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Rosen: Ranking the Primes of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James

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Jerry West and Oscar Robertson were the most outstanding wingmen in the NBA’s modern era. And in the contemporary period, with its up-to-date rules and prohibitions, the iconic wingmen are LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Micheal Jordan.

With the recent announcement of Kobe’s retirement, a comparison of LBJ, KB and MJ is in order.

The following strictly subjective ratings are on a 1-10 scale, and consider mostly the prime seasons of each player.

SCORING — taking into consideration that hand-checking, etc. made scoring much more difficult for Jordan than for both James and Bryant.

LBJ = 8    KB = 7    MJ = 10

SPOT SHOOTING

LBJ = 8    KB = 7    MJ = 9

CREATING OWN SHOT

LBJ = 10   KB = 10   MJ = 10

SHOT SELECTION

LBJ = 7    KB = 7    MJ = 8

POST-UP GAME

LBJ = 7    KB = 6    MJ = 7

USE OF OFF HAND

LBJ = 8    KB = 7    MJ = 8

EFFECTIVENESS WITHOUT BALL

LBJ = 7    KB = 5   MJ = 7

FINISHING IN HEAVY TRAFFIC

LBJ = 9    KB = 8    MJ = 10

FREE THROW SHOOTING

LBJ = 7    KB = 9    MJ = 9

BALL HANDLING

LBJ = 10    KB = 9    MJ = 10

PASSING

LBJ = 10    KB = 7    MJ = 7

MOVES BALL QUICKLY IN NON-ASSIST SITUATIONS

LBJ = 5    KB = 5    MJ = 6

UNSELFISHNESS

LBJ = 9    KB = 7    MJ = 7

DECISION-MAKING

LBJ = 8    KB = 6    MJ = 9

REBOUNDING

LBJ = 8    KB = 7    MJ = 7

DEFENSIVE POSITIONING

LBJ = 8    KB = 7    MJ = 9

DEFENSIVE ANTICIPATION

LBJ = 8    KB = 7    MJ = 9

SPEED

LBJ = 9    KB = 9    MJ = 9

QUICKNESS

LBJ =- 9    KB = 9    MJ = 9

SCORING IN THE CLUTCH

LBJ = 8    KB = 7    MJ = 9

VERSATILITY

LBJ = 10    KB = 7    MJ = 8

DURABILITY

LBJ = 10    KB = 7    MJ = 10

STRENGTH

LBJ = 10    KB = 6    MJ = 8

CONSISTENCY IN REGULAR SEASON

LBJ = 8    KB = 9    MJ = 9

CONSISTENCY IN FINALS

LBJ = 7    KB = 8    MJ = 10

COACHABILITY

LBJ = 6    KB = 5    MJ = 7

DISCIPLINE

LBJ = 7    KB = 6    MJ = 8

COMPETITIVENESS

LBJ = 9    KB = 10    MJ = 10

BASKETBALL IQ

LBJ = 9    KB = 8    MJ = 9

TOTALS

LBJ = 239              KB = 212          MJ = 248

It all adds up just about the way it should.

I can’t imagine any readers will disagree!!!!!

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