls. Jordan also played in a watered-down league as the NBA expanded from 23 teams to 30, and the West was the deeper conference back then. So basically when Jordan was winding down his prime, all his competition was ALSO winding down theirs, and most were even older than he was. LeBron, meanwhile, has had to play his last two Finals against TWO league MVPs in their prime that partnered up while his "superstar" teammates are both guys who have won a total of zero playoff games without him. Lebron faced five 59+ win teams in the eastern conference during finals runs, MJ faced three 59+ win teams during his finals runs. Jordan couldn't, and didn't win without Pippen. Win-loss record without pippen 1985: 39-47 1986: 30-55 1987: 40-45. He won one solitary playoff game without him, 1. Playoff win percentage without an all-star LeBron: 58% MJ without Pippen: 10% Lebron at 22 years of age won 66 games, and dragged Ilgauskas, Varejao, Delonte West, Mo Williams to the 2007 finals, and were defeated by a Spurs Dynasty. Seasons over .500 Lebron 14-3 MJ 10-5 1st round record Lebron 13-0 MJ 9-3 2nd round record Lebron 10-3 MJ 8-2 Conference record Lebron 9-1 MJ 6-2 Categories in the finals Lebron leads all: Points Per Game Rebounds Per Game Assists Per Game Steals Per Game Blocks Per Game. MJ leads Points Per Game Pippen leads every other category. All NBA Selections Lebron total selected 15 Season's played 16. MJ total selected 11 season's played 15. Lebron his last 3 finals losses 34.4 PPG 11.6 RPG 9.5 APG 51.4 FG% MJ his last 3 finals wins 31.1 PPG 5.6 RPG 4.2 APG 45.4 FG% 2009 Cavs 66 wins Ilgauskas, Varejao, Delonte West, Mo Williams Coach: Mike Brown 1996 Bulls 72 wins Pippen, Rodman, Kukoc, Kerr Coach: Phil Jackson Lebron has had 7 different coaches, non of which have made a conference final without him Number of Hall of Famers faced Lebron 25 MJ 8 MJ won a ring in 96 averaging 27 PPG on a 43% FG Kobe won a ring in 2010 averaging 28 PPG on a 40% FG Kawhi won a ring in 2019 averaging 28 PPG on a 43% FG Lebron lost in 2017 averaging 34 PPG on a 56% FG
  5. 1st 3 peat Lakers had Magic with aids and no Kareem. Drexler by himself. Then Barkley, and Kevin Johnson lol. He's the GOAT coach regardless. Bulls couldn't beat Shaq and Penny in the 1995 eastern conference finals and he wasn't rusty he dropped 2 50 point games prior to that series, they needed Rodman. Rodman's offensive rebounding won the following 1996 series, most long time Bulls fans agree. Jordan not only shot terribly from the field, he was absolute s--- in the fourth quarters too (shot 33.3% in them, and only 15.4% in the fourth quarters of the three close games). In the two close wins of the series, Rodman averaged 11 offensive rebounds/game. He was setting records, and when MJ was shooting the team out of the game with bricks (rest of the team struggled shooting wise too), it was Rodman getting all those rebounds to give Bulls the extra possessions. Bulls as a team shot much lower than Sonics in that series...why do you think they still won? They got 34 more possessions from offensive rebounds (Rodman alone had 41!). MJ's scoring could have been replaced in that series, but Rodman's historic offensive rebounding? Not so much. Rodman should have been the MVP of that Finals. The Bulls shot much worse from the field than the Sonics in the Finals but still won. How did that happen? Simple. The Bulls got more shot opportunities from offensive rebounds basically negating many of their misses. Rodman, by himself, secured and additional 41 possessions for the Bulls with his offensive rebounding including 2 games where he tied´╗┐ an NBA Finals record. That's like playing H-O-R-S-E and someone giving you multiple "do overs" after you've missed.
  6. Not cool man joking about a long term injury involving surgery, just get out of here unless you have something decent to contribute.
  7. Paul George's shoulder's may not last 2 years. Leonard finished last season basically playing on 1 leg. Lakers will crush them.
  8. Denver are just too stacked for him to make the jump into top 3-5 territory. Best case the plateau continues.
  9. Both point league god's, especially Terry. If Delon can improve his shooting he could wind up being one of the best sleepers this season. Doubtful that Terry will but his stocks will be off the charts.
  10. Absolutely but LeVert is clearly the 2nd best player on this team this season. Can you imagine the tutelage LeVert will soak up from 2 superstars? When he hits his prime 28, Irving will be 31 & KD 34 likely under load management, or even more likely on other teams.
  11. LeVert will feast when this guy inevitably goes out.
  12. Mitchell, he'll turn into a god when father time catches up with Conley. He's the Jazz franchise. Booker's the Suns franchise.
  13. Sexton Hayward Favors. Can't see Favors lasting too long as a Pelican despite this season's popcorn stats. Hayward will surprise a lot of people, didn't even go home to San Diego remained in Boston with the staff & coaches, who love him and are all in, to prepare at full strength. Dedicated. Chip firmly on his shouder. Don't sleep.
  14. JJJ could breakout before the new year, whole fteam will run through him.