Who’s better on paper, Michael Jordan or LeBron James?

Ask Jordan’s former teammate and NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen and he’ll say James.

“Numbers don’t lie, he’s (James) is right there. He probably will never catch him (Jordan) in terms of MVP, but in terms of statistics LeBron is right there. And when you look across the board, not just scoring, check his assists, check his rebounds, he’s probably ahead of Jordan,” Pippen said on ESPN’s “First Take,” Thursday.

The response set off “First Take” panelist Stephen A. Smith.

“I just want to throw this water on you…the blasphemy that just came out of your mouth,” Smith said to Pippen.

When James tied Jordan in games played last month “NBA TV” put together a statistical comparison. And James wins three to two against Jordan.

Courtesy of NBA TV

The stat that Smith uses when comparing these two is NBA Championship rings. Jordan has a perfect 6-0 record and never allowed an NBA Finals to go seven games winning MVP each series the Bulls won. James is 3-5 in the NBA Finals, winning MVP each time he’s won, and had made it down to the finals the past seven years straight.

But if its all about rings then Jordan is not the G.O.A.T. That title belongs to Bill Russell who owns 11 NBA Finals rings and has the NBA Finals MVP award named after him.

By Gino Terrell

This article was originally published in MCXV December 14, 2017.

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